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  • Blog Post: All you need is love

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells you about the some of the things we love and want to protect with the FTLO campaign we're a part of. All you need is love As the Beatles timeless classic said – all you need is love. Still true? It’s no longer...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of.......

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, talks about a new climate change campaign we're working on alongside our partners in Stop Climate Chaos Scotlan d. For The Love Of....... We all know about climate change. We've all heard the arguments and warnings, but it’s...
  • Blog Post: European climate deal does just enough to keep hope alive

    The growing gap between the level of ambition recommended by climate scientists and what politicians are able to deliver in terms of commitments to cut emissions is cause for serious concern. From a nature conservation perspective, there’s a high risk of climate change taking place so rapidly that...
  • 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: Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature

    Ivan Scrase, RSPB Senior climate Change Policy Officer Building the energy infrastructure that Europe needs to tackle climate change can, and must, be achieved with wildlife and nature in mind. So shows our new report Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature launched in Brussels this week. Photos...
  • 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: RSPB responds to the Prime Minister’s UN Climate Summit speech

    In response to the Prime Minister’s speech to the UN Climate Summit, Martin Harper, Director of Conservation at the RSPB said: “Climate change is happening and is already putting pressure on wildlife across the world – from the coral reefs to the uplands of the United Kingdom. Unless...
  • Blog Post: For the Love of nature, join the climate march this September

    For the love of rhinos, hedgehogs, our coastlines and gardens.... Snorkelling, walks in bluebell woods, and my local birding patch.... These are just some of the stories about how climate change threatens the things we love that have been shared as part of the For the Love of campaign on our...
  • Blog Post: From evidence to policy - why so slow?

    Guest blog by David Christian Rose, PhD student University of Cambridge, http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/rose/ Devastating floods in southern England, destructive storms in the Philippines, massive wildfires in Australia: just some of the recent events where climate change is believed to have played...
  • Blog Post: The airport expansion debate needs to stop ignoring climate change - report

    Post by RSPB Economist Adam Dutton ( @AdamJDutton ) Even the most diligent among us struggle to reduce our personal impact on the world. One thing we are sure of is that international flights will stick a huge red mark in our household carbon budget meaning we need to take fewer or make bigger carbon...
  • 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: Arctic warming brings fewer cold weather extremes, new study shows

    The climate is warming, and so basic logic suggests we should expect fewer bouts of cold weather. Yet severe winter weather, such as the cold wave over the US this year, and the chilly winter of 2009/10 in the UK have left people questioning this assumption. Record minimum temperatures were set across...
  • Blog Post: Third time unlucky and yet...

    Jim Densham RSPB Senior Land Use Policy Officer, Climate Last week the Scottish Government announced that Scotland had once again missed an annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target – as set out in Scotland’s Climate Act. scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/5527/0 If that...
  • 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: Dartford Warblers on the move...

    Did you see the RSPB's Dr Richard Bradbury on Countryfile on Sunday night? He was talking to presenter Tom Heap about Dartford warblers and other species whose ranges are moving as a result of climate change. Never fear if you didn't manage to catch it, there's still time to view the show...
  • Blog Post: What lies beneath the rainforest?

    Guest blog Matt Williams , Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project I’m writing this with a backing track of singing gibbons and the curt electric buzz of van Hasselt’s sunbirds. My desk is in an office in a wooden building with a corrugated metal roof, which makes a musical din when it rains...
  • Blog Post: Little terns feel the squeeze

    The UK coastline is a remarkable place. It is in a constant state of flux as the ebb and flow of the tides and stormy weather move and shape the sand and shingle. Shingle ridges appear and disappear and sandy areas washed away by the sea are deposited elsewhere. Many species of wildlife make their...
  • Blog Post: Dog eat dog: species interactions hold the key to how climate change affects nature

    Guest post by Richard Bradbury, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Recently, I’ve been involved in a great collaboration between partners from across the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI). Led by the British Trust for Ornithology , the first findings of the project have just been published...
  • Blog Post: Kittiwake ghost towns

    Guest post by Nik Shelton in our media team The kittiwake is a species we often talk about when we are asked about how climate affects wildlife. Last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report covered that very issue and again we highlighted the kittiwake when talking to the...
  • Blog Post: Machair landscapes threatened as sea levels rise

    Guest post by Paul Walton, Head of Habitats and Species in Scotland Lapwing with chick in machair, South Uist. copyright Chris Gomersall (RSPB images) In November 2008, we in the Species and Habitats team at RSPB Scotland were living in a febrile world created by the simultaneous appearance...
  • Blog Post: What effect is climate change having on butterflies?

    Guest post by Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation The latest report from the IPCC concludes that we are facing a big change in world’s climate that will have a huge impact on humans and wildlife alike. Data gathered by Butterfly Conservation shows that butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Understanding climate impacts and then doing something about it - some lessons from the bittern success story

    One of the main messages from yesterday’s International Panel on Climate Change report ( here ) is that a changing climate is already having an impact on wildlife and things could get a lot worse. Perhaps the starkest sign of climate change in the natural world is the great one-way migration...
  • Blog Post: Squeezed on the tops: climate change and Dotterel

    Guest post by Stephen Ewing from the RSPB's Centre for Conservation Science High mountain habitats in the UK, which reach their greatest extent in places like the Cairngorms, are beautiful, but remarkably unforgiving and harsh environments. The severe conditions mean that only the hardiest cold...