Are We Eradicating Diesel Engines from the UK for a Predominantly London based Issue

The BBC are reporting on an EarthSense project which maps NO2 pollution hot spots in the UK

They report that on a scale of 1-6 (6 being with the highest category of pollution), no places in Britain measured a 6 and, less than 1% measured a 4 or 5. 3/4s of the hot spots with the worst ratings are in London.

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Mt Angung – not headlines news

I’m fascinated by todays coverage of Harry & Meghan. Good for them, but don’t get how it’s the main headline story when as a nation we’re trying to come to terms with things like Brexit, ongoing harassment stories, Catalonia, political turmoil in Germany, whilst things like nuclear war with North Korea could be just around the corner, or perhaps we’ll get a major volcanic eruption in Bali.

When MT Agung erupted in 1963, there were 2000 people killed. But not to worry, we look likes we’ll get a Royal wedding in the spring.

State of the UK’s Birds – 2016

State of UK Birds
State of UK Birds

The annual report is produced by the RSPB, BTO and the WWT as well as a number of statutory nature conservation agencies – Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England (NE), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland (DAERA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Continue reading State of the UK’s Birds – 2016

One in 11 Scottish species threatened with extinction, new study finds

It’s not too late to save nature in Scotland but we must act now – that’s the conclusion from a coalition of 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.
Great Yellow Bumblebee
Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 50 wildlife organisations in Scotland have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea.
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Bird Academy – Cornell University

Just browsed a few pages so far, but looks an interesting site worth digging into a bit deeper – .

“Brought to you by the education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Academy is here to inspire you to learn more about birds and biology. Developed as a companion site to our popular All About Birds species guide and the Handbook of Bird Biology, we’re here to take you deeper into the fascinating lives of birds and highlight what they teach us about biology.”


Global or Geothermal Warming

Is ice sheet loss due to climate change or geothermal warming?

Research published on July 10th, sort of suggests they don’t know – “The amount of heat flowing toward the base of the West Antarctic ice sheet from geothermal sources deep within the Earth is surprisingly high”.

Guess they’ll need to consider renaming the phenomenon formally known as global warming once again.

Environment Minister launches biodiversity route map

Details of the Scottish Government’s plans to deliver the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ over the next five years have been announced by Minister for the Environment Aileen McLeod.

Scotland’s Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 will set out the priority work needed to meet the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity and improve the state of nature in Scotland.

Dr McLeod said:
“The Route Map, published today, sets out six ‘Big Steps for Nature’ and a number of priority projects that focus on collaborative work, which the Scottish Government and a range of partners are committed to taking forward to help deliver the 2020 Challenge.

“Many of our habitats and wildlife are internationally important. Scotland’s peatlands, mountain landscapes, coastal cliffs and seas, machair and diversity of woodland ecosystems are exceptional by European standards. These support a fantastic range of species, as well as being key assets for public health and wellbeing. We want to improve the state of nature across Scotland and to ensure more people draw on its many benefits.”

The Six Big Steps for Nature are:
Ecosystem restoration – to reverse historical losses of habitats and ecosystems, to meet the Aichi target of restoring 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems.
Investment in natural capital – to ensure the benefits that nature provides are better understood and appreciated, leading to better management of our renewable and non-renewable natural assets.
Quality greenspace for health and education benefits – to ensure that the majority of people derive increased benefits from contact with nature where they live and work.
Conserving wildlife in Scotland – to secure the future of priority habitats and species.
Sustainable management of land and freshwater – to ensure that environmental, social and economic elements are well balanced.
Sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems – to secure a healthy balance between environmental, social and economic elements.

Dr McLeod added:
“As set out in the 2020 Challenge, our well-being and prosperity depends on the benefits that biodiversity provides. Forests, meadows, rivers, saltmarshes and bogs in healthy condition provide clean water, food, fuel, storm protection, minerals and flood control.”

“Nature underpins all of this, and of course is important in its own right. Regular contact with wildlife provides many health benefits, enables our children to enjoy learning and helps bring people together. We need to protect and enhance nature to secure these benefits now and into the future.”

The Route Map has been developed jointly by Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in collaboration with stakeholders and can be found at .