The Tree Conference

04/11/2017
Bruce Parry will be speaking at the conference which will also be available via a live global broadcast.

Event Description

Conference highlights vital role of Trees in mitigating Climate Change

Featuring Live global broadcast

The Tree Conference – an exciting new venture spearheaded by a collective of eco activists, school teachers and sustainable landscape architects in Somerset - is to present a one-day networking event at Red Brick Building, Glastonbury on Saturday 4 November, highlighting the crucial role trees and forests can play in mitigating climate change and ocean acidification. Read more »

Galapagos Day

25/10/2017 18:00
25/10/2017 22:00
GCT Chairman, Dr Mark Collins, will be discussing the possibility of a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve at this year’s event.

Event Description

Join Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) for this year’s Galapagos Day on Wednesday 25 October at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The event will be hosted by Liz Bonnin, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Galapagos’ series, who will be sharing her unique experience of the Islands and how she is working to engage the future generation of scientists. Read more »

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

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Cooling off in extreme heat in New York City. Guian Bolisay via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world

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Coordinated Automated Road Transport - a transport r-evolution?

A new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) explores how connected vehicles and intelligent systems could change transport and the (r)evolution these changes could bring to people's lives. Read more »

African small-scale farmers carve a giant message for world leaders in the very soil they farm

 

Africa has 25% of the world’s arable land but only produces 10% of its agricultural output. The continent spends US$35 billion on food imports a year, but if this money was invested in developing smallholder farming and rural infrastructure, Africa could feed itself.

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Weed cover in olive orchards enhances the ecosystem’s capacity as a CO2 sink

In the experiment, instruments measuring high frequency (10Hz) variables like CO2 concentration in the air, wind velocity and direction.

Scientists at the University of Granada (UGR) studied the effects and benefits of maintaining vegetation, or weed cover, in olive grove soil. In a recently-published article in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, these scientists showed their results after a year of measuring an olive grove in Jaen (SE Spain), which show that weed cover significantly increases carbon uptake, acting as a sink for one of the principal greenhouse effect gases, CO2. Read more »

Heligan Harvest: a taste of our heritage

23/09/2017
08/10/2017

Event Description

With the traditional principles of farming, food provenance, sustainability, taste and seasonality at the forefront of our culinary being; we once again invite you to join us this Harvest to celebrate the fruition of the gardening year and share a taste of our heritage.

This year’s Heligan Harvest has a cornucopia of events lined up and sees the home of the ‘Finest Productive Garden’ in Britain celebrating its gardening year in traditional style, culminating in two incredible Feast Nights! Read more »

Amazonian locals key to saving 'lungs of the planet' says study

An aerial view shows the Amazon rainforest at the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. Nacho Doce
Peru has pledged to reach zero net new deforestation by 2021, but environmentalists say a push by illegal gold miners and palm oil producers could make that goal impossible

by Chris Arsenault | @chrisarsenaul | Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Drought Recovery Taking Longer

As global temperatures continue to rise, the prevailing wisdom in the climate science community is that droughts will grow more frequent and more extreme in the 21st century. Though temperatures were already rising in the 20th century, the global trend in drought length and severity was ambiguous, with no clear pattern. However, the impacts of droughts was less ambiguous, particularly in recent decades. Read more »

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