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  • Blog Post: On the effects of climate change in Southern Ocean seabirds

    Guest blog from Deborah Pardo, Richard Phillips and Phil Trathan, British Antarctic Survey In Polar Regions, where species are already at the limit of their ranges, climate change is suspected to have particularly strong effects (Barbraud et al. 2012). Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey have...
  • Blog Post: Why Meat Free Mondays are a must for food security and climate change

    Lucy Bjorck, RSPB Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Food security means different things to different people. To a subsistence farmer in a developing country it means producing enough food for their family for a year. For a low wage worker it means having cash to buy enough healthy food to feed the...
  • Blog Post: Regular burning of English upland peatlands must stop: new study shows damage much worse than thought

    There’s new science on the burning of upland peatlands and which is getting a good airing in both the media and climate change circles . Every big scientific project needs a good acronym these days and the Leeds University team hits the spot with EMBER - Effects of Moorland Burning Ecohydrology...
  • Blog Post: Solar farms opening doors to show power of home grown energy

    Guest post by Paul Barwell, Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association Today, solar farms up and down the country will be opening their doors to the public in an effort to raise awareness about how solar works and the environmental benefits it can bring. It is Solar Independence Day. From Nottingham...
  • Blog Post: Climate calls the curlews back?

    We’re calling for 200,000 hectares of upland peatlands in England to be restored. Perhaps not a surprising call for a nature conservation organisation to make. But why are two water companies among our partnership of 12 organisations seeking this – and why are you reading about this on...
  • Blog Post: The pro-shale gas steam roller continues

    The pro-shale gas steam roller continues Helen Crow RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer This cartoon sums up how I feel about shale gas in the UK. Yes, it’s one option but why on earth would you go to all that effort when there are more obvious and less planet-killing alternatives available...
  • Blog Post: Action for nature habitats and climate change

    We now know much about how climate change affects wildlife - species such as the Dartford warbler and the bee orchid are moving further north and recent storms have highlighted the vulnerability of coastal and wetland habitats. Yet - how should habitat management respond? A hugely useful practical...
  • Blog Post: Futurescoping our landscape scale conservation

    Alongside our nature reserves and species recovery work, the RSPB has a major landscape scale programme, working with other land interests in more than three dozen large areas of the UK – covering over a million hectares. This programme is called Futurescapes – so it’s apt that I’ve...
  • Blog Post: What has Europe ever done for green energy?

    Ivan Scrase, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer - Renewable Energy Tomorrow we will find out how the EU sees its role in climate and energy policy after 2020. In the mean time, the UK Government is reviewing of each area of EU policy ‘competence’, from agriculture to taxation. This includes...
  • Blog Post: Last night nature helped protect us from the storm

    Lotte Large, RSPB Futurescape Officer, East of England In the aftermath of the highest storm surge since the Great Flood of 1953, communities are now taking stock of the damage to our eastern coastline. As people assess the damage to their homes and businesses, our staff have been doing the same with...
  • Blog Post: Climate science: an alarm bell

    John Lanchbery Principal Climate Change Advisor Finally, we have it - after all the waiting and tit-for-tat teases from the various interests, the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the summary of its report on climate science. And it’s pretty strong stuff. The...
  • Blog Post: Science to shape our views

    There’s a lot of noise from the climate sceptics at the moment, as no doubt you’ll have seen. I’m confounded by the dismissal of science and hard information as we build and shape our views, activities and the world we live in. Of course, science rarely says things are exactly so...
  • Blog Post: Pests and marine species moving faster than terrestrial wildlife

    Land based wildlife seems to be responding more slowly to climate change than both life in the oceans, and agricultural pests and diseases, suggest two papers in Nature Climate Change. A new synthesis of observed changes in marine biodiversity reports widespread and systematic shifts which show remarkable...
  • Blog Post: Biomass standards – a missed opportunity?

    Melanie Coath, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer UK sustainability standards for bioenergy, burning wood and other organic materials for heat and power, have finally been published today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These standards are intended to safeguard wildlife and...
  • Blog Post: Climate challenges farmers – who mustn’t forget our farmland wildlife

    Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has gone on record as saying that climate change is the biggest threat facing UK farming. He points out that though farmers may be able to adapt to gradual changes in temperature, extreme weather...
  • Blog Post: Conservation for carbon and for nature: having our cake and eating it?

    Mitigation or adaptation? Carbon conservation or nature conservation? A recent paper by Chris Thomas and others looks at whether these two things can be balanced effectively. The approach is based on mapping, for carbon and for nature. The maps for conservation importance are produced using ‘zonation’...
  • Blog Post: The fight against forest-destroying biofuels – hope at last?

    By Archie Davies, Head of European Policy Campaigns Today we have seen progress on an issue that affects wildlife across the globe – biofuels. The link between wildlife and biofuels might not be an obvious one, but it's deep-rooted, linked to the carbon emissions and habitat destruction...
  • Blog Post: Giving nature a climate-adapted home needs action as well as words

    Government has launched its National Adaptation Programme for climate change in the UK. The plan is a legal commitment in the Climate Change Act (2008) that we and many others fought hard for. We did this because it was clear that our climate was changing and that even if we were successful in meeting...
  • Blog Post: Airports and roads on the journey to sustainable development

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. At the forthcoming Rio+20 conference , delegates will talk about economic growth, increasing development...
  • Blog Post: Trouble at sea

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Today is World Oceans Day ; the 21 st since the first one at the Earth Summit in 1992. We live on...
  • Blog Post: I spy strangers

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. The American ecologist Jared Diamond wrote of introduced alien species as one of the ecological horsemen...
  • Blog Post: Gone, and some are forgotten

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. As far as we know Earth is the only place with life in the universe. At any rate, we can be sure that...
  • Blog Post: Rainforests paying their way

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. The trouble with rainforests is you can’t make much money out of leaving them alone. Yes, they...
  • Blog Post: Feeding the world – less is more?

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Most of us don’t have much to do with food production although if we are lucky enough to have...
  • Blog Post: Special places

    I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Everywhere you go you see wildlife, but some places are better than others. A cornerstone of nature...