New app puts the world’s biodiversity in the palm of your hand

People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be nearby. The free Map of Life app dispenses with bulky field guides by allowing users to access a vast global database of species and their ranges, based on their location. Read more »

Shifting Winds: An Early Warning for Reduced Energy

Wind turbines close to the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta. The plains of Alberta exhibit an excellent wind energy resource but turbines may experience wind-power ramps due to Chinook winds. (Picture © Michael Sherry)

According to a new study in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Chinook winds can precede large shifts in wind power output from wind farms - a challenge for companies seeking to provide a constant stream of green energy to consumers. By establishing a connection between local meteorological events and power grid output, the researchers hope that they may ultimately help grid operators more accurately predict fluctuations in flow and manage the grid accordingly. Read more »

Leading European research institutes launch unique Freshwater Information Platform

Four European research institutes have launched an online platform to make information from a large set of freshwater ecosystem research activities accessible to all. The Freshwater Information Platform offers a forum for information exchange and open-access publishing of maps and data, and aims to stimulate cutting-edge research and collaborations in the field. The Platform provides a unique and comprehensive knowledge base for sustainable and evidence-based management of our threatened freshwater ecosystems and the resources they provide. Read more »

Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought

Dead wood in Borneo. (Picture © Marion Pfeifer/Imperial College London)

Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging. Living trees take in carbon dioxide whereas dead and decaying ones release it. Understanding the proportion of both is important for determining whether a large area of forest is a source of carbon dioxide, or a ‘sink’ that helps to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Read more »

Paloma Faith to headline sixth show of this summer’s Eden Sessions


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Paloma will headline on June 24, joining Paolo Nutini (June 12 – sold out), Motörhead and The Stranglers (June 27), Elton John (June 16 and 17 – sold out) and Ben Howard (July 17 – sold out) on the bill for the 2015 Eden Sessions.

The East London singer-songwriter was named Best Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards this year following the 2014 release of her third studio album, A Perfect Contradiction. That record reached number two in the UK charts and was certified double-platinum. Read more »

Strong currents promote release of Arctic greenhouse gas

University of Southampton study site offshore West Spitsbergen (photo by Carolyn Graves, UoS)

Ocean and Earth Science researchers from the University of Southampton were part of an international team of scientists to reveal how the interplay between ocean currents and marine microbiology serve to regulate potentially damaging emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, created beneath the Arctic Ocean. Read more »

The Gaia Tribe Family Camp 2015


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Described by the Guardian newspaper as 'The UK's friendliest family festival', the Gaia Tribe returns for another year of dancing, drumming, permaculture, workshops, woodworking and delicious food!

Our theme this year is 'How do we create the world we wish to live in?'. All welcome!

Concessions and working tickets available.

Biodiversity damage mapped in global land-use study by the Natural History Museum & UNEP-WCMC

Infographic by Laura Cattaneo, demonstrating the history of biodiversity, population and land-use from the year 1800 until the year 2100. © Laura Cattaneo

Humanity’s use of land for agricultural production has come at a cost to local ecosystems worldwide, but some of the damage can be reversed, according to a major collaborative research project from the Natural History Museum, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and British universities.

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