UK Ecology

Talking Trees: How Trees Communicate

Frontier | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK

We once thought that plants were just standalone entities, much like us, the key difference being our ability to interact with the world and each other. But research over the past few decades has found that plants, especially trees, may not be as inert as once thought.

Plastic Bags and the Ecological Revolution at Hand

Julian Vigo | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

A report published in the journal Science in 2015 estimates that about eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in global waters each year:  "We calcu...

Freedom of Movement Is Key to Social Mobility in the UK

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli

Last month, universities in England announced a tuition fee increase above the £9,000 limit for UK nationals registering for an undergraduate degree ...

Green Transport in the Age Crisis

Julian Vigo | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

Hydrogen fuel cell automobiles have been slow to make it from testing to the retail market with heated disagreements as to fuel cell sustainability as...

Iceland's Ecological Changes and Geological Disasters

Julian Vigo | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

Over the past few weeks in Iceland there has been increased volcanic activity from Öræfajökull to Katla and Bárðarbunga volcanos.  While Öræfa...

The Wild Is In Your Heart

Daniel Crockett | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Crockett

At the moment, 'wild' is on trend. The marketing and advertising industries have turned their eye to the romantic escape fantasies we all covet. 'Find your wild,' the advert insists, click to buy.

Marine Conservation Zones Are Not Delivering the Sea Change Needed

Alex Cunningham | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Alex Cunningham

When we think of the many achievements of the Labour government led by Clement Attlee, our minds are instinctively drawn to such remarkable accomplishments as the NHS, a welfare state designed to provide support from cradle to grave, and significant improvements in workers' rights.

The Most Endangered Places in the World

Frontier | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK

Ethical travel is becoming more popular, but we still have a negative impact on our environment to the point where it is just a matter of years until some of the most beautiful places on the planet will have disappeared. Not just animals can be endangered; there are also a number of places which could vanish very soon.

Who's Monitoring Deep-Sea Mining?

Phil Pauley | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Tech
Phil Pauley

Due to a lack of suitable technology, there's been a lack of activity in deep-sea mining since HMS Challenger first discovered seabed minerals in 1873. But huge investment in emerging technologies is likely to make commercial mining a reality within a few years.

Tipi Valley- Surf, Yoga,....Ecology

Kismet Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kismet Johnson

For some, there is something about ecotourism that screams fad-for-the-rich. You go to a remote location, dine on local insects, and revel in the fact your toilet is a hole in the ground. Then you go home, tell all your friends, and have your back patted for being so environmentally conscious.

Conservation of a Rare Species: Why We Need More Female Scientists

Alison Johnston | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Tech
Alison Johnston

There are so many biases against women in science, and although many of these are likely to be unconscious, they all provide the female scientist with larger, steeper mountains to climb towards success.

This weekend, we can all be scientists

RSPB | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK

Without getting into a long winded debate about what constitutes a true citizen science project I will boldly state that I think citizen science is anything that engages people with the process of science.

Planet Appetite: In the Lap of Boutique Luxury in Las Alamandas, Mexico

Rupert Parker | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

I sleep to the sound of surf and wake for an early morning dip in the ocean, braving the breakers. Meals are taken outdoors and the contemporary Mexican cuisine uses the finest fresh and organic ingredients.

Is Christmas Killing the Planet?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Academics at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong, have recently published an investigation into how Christmas uniquely threatens the environment.

Changing the Climate and the Future of Green Politics: Part I/3

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The impossible is happening. The People's Climate March was a global day of action of historic proportions. Over 30,000 people took to the streets in London. New York City hosted the biggest march climate march ever, with religious and labour leaders coming together with scientists, environmentalists and 400,000 Americans. People protested in 166 countries demanding system change...

What the Wild Means to Me

Daniel Crockett | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Daniel Crockett

I consider my relationship with nature as a long and unfolding conversation, like learning a language that I can never master. And this conversation is never dull. Like most discourses, it only improves with time and age, to reach a point where a constant connection evolves and grows, with almost daily realisations.

The Future of Human/Animal Relations

Daniel Crockett | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Daniel Crockett

I wish to narrow the focus, to explore our relationship with animals. I propose a different future: a hypothetical outlook at odds with current reality and direction. So, let us fast forward fifty years.

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

Daniel Crockett | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Crockett

The greatest fear of disconnection with nature, and the widest response thus far, seems to be for children. At some point, society separates our young people from the natural world, reinforcing a doctrine that has been evolving for hundreds of years.

Professional Climbers Aid Scientific Discovery in Southern Africa

Will Ross | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Sport
Will Ross

It's not everyday that you hear of world-first rock climbing ambitions meet with scientific research on the same perilous face in Southern Africa. But for a group of professional rock climbers and international scientists, Mozambique's Mt. Namuli set the stage for such a collaboration - The Lost Mountain project.

The Suicidal Society

Nick Clements | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We are a happy and simple people, that's all we wish for. I've never been to your lands, but I can feel what you are doing. It feels like a very grim, unhappy place where you live. You must only ever talk about death.' The Eastern European shaman was talking about the Western European culture.

Why Is Preserving Biodiversity Important?

Maria Sowter | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Maria Sowter

A diverse ecosystem means a productive ecosystem, as each small part that makes up the larger whole plays a vital and important part in keeping the machine functioning. With millions of species in the world, biodiversity is one of our biggest economic resources for medicine, food and natural materials.

Is Mass Extinction the End of the World?

Chantal Lyons | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK
Chantal Lyons

We are directly and indirectly threatening the existence of countless species through the harvesting of them and the destruction of their habitats. Among the more well-known species we have already lost are the Great Auk, Stellar's Sea Cow, the Baiji White Dolphin, and the Passenger Pigeon.

Eden Project In Cornwall To Axe Dozens Of Jobs

PA | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million. Staff...

'Eco-doom': Silently Trending on Teens Virtual Networks

Inma Martinez | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Tech
Inma Martinez

If you thought that your children were clubbing with Penguins or feeding livestock on a digital farm oblivious to the threat of ecological disasters, smell the coffee that organisations running such networks have uncovered.

Richard Benyon's Bad Science - How Data is Ignored by DEFRA

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

The Minister for Rural Affairs has had an incredible year for ill thought-out policy u-turns.