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Environmental Awareness (Page 2)
Osprey webcam thrills bird lovers as Lady of the Loch awaits mateGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
Thousands log on worldwide to watch oldest breeding osprey keep vigil beside Scottish loch. Inside a wooden hide at the edge of a Perthshire loch, there is a flurry of excitement and a crackling of waterproof clothing. Binoculars are raised and whispered instructions exchanged. But hopes quickly...
Natural disasters?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning - it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment" for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent.
Ethical investment: Flower powerGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
It is good to learn that Kenya's rose-growing industry has been transformed since we reported on its damaging impactIn a world of many bad news stories, it is good to learn that Kenya's rose-growing industry, worth $500m a year, has been transformed since we reported, in 2003, on its damaging impact on the people and environment of the shores of Lake Naivasha.
A diet of insects by 2020?Guardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population Western diners should get used to the idea of eating insects because by 2020 it is "inevitable" they will form an important part of our diet, according to the entomologist who heads up the world's first university centre...
Small birds thriving after harsh winterGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Small birds have made a comeback this year after a dramatic decline in their numbers last spring, according to findings from the wildlife survey Big Garden Birdwatch. Experts feared the worst after last year's results, which showed that the coldest winter for 30 years, in 2009- 10, had been...
Anne the elephant leaves Bobby Roberts circus after cruelty inquiryGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
RSPCA and police called in after Animal Defenders secretly film circus worker kicking and beating Anne the elephant. One of the country's most famous circuses has become a target for animal welfare activists after a worker was secretly filmed beating an elephant. Police were called to the Bobby Roberts Super Circus big top near Knutsford, Cheshire, as families from the audience leaving the performance were heckled by protesters.
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Sir David King: a 'massive opportunity'Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Sir David King says nuclear power is a 'massive economic opportunity' and should be pursued despite incidents in Japan. Stepping on to a transatlantic flight will expose a person to more radiation than walking around the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan - even in its current state of near-meltdown – according to the UK government's former chief scientist. Sir David King mounted a robust defence of nuclear power on Wednesday as renewed fears over its dangers buffeted the industry.
Letters: Weighing up the cost of nuclear powerGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Nuclear power is unsafe because the consequences of any accident are so dire. Despite George Monbiot's perverse conclusion (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying about nuclear power and love it, 22 March), the disaster at Fukushima has so far caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people, the...
Adder abnormalities lead to UK's first genetic survey of snakesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Researchers want to find out if decreasing numbers of snakes caused by urbanisation has led to inbreeding among adders. With a quick dart of the arm, snake catcher Nigel Hand snares his prey and holds the wriggling adder aloft. The bronze snake, hissing and flicking out its black forked tongue, has...
Weatherwatch: why the December freeze killed so many shrubs and treesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
A large number of shrubs and trees, some large and mature, appear to have died this winter. These losses are far greater than are usually seen even in Britain's coldest weather and will be a surprise to many gardeners. It seems the December cold snap is responsible. Research during the last century...
Earth HourGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2011
At 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, landmarks across the world switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.
EU to subject nuclear reactors to "stress tests"Reuters | 25 Mar 2011
European leaders agreed on Friday to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to "stress tests," to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Spring sightings, music for plants and flood-escaping spiders - the pick of this week's images from the natural world.
Strengthening our relationship with natureGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Don't think of the clocks going forward as losing an hour's sleep - a few more minutes of sunshine can change us for the better. Many people moan like mad at the thought of losing an hour's sleep. I do. But the move to British Summer Time is actually about opportunity, not loss. One can mitigate for sleep deprivation by going to bed progressively earlier during the week leading up to the clock change, even if that means shortening time spent drifting off in front of the TV.
Plantwatch: Welcome warmth brings spring blossomGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Spring is coming in fits and starts, but has been spurred on over the past few days with some glorious warm weather. The bright yellow coltsfoot bloom that looks like a dandelion is underway, and is all the more striking as it flowers before its leaves appear, which may be how it got its other name...
Your ethical wardrobe for springGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Lianne Ludlow, founder of online eco boutique fashion-conscience.com selects her favourite eco pieces to see you through spring in style
Pass notes, No 2,947: European meadow tickGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Keep a careful eye on your pet - these little parasites have jumped the Channel and could be living in a wood or field near you, loaded with nasty diseases. Age: Hard to tell. Unlike most Europeans, they don't carry documentation. Appearance: Anchored to the flesh of your beloved canine companion. Poor Fido. Still, dogs are always getting ticks.