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What the record summer Arctic ice melt might be telling us
The record breaking summer Arctic ice melt last month got lots of media attention. Doubtless you’ll have seen this, so I’ll just report that that the difference between the new record and the old is about the size of Texas, which has a kind of irony, and leave the facts at that – you...
3 Oct 2012
Glaciers, rats and 100 million birds
South Georgia, ice-bound and tucked within the edge of the Southern Ocean, might not be everyone’s idea of a paradise island. Yet it’s waters are biologically richer than those around the Galapagos Islands , and it’s home to over 100 million seabirds . For six species of them, and over...
25 Sep 2012
Log jams and early flowering willow take on climate change in the Scottish Borders
From Jim Densham, Senior Land use Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland Anyone guess what this is? Is it a playground climbing frame? Or a 3-Day-Eventing hurdle from the Olympics? No - it’s a bar apex log jam. And it’s a simple, cost effective measure that farmers in the Scottish borders are using...
17 Aug 2012
Stepping stones to the north
Birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders are using protected areas to help them move north in response to climate change. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, but it’s another good reason to make sure that we cherish and protect our protected areas across the UK, and that we have the resources...
14 Aug 2012
Green Travel to Green Places
Guest Blogger: Jim Densham – Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate) at RSPB Scotland. After 7 years of hard work the kind people at the RSPB allow staff to take a sabbatical. Quite a lot of RSPB staff do bird surveys for their sabbatical but whilst I love nature, I’m only an occasional...
23 Jul 2012
Adapting to change:wildlife and people of the Inner Forth
Dominated by the Grangemouth oil refinery and Longannet coal-fired power station, the Inner Forth in Central Scotland might seem like an odd place for a vast area of visionary wildlife conservation. But when the RSPB’s UK climate change team came together on a rainy Scottish morning, the Forth...
19 Jul 2012
Draft water Bill – this summer’s latest damp squib
Guest post by Rob Cunningham, Head of Water Policy Water has been big news this year, two years of poor winter rains left our rivers and wetlands drying out this spring only for torrential summer rain and floods to grab the headlines. While I’m not going to claim this weather is directly a consequence...
12 Jul 2012
Biodiversity and people on the front line
With climate change increasingly affecting wildlife and nature conservation, our new report published with Natural England and WWF-UK shows that the Earth's wildlife and natural systems are already showing significant impacts. It’s a timely to our political leaders - and to us all - just what's...
5 Jul 2012
Cetti’s warblers go north
Much excitement has been caused by the first ever confirmed breeding of Cetti’s warblers at our Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, north Lancashire. This little brown bird is only started to breeding in Britain in the 1970’s. Their numbers have been increasing mainly in areas...
15 Jun 2012
Climate change in Africa - Video
This is a powerful video presentation that was played at our conference the other week by Moussa Abou Mamouda (from ENDA Senagal & Africa Adapt). Clearly shows how people and nature are already being affected by climate change in Africa. Thanks to colleagues at WWF and Mairi Dupar at CDKN for...
25 Nov 2011
Early birds but no worms?
You won’t find many birds telling you climate change isn’t happening. In a report by the BTO, new evidence is revealed that shows a range of birds are now laying their eggs earlier in the year as a result of climate change. 39 species are laying between 5 and 30 days earlier than...
24 Nov 2010
Wonderful wetlands, loads of lapwings
This century, English summers will become hotter and drier on the whole, putting stress on the wonderful wetland habitats that remain in our countryside. Even if we do everything in our power to tackle climate change, further warming is inevitable. That's why the RSPB's ambitious efforts to...
3 Feb 2010
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