Environment - Page 4

  • Islay Goose Cull to Commence Amid Strong Opposition

    Though welcomed by farmers, the decision to implement such large scale lethal control on Islay has proven controversial and has been met with scorn by conservation bodies, recently prompting both the WWT and RSPB to take the issue to the European Commission in the hope of halting the plans.

    By James Common on 4th November 2015
  • Birds Pay the Price for Timber Demand

    Illegal logging is having serious impacts – not just on the forests themselves – but on the animals. It’s reasonable to assume that if the birds are being this powerfully impacted, it’s impacting other groups, such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th September 2015
  • Silent Extinction

    Habitat fragmentation and loss have played their part, but the main threat the giraffes currently face is poaching.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th December 2014
  • World Wildlife Populations Fallen by Half

    The report states that wildlife populations today are 52% less than they were in 1970. In other words, in less than two generations, these populations have declined by more than half.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th October 2014
  • Sahara Shocks

    The Sahara Desert is a spectacular place. Sahara is Arabic for “The Great Desert” and it truly is. It is the third largest after Antarctica and the Arctic and is the world’s hottest. At 9.4 million square kilometres (3.6 million square miles) it makes up 10% of the African continent.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th January 2014
  • The Chiew Larn Reservoir – Ecological Armageddon

    The native small mammals vanished extremely quickly. In fragments less than 10 hectares, they disappeared almost entirely within 5 years. By 25 years only a handful were left, on average less than one individual per island

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd October 2013
  • How will Climate Change Affect the North Atlantic Current?

    Core samples have shown us that the last ice age caused the North Atlantic Drift to slow down, but it is thought that its path changed between then and now. However, the study of past climate shows that the Gulf Stream has stopped completely several times in the past, causing rapid climate change.

    By Amy Featherstone on 7th January 2013