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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: 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: Telling planners and architects all about the birds and the bats

    Zero carbon homes are an important step in the fight against climate change – but modern, efficient building design mustn’t give the cold shoulder to wildlife. Th e RSPB and other conservation partners have joined Bat Conservation Trust in a new guide which help architects and planners incorporate...
  • 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: 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: 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: Climate Adaptation and the Star Trek approach

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer (climate), on the Scottish Government's Climate Change Adaptation Programme. Climate Adaptation and the Star Trek approach Do you remember Star Trek? Of course you do. When I was young I watched the Next Generation - Captain Picard and crew. Do...
  • Blog Post: Act won, seen nothing

    Allan Whyte, Parliamentary Officer, reflects on the Scottish Government's commitment to address climate change. Act won, seen nothing It’s hard to imagine a city more alive than Edinburgh is in August. Every year the festival descends upon Auld Reekie and ferments in an explosion of culture...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Bad for the environment, bad for climate but global dependence on fossil fuels just keeps getting bigger...

    Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ' Carbon Bomb' projects threaten explosion in global emissions Yesterday, this was a headline in BusinessGreen. The article was about a new Greenpeace report called ‘Point of No Return’ which suggests that the world’s 14 largest...
  • Blog Post: Would you pay for an energy system that respects nature?

    I’ve been doing a lot of work with RSPB colleagues across the UK recently looking at our policy on energy and renewables and asking whether it’s fit for the challenges ahead. In a nutshell, our policy is that we want a renewable energy revolution in harmony with nature. If you’re...
  • 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: Declining Slavonian grebes - is climate change playing a role?

    Steven Ewing, RSPB Senior Conservation Scientist At this time of year, most of our Slavonian grebes will be sitting on their nests, carefully concealed within emergent loch-side vegetation, patiently incubating their clutches of eggs. Slavonian grebes are without doubt one of the UK’s most enchanting...
  • Blog Post: A wonderful place to live

    Guest blogger: Olly Watts, Senior Policy Officer on Climate Change Lord Taylor’s words not mine, as he closed his scene-setting talk at the climate change conference we held along with Natural England and WWF-UK at the Royal Society a couple of weeks ago. He’s right of course –...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The silent assassin

    As you read this there’s a battle raging. But it’s a different kind of battle. There are no guns, bombs or explosions. The enemy is silent and often slips by unnoticed. There are signs of its presence, but the majority don’t realise what these signs are or what they mean. This is the...