Germany’s “energywende” threatens migratory bats

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Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus): A small European bat species, which is presumably migrating over long distances. Photo: C.C.Voigt

Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter habitats. Due to its geographical location in Europe, Germany has consequently a central responsibility for the conservation of migratory bats. Read more »

Surfers Against Sewage call for innovative new measures to rid the UK coastline of marine litter

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a crucial new environmental report calling for a 50% reduction in UK beach litter by 2020. The Marine Litter Report sounds the alarm for the UK’s trashed tidelines, highlighting the environmental impacts on marine ecosystems and wildlife, and the unaffordable costs to industries including fisheries and tourism. Read more »

New report from Survival International reveals abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana

A new report from Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has revealed hundreds of cases of beatings, arrests and abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana at the hands of wildlife officers and police. Read more »

Gold for Grow Mayow Community Garden

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Grow Mayow Community Garden has been awarded the highest level of achievement from the Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom in this year’s RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.

Iris Borgers and Erika Sager were presented with the Level 5: Outstanding award at the RHS London In Bloom ceremony at the Surrey County Cricket Club on Monday, 8 September. Read more »

New research identifies the areas of the Earth that are high priorities for conservation in the face of climate change

Europe is particularly vulnerable, as it has the lowest fraction of its land area, only four per cent, of any continent in ‘refugia’ – areas of biological diversity that support many species where natural environmental conditions remain relatively constant during times of great environmental change. The refugia that do exist in Europe are mostly in Scandinavia and Scotland.

The biggest refugia are in the Amazon, the Congo basin, the boreal forests of Russia, the Artic and the Australian outback. Read more »

FoE report links UK pension funds to land grabbing for the first time

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Read more »

Help stop the slaughter of river dolphins in Brazil

Stop the illegal river dolphin slaughter in Brazil - WDC Infographic
Help WDC stop the illegal poaching of river dolphins in Brazil. Please sign the petition today! Visit the WDC campaign page and help stop pink dolphins being driven to extinction in Brazil.

Every year, thousands of Amazon River dolphins (botos) in Brazil are brutally killed, then cut up and used as bait to catch fish.

They endure unimaginable suffering. They are speared, cut and bludgeoned to death with harpoons, machetes or axes. Some are stabbed, and kept alive, tied to trees by their tails for days to keep them fresh until they are required for bait. Read more »

Safeguarding the genetic diversity of the world's forests: first global study of forest genetic resources is published

The FAO has urged countries to improve data gathering and research to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forest genetic resources, which are coming under increasing pressure.

According to the first-ever edition of The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change. Read more »

Google celebrates the birthday of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson

May 27th marks the birthday of conservation writer Rachel Carson

'Carson's book has changed the world,' said The Times.

Rachel Carson wrote one of the Twentieth Century's most influential books. Published in 1962, Silent Spring documented the use of pesticides in agriculture, showing their environmentally destructive side-effects and impacts upon human and animal health.

More than 50 years on from its first publication, Carson's impassioned arguments resonate more strongly than ever. Google today (May 27th 2014) celebrates her birthday and honours one of the world's finest conservation writers

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Marine Conservation Society seeks 10,000 volunteers to get down and dirty for the ‘Great British Beach Clean’

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The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says recent figures showing the highest amounts of litter on British beaches in twenty years, have prompted it to launch a mass beach participation event ‘The Great British Beach Clean’ to highlight the issue of Britain’s dirty beaches.

The charity says that, in a year when pride about all parts of the UK will reach a peak with the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, we should try and reconnect with our coastline to ensure it’s a safe, clean place for this generation and those to come. Read more »

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