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28 January 2015 First step in plan to save northern white rhino

Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction. Just five of the animals remain on the planet, after two adult males died within months of each at the end of 2014. At a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, conservationists decided to harvest eggs from the…

28 January 2015 Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government

We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc’s Global Calculator shows The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid…

27 January 2015 Tories forced into U-turn on fast-track fracking after accepting Labour plans

Proposals ban drilling in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection. The government made a major U-turn on plans to fast-track UK fracking on Monday after accepting Labour proposals to tighten environmental regulations. David Cameron had previously said the government was “going all out” for shale gas development, but…

26 January 2015 George Osborne urges ministers to fast-track fracking measures in leaked letter

Chancellor’s list of requests, including responding to ‘asks’ from Cuadrilla, laid out in letter to cabinet colleagues George Osborne has requested that ministers make dozens of interventions to fast-track fracking as a “personal priority”, including the delivery of numerous “asks” from shale gas company Cuadrilla. The list of requests are laid out in a leaked…

22 January 2015 UK nuclear ambitions dealt fatal blow by Austrian legal challenge, say Greens

Lawyers say legal delays could prevent UK from realising its ambitions for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C by 2023 Plans for a new generation of nuclear reactors in the UK have been dealt a fatal blow by Austria’s decision to launch a legal challenge to the EU’s approval of a £17.6bn subsidy deal,…

20 January 2015 GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe’s biotech battle

A recent EU vote allows states to cultivate GM crops, with the first expected to be grown in the UK in 2017, but big hurdles remain Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week,…

20 January 2015 Should tackling climate change trump protecting nature?

Planners have given the green light for a solar farm at Rampisham Down, a SSSI in West Dorset. But stopping biodiversity loss is as important as stopping global warming. Does the need to mitigate the effects of man-made climate change override the need to protect nature? Climate change is with us, and is one of…

19 January 2015 UK’s shale gas revolution falls flat with just 11 new wells planned for 2015

Progress on fracking ‘glacially slow’ despite backing from prime minister and promise of generous tax breaks The UK government’s planned shale gas revolution has barely got out of the starting blocks with just 11 new exploratory wells for shale gas and oil due to be drilled this year even before the impact of plunging oil…

19 January 2015 Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists. New measures are needed to stop diseases carried by commercial bees spilling over into the wild, says a University of Exeter team. Evidence suggests bees bred in captivity can carry diseases…

15 January 2015 Scientists reveal which coral reefs can survive global warming

Study shows for the first time which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs can be expected to bounce back from mass bleaching events

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