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Web users join hunt for Hawaii tree invaders | Mark Kinver BBC
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US conservationists and a satellite imagery company have teamed up to use the power of crowdsourcing to halt the spread of destructive invasive plants. Species such as the Australian tree fern are using up vital water supplies within native forests on Hawaii, home to unique species found nowhere else. So far, more than 5,000 people […]

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New EU rules on recycling pose problems for UK councils
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The UK will have to divert a significant amount of waste away from landfill under new EU proposals on recycling. The Commission wants to see 70% of municipal rubbish and 80% of packaging recycled by 2030. They also want a ban on burying recyclable waste in landfill by 2025. According to the Environment Commissioner, the […]

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Caribbean coral reefs ‘could vanish in 20 years’ | Rebecca Morelle BBC
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Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. The report’s authors believe that over-fishing and disease is […]

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Longer flights ‘could curb impact of vapour trails’ say Scientists | Matt McGrath BBC
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Large condensation trails in the sky caused by aircraft could be eliminated by re-routing flight paths, say scientists. Researchers are concerned about the climate change potential of these wispy, man-made clouds. But a new study suggests that making changes to existing flight routes could curb their warming impact.

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Spanish sperm whale death linked to UK supermarket supplier’s plastic
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Sperm whale on Spanish southern coast had swallowed 17kg of plastic waste dumped by greenhouses supplying produce to UK (March 2013). Has anything changed?

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Carbon policy pits Australia against US, Ross Garnaut says
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Australia is setting itself against the US and will become a drag on global climate change efforts with the repeal of the carbon tax, prominent economist Ross Garnaut says.

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Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes thaw, seas rise| Reuters
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OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions,

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More frequent extreme and adverse weather conditions threaten Europe’s wheat production
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European wheat production areas have to prepare for greater harvest losses in the future when global warming will lead to increased drought and heat waves in southern Europe, and wet and cool conditions in the north, especially at the time of sowing. More frequent extreme weather conditions in Europe …

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