Expect “child’s portions” of fish and chips as climate change shrinks ocean stock

Fish are shrinking because of climate change, a leading marine ecologist has warned. By 2050, the size of fish could shrink by 10 – 20 per cent, Dr William Cheung, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia, Canada, forecast. Dr Cheung, who gave a keynote address at the 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles at Exeter University this week, said some fish in the North Sea, including haddock, were already getting smaller. He...

World’s first car to be fuelled by whisky makes its inaugural journey

  The world's first car running on a biofuel made from WHISKY residue has had its first successful test drive. The fuel - biobutanol - is a brand new type of sustainable fuel and is designed to be a direct replacement for petrol and diesel. It is produced from draff - the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production. The other main ingredient is pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty...

Thousands of twitchers flock to village to catch glimpse of rare bird

  Thousands of twitchers have flocked to a remote quarry on the edge of a village to try and get a glimpse of a bird rarely spotted in the UK. Bird watchers came out in their numbers when they descended on the site in order to get a sighting of the European bee-eater. The yellow, blue and brown beauty is more often found in southern Europe and North Africa, and the last time one was spotted in Nottinghamshire was back...

Extremely rare seahorse discovered off coast of Devon

  An extremely rare breed of seahorse has been found in British waters. The Short Snouted Seahorse - scientific name Hippocampus Hippocampus - was found by experts off the coast of Devon. Its native habitat is the south west waters but there has been a sharp decline in sightings and it is currently endangered. It is now normally found in the Mediterranean and grows to between 7cm and 13cm long. Mark Parry, community Seagrass initiative project manager at the National...

First ever Sellafield firefighters’ strike to go ahead after talks fail

GMB members are angry enough to have given a mandate for the earliest possible strike date The first ever Sellafield Firefighters’ strike will go ahead this month after talks between GMB, the union for nuclear workers, and Sellafield Ltd broke down. Discussions lasted just 30 minutes – including two adjournments. GMB members are so angry they have given a mandate for the earliest possible strike date later this month. The Sellafield Strike Committee will decide tomorrow the date for the...

Colony of Asian hornets found in Jersey prompts fears it could decimate UK’s native bee population

  A new colony of Asian Hornets has been found in the Channel Islands - fuelling fears for the UK's native bee population. The invasive insect has reappeared on Jersey less than a year after they were first spotted on nearby Alderney. A colony - believed to have contained 6,000 insects - was discovered last week in a shed in Fliquet on Jersey and quickly exterminated by beekeepers. But experts now face a race against time to control the spreading...

Residents strip off & go nude in protest over incinerator

  Campaigners protesting against a planned incinerator have staged a rally at council offices - NAKED. Residents staged a nude protest outside Shire Hall in Gloucester in an attempt to reverse a decision on the controversial plan. The small group brandished placards outside the building on Tues in the latest episode in the long-running battle with the county council over the construction. As well as putting post it notes on the windows of the building, two protesters bared all for...

Wildlife campaigners fear Brexit will see record levels of dolphins washed up dead on British beaches

Wildlife campaigners fear that more dolphins will be found washed up dead on British beaches - because of BREXIT. Almost 200 dolphins and porpoises have been found dead on Cornish beaches already this year with the sharpest-ever rise recorded between January and April. Most of the protection for the mammals comes from the EU but once we leave campaigners say even more will die with no replacement legislation currently proposed. A petition urging Fisheries Minister George Eustice to put laws...

Romans were “thousands of years ahead of their time when it comes to concrete

Ancient Roman buildings have survived thousands of years relatively intact because they made concrete from seawater, according to new research. And the study suggests the ancient recipe could help modern builders create structures to stand the test of time - while reducing global warming. The research shows that the iconic Colosseum, the Pantheon and Trajan's Markets survive today because ancient Romans made concrete out of seawater. An analysis of 2,000 year old cement made from volcanic ash and limestone suggests...

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