London’s economy at risk from extreme world weather

Published today, 23rd July 2015, the London Assembly Economy Committee report ‘Weathering the Storm’, looks into the impact of climate change on London’s economy in terms of risks and opportunities.

The key findingas are:

  • London’s businesses are ill-prepared for climate change risks - 54 per cent of FTSE 100 firms have no business adaptation strategy in place for climate change.

Fancy skiing? Loco2 puts the Alps in easy reach as Ski Train bookings open

Loco2 is the best place to book tickets for the direct ski trains and new London to Lyon service, which go on sale today. Only on loco2.com can skiers book from any UK railway station to the largest number of Alpine resorts in a single transaction. Skiers will be able to connect from their local station to the two direct ski train services that will run each week between London St Pancras International, calling at Ashford International, and Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice in France. Read more »

Mangroves help protect against sea level rise

Mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change, according to new research involving the University of Southampton. A joint study between researchers at the University of Southampton along with colleagues from the Universities of Auckland and Waikato in New Zealand used leading-edge mathematical simulations to study how mangrove forests respond to elevated sea levels. Read more »

Remarkable Trees: Photographs from the collection of George Paxton (1850–1904)

01/06/2015
22/09/2015

Event Description

Being exhibited for the first time outwith the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, ‘Remarkable Trees’ features images taken by this pioneering Scottish amateur photographer, botanist and social historian in the late nineteenth-century. A vibrant programme of talks and activities for families and adults accompanies the exhibition. Read more »

Sustainable Beekeeping Training Course

22/08/2015
23/08/2015

Event Description

An introduction to sustainable approaches to beekeeping in the UK. Suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? Courses on sustainable beekeeping are run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them

Course content

  • Meet the bees - a hands-on look at a honey bee colony
  • The natural lifecycle of honey bees - basic bee biology and ecology

19.3 million displaced by disasters but “mother nature not to blame” says new report

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Displacement related to disasters worldwide in 2014

In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it. Read more »

Forest School Young Shoots

06/08/2015 10:00
06/08/2015 12:30

Event Description

Summer Forest School (5-7 year olds)

Set in a stunning woodland in Chew Stoke, this summer we’ve got something special. If your kids are aching to get outdoors, get muddy and get creative then here’s their chance.

Children will have the opportunity to explore the wonder of the forest, cook over a camp-fire, use simple hand-tools to make musical instruments from the forest, play games and get muddy! It is the perfect summer holiday antidote to the school classroom. Read more »

Farm Explorers

30/07/2015 10:00
30/07/2015 15:00

Event Description

If you’re keen to get your little one(s) outdoors this summer and re-connected with food and the natural world then this Farm Explorers activity day is just the ticket! Read more »

Shaun in the City

06/07/2015
31/08/2015
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Event Description

70 Shaun the Sheep sculptures, created by artists, designers & celebrities, are grazing green spaces and iconic locations in Bristol before going to auction to raise funds for The Grand Appeal and Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity. Read more »

Rapid decline in bumblebee species caused by climate change, study finds

Bumblebee (UFZ)

In the most comprehensive analysis of climate change impacts on critical pollinators, researchers have found that rapid declines in bumblebee species across North America and Europe have a strong link to climate change. The study was published in Science. It was conducted by scientists from University of Ottawa and other North American institutions. Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), as one of the major partners from Europe, were responsible for coordinating basic data collection. Read more »

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