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“Dam it! How beavers could save Britain from flooding”

Have kit, will travel … Supporters say beaver power could be employed on river headwaters to protect Britain’s built-upon floodplains.

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Since their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s engineering skills have reduced floodwater and created a paradise for local wildlife. Should we bring them back for good?

“U.K. Braced for Record-Breaking Wet Winters Blames Climate Shift”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-24/u-k-braced-for-record-breaking-wet-winters-blames-climate-shift

Changing weather patterns caused by increasing global temperatures means meteorologists can no longer rely on historical rainfall records to predict future weather events. Instead, a new supercomputer at the Met Office simulated thousands of possible scenarios using current climate patterns.

“Lynx could return to Britain this year after absence of 1,300 years”

A Eurasian lynx stalking prey in brushwood

Lynx!

After an absence of 1,300 years, the lynx could be back in UK forests by the end of 2017. The Lynx UK Trust has announced it will apply for a trial reintroduction for six lynx into the Kielder forest, Northumberland, following a two-year consultation process with local stakeholders.

“Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF”

Kayakers on the River Wye in Herefordshire, where a drought has caused low water levels that threaten this year’s salmon run.

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A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

 

“Consumers being misled by labelling on ‘organic’ beauty products, report shows”

Organic beauty brands in supermarket in Frankfurt

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The makers of many “organic” beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled.

According to the Soil Association’s recent market report, sales of organic health and beauty products swelled by more than 20% in 2016, with the market now worth about £61.2m in the UK.

“U.K. Just Went Without Coal Power for the First Time Since 1880s”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-21/u-k-heads-for-first-coal-free-day-since-industrial-revolution

The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc.

“Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations,” the National Grid control room said in a Twitter post confirming the achievement announced earlier.

“Tesco’s plan bee: spilt supermarket sugar to help feed hungry honey bees”

Honey bee on snowdrop

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Waste sugar routinely thrown away by supermarkets is being collected to help feed stricken bees in Britain struggling to get enough nectar to feed themselves.

U.K. Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as `Flawed’

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-23/u-k-claim-that-burning-biomass-is-clean-seen-as-flawed

The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House.

The U.K. counts emissions from the supply chain that produces and delivers wood pellets or chips used in biomass power plants, but not when they’re burned to make electricity, the London-based research group said Thursday.

“Air pollution crisis ‘plagues’ UK, finds UN human rights expert”

view of polluted London from Alexandra Palace, north London.

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Air pollution is a crisis that “plagues” the UK, particularly children, according to the UN’s special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes.

“Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss”

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) have disappeared from sites in south england.

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Climate change has already led to the vanishing of some bird species in parts of England, where intensively farmed land gives them no room to adapt to warming temperatures. The revelation, in a new scientific study, contradicts previous suggestions that birds are tracking global warming by shifting their ranges.