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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: 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: Climate change projections from IPCC?

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Advisor In the few days since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its report on climate science, there have been some liberal interpretations of what it says. One major source of confusion has been the IPCCs’ projections of future...
  • 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: 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: 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: Scotland's rainforest: Rio+20 & peatlands

    Rio+20 begins today. Our Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate), Jim Densham, discusses the global importance of Scotland's peat . Scotland's rainforest Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP and Secretary of State Caroline Spelman MP visited a Brazilian rainforest on Monday as...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Ensure David Cameron Shows Support for 30% Emissions Reduction Target!

    We’ve talked at length on this blog recently about the massive threat climate change poses to birds and other wildlife. Science is revealing example after example of birds, mammals and whole ecosystems that are being harmed by a warming world. Not only that but, we depend on the earth’s...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature and climate change

    State of Nature , a scientific collaboration of 25 UK conservation organisations, saying that our species are in already trouble, my thoughts turned to consider how climate change might be part of that. Especially when this UK report follows a recent global study , suggesting that more than half of common...
  • Blog Post: Greenhouse emissions and global biodiversity - an outlook

    Guest post from Rachel Warren, Reader in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia We have just published the first global scale analysis of impacts of climate change on the climatic ranges of 50,000 widespread and common animal...
  • Blog Post: Congratulating NationalGrid on its first Sustainability Summit

    Post by Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ‘What if we train our staff and they leave?’ ‘Yes, but what if we don’t train our staff and they stay?’ I laughed at this phrase, part of a role play at NationalGrid’s first ever Sustainability Summit last...
  • Blog Post: Turning a blind eye to illegal logging

    If I import a lorry load of stolen bicycles, successfully slipping them through border control and into the country, I could still get into a lot of trouble with the police for being in possession of stolen goods. And rightly so. For every stolen good there is a crime that has been committed and a victim...
  • Blog Post: Notes from Cancun: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing

    Day 2: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing Today was strategy day. We headed out to the University of the Caribbean past the burgeoning hotel complexes on the sand spit that is Cancun. Representatives of hundreds of NGOs flocked together under the umbrella of the Climate Action Network,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Making biomass work

    Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...
  • Blog Post: Nature, adaptation and climate change at Bonn

    It’s good to step out occasionally and gain a wider perspective on things, and the three-day Bonn meeting on climate change and nature conservation in Europe was a particularly good occasion. It mixed ecology, policy and economics – ambitious, but the three pillars needed to get things done...
  • Blog Post: RSPB welcomes tidal power in Scotland

    Scottish Power Renewables announced today that they’ve been given the go ahead to build 10 underwater tidal turbines in the Sound of Islay in Scotland. This is great news. Tidal stream technologies like this could play a really important role in generating lots of low carbon electricity in the...
  • Blog Post: SUSTAINABLE SEVERN – MAKING THE MOST OF THE ESTUARY

    Tony Whitehead, RSPB South West Regional Office With the DECC Minister Greg Barker saying yesterday that it’s not at all realistic that a Severn Barrage Bill will come before parliament this term we think now is the ideal time for everyone to take stock and look anew at generating power from...
  • Blog Post: When a developer messes up somewhere, he hurts the industry everywhere

    Guest post by Kelsie Pettit, Energy and Climate Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland The above words, spoken by a colleague from Birdlife International at the European launch of the Good Practice Wind project (GP Wind), are a reflection on the global community in which we live. Our insatiable media and...
  • Blog Post: Olympic football with renewable energy

    Excellent article about our global greenhouse budget in Rolling Stone (a hark back to 1970s student days for me, never thought I’d be reading that in work time!), which outlines that the world’s energy companies are now sitting on fossil fuel reserves which would lead to five times the greenhouse...