Ecology

Death in the Bat Caves

Conservationists across the United States are racing to discover a solution to White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that is threatening to wipe out bat species across North America. A review published in Conservation Biology reveals that although WNS has already killed one million bats,there are critical knowledge gaps preventing researchers from combating the disease.

Water, Water Everywhere

Northern Ireland’s environment minister, Alex Attwood, has urged all of the ministers within the executive to take collective responsibility for climate change measures. Responding to a written question, Mr Attwood said that Northern Ireland is already experiencing an increased incidence of flash flooding as a result of climate change and that there will be an …

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Are breeding programmes the answer to ash ‘die back’?

A recent, Swedish study in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research has revealed crucial information for horticulturalists in the UK, and in Northern and Central Europe, in their battles against the aggressive attacks of the Chalara fraxinea fungus (otherwise known as ash dieback disease) on mature forest areas.  Results from the study are far reaching, encouraging governments to invest in ash …

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Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction

Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The update brings the total number of species listed on The IUCN …

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BAN Foie Gras

British company Creek Project Investments is investing millions of pounds to build the world’s largest foie gras production facility in Poyang Lake, China. As described on their website, over 200 hectares of land have been set aside, with a projected total rearing of 100 million geese and ducks within five years The international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS has sent the company a …

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