Essex is the filthiest place in the UK

If you have driven anywhere around Britain during the winter you may have noticed the sickening volumes of rubbish strewn along our roads. Ask any visiting tourist who has taken the time to drive outside of the normal British tourist traps and they’ll tell you that our country is filthy. In fact, it should embarrass you to know that many of our European neighbours regard us as a filthy nation. Whilst London and the majority of city centres benefit from regular...

Why a trip to the woods has never been as exciting

Climate change is seldom deemed to be a cause for celebration, but for wildlife lovers it offers up the exciting prospect that the natural world is changing before our eyes. As a Countryside Ranger in the North West of England I am fortunate to be able to see the various changes of the seasons whilst out and about at work. Having spotted my first long tailed tits, weasels and stoats over the previous few weeks, I remain ever optimistic to...

Man-made pollutants “have reached the furthest corners of the planet”

Evidence that man-made pollutants have reached the furthest corners of the planet has come to light after cancer-causing chemicals banned since the 1970s were discovered in the world's deepest ocean - almost seven miles beneath the surface. Extremely high levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants - or POPs - were found in the fatty tissue of tiny crustaceans that live in the western Pacific's Mariana Trench. The same discovery was made in the Kermadec trench - the world's fifth deepest just off...

Development charity wins top international renewable energy & sustainability prize

International development charity Practical Action has been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize in recognition of its pioneering approach to renewable energy and sustainability. The charity was selected as the outstanding candidate by heads of Government, high-level UN staff and international development experts for its significant impact on hard-to-reach communities. CEO Paul Smith Lomas picked up the award from Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal during a presentation ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017. Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the...

Economy or environment: Countries forced to choose between green or growth

Poverty, unemployment and zero economic growth are the likely outcome for countries which choose renewable energy sources over fossil fuels, according to a study. Energy from fossil fuels appears to ignite economies into greater and more sustained growth, whereas energy from wind and solar power not only fails to enhance or promote economic growth, it actually causes economies to flat-line. The results, from an in-depth study of more than 100 countries over 40 years, pose a serious ethical dilemma, according...

South Africa to approve international trade in 800 lions from controversial ‘canned hunting’ industry

Born Free warns heinous trade threatens beleaguered wild lions International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, has warned that South Africa’s intention to grant an annual commercial export quota of 800 skeletons sourced from captive-bred lions raised in canned hunting facilities could threaten wild populations and perpetuate suffering.

Since the release of the film Born Free in 1966, Africa’s lions have declined by at least 80%. Today, as few as 20,000 individuals occupy just 8% of their historic range across Africa, with...

Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Awards revealed

A stunning image which captured the hearts of photography judges is so enthralling that many have claimed it's too perfect to be real. The dazzling picture features a kingfisher flawlessly diving into a river with an amazing trail of bright blue light shining behind it. The phenomenon is rarely seen as it involves catching the bird hit the surface of the water at speeds of up to 25mph - with the perfect amount of natural light. Photorgapher Mario Cea spent...

Artist reconstructs image of wolf-sized otter which once roamed the Earth’s ancient swamps

A wolf-sized otter weighing close to eight stones once roamed the Earth's ancient swamps, a new study revealed. The ancient species was almost as twice as large of present day otters and had features similar to an otter and a badger. It also had powerful jaws to crunch large shellfish and freshwater mollusks which would have been their main food. The otter named Siamogale melilutra lived some six million years ago and belongs to an ancient lineage of extinct otters,...

Bird flu is back: We need solutions, not scapegoats

By Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming Bird flu is back. All farmers and keepers of poultry have been ordered by Defra to keep their birds indoors, separate and ‘safe’ from contact with wild birds. Just this week, a flock of 8,000 turkeys in Lincolnshire was diagnosed with the virus. Some have died and the rest are due to be culled. If bringing the birds indoors to ‘protect’ them from wild birds is the solution to preventing the...

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