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Smoke from Russian forest fires obscures the Sun in 2010. Photo: Ximonic, Simo Räsänen via Wikimedia Commons.

Climate inaction could cost Europe 200,000 lives a year

Tim Radford

16th July 2014

A failure to act to reduce the impacts of climate change could cost Europe almost €200 billion and 200,000 lives a year, writes Tim Radford. These 'conservative estimates' are published in a new European Commission study. more...
Owen Paterson MP with Joe & Sephs Gourmet Popcorn. The 'Mad Dog' sign refers to a brand of lemonade. Photo: UKTI via Flickr.

Owen Paterson sacked: the end of 'badger bashing'?

Lesley Docksey

15th July 2014

Owen Paterson's departure from Government could see the end of the hated badger culls and a wider return to environmental sanity, writes Lesley Docksey. Given his disbelief in climate change and his arrogant disregard of science, it's not a moment too soon! more...
Wild beavers caught on film in the River Otter, Devon, by Tom Buckley. Photo via BBC News and Youtube.

Let England's wild beavers be!

Oliver Tickell

1st July 2014

A family of wild of beavers has established on an English river for the first time since Henry VIII. But now the Government has decided to trap them and consign them to captivity in a zoo or wildlife centre. Defenders of wilderness are now demanding: keep our wild beavers free! more...
We can expect more of this: a thunderstorm rises over the Norfolk countryside. Photo: Nick Ford via Flickr.

Our future summers - thunderstorms and flash floods

Elizabeth Kendon & Prof Hayley J. Fowler

8th June 2014

We can expect British summers to get drier as climate warms - but there is a catch. When it rains, it's more likely to come down in 'tropical downpours - causing devastating flash floods that overwhelm street drainage, streams and rivers. more...
A badger struggles to avoid drowning in the flooded river Saale, 2011. Photo: Margrit via Flickr.com.

Cull could put flood-struck badgers 'at risk of local extinction'

The Ecologist

2nd June 2014

Following last winter's severe flooding in SW England, the Government has refused to assess how badly badgers suffered - even though local populations could have crashed. If the cull goes ahead, badgers could be wiped out of some areas altogether. more...
Photo taken by Rastko’s friend Marko Ristic / 350.org.

Hundred-year Balkan floods: a report from the ground

Rastko Šejić / 350.org

29th May 2014

Apocalyptic floods have hit the Balkans, causing many deaths and billions of dollars of damage. 350.org campaigner Rastko Šejić from Obrenovac, Serbia, wrote this personal account of the floods - and how they have at least served to re-unite divided communities. more...
Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

UK winter floods - more to come with hotter oceans

Simon Redfern

4th May 2014

A massive citizen-powered climate simulation conclusively links the UK's winter floods to global warming, writes Simon Redfern. Over 33,000 climate models running in 'screen saver' mode show a powerful connection between hotter oceans and UK rainfall. more...
Kate and Flo knee deep in The Quaggy. Photo: Jon Nicholls (fotologic) via Flickr.com.

New life for our lost urban rivers!

Jenny Jones

24th March 2014

Cities all over Britain are threaded by 'lost rivers' that have been hidden away in tunnels and culverts. Jenny Jones argues that it's time to restore them to a more natural state - improving habitats for wildlife and people, and reducing flood risk. more...
Early stages of Holistic Planned Grazing with Dexter cattle awaiting their daily move at Haye Farm, Worcestershire. Photo: Stuart Norgrove.

The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture

Natasha Giddings

21st March 2014

Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it? more...
Cameron to the rescue: the politicisation of the UK's 2014 floods has not been conducive to enlightening discourse. Photo: The Prime Minister's Office via Flickr.com.

The floods - blaming the climate change messengers

George Marshall

6th March 2014

Mainstream media reporting of the recent UK storms rapidly degenerated into narratives of blame focused on environmentalists, writes George Marshall. It's time they uncovered the real villains! more...
Trees and hedgerows mean less run-off and erosion, reducing flooding and siltation downstream. Photo: Coed Cymru - coedcymru.org.uk/ .

Woods and trees are functioning parts of a living landscape

Mike Townsend

6th March 2014

Trees, woodlands and hedgerows do much more than enhance the appearance of Britain's rural landscapes, writes Mike Townsend. They diminish flooding, reduce erosion, assist water infiltration, enhance biodiversity - and we need more of them! more...
Maidenhead floods. Photo: poppy via Flickr.com.

Open letter: water management in England and Wales

Sue Illman and others

21st February 2014

England has just experienced the wettest winter on record leading to widespread flooding - and a shambolic response from Government. Professional bodies have come together to offer this valuable advice ... more...

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Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

After the deluge - Britain's new politics of climate change

Jonathon Porritt

20th February 2014

Floods, giant waves and billions of pounds of destruction to the UK's homes, businesses and key national infrastructure could revolutionise climate politics, writes Jonathon Porritt. But no thanks to the increasingly pathetic BBC! more...
Dunedin Highland Games. This picture really did come up on a creative commons image search for Owen Paterson. Photo: theSuperStar via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson - the invisible Minister

Lesley Docksey

18th February 2014

Storms, floods, tidal surges, a failed badger cull, GMO controversies ... then Owen Paterson, widely considered the worst Environment Secretary we have ever had, vanished. Lesley Docksey wonders - will he ever return? more...
Natalie Bennett presents Sunday Politics travel news, 2 Feb 2014. Photo: from BBC Sunday Politics.

Flooding and climate - we need action!

Natalie Bennett

14th February 2014

It's time for the Government to get serious about the flooding - and the climate change that is driving it, says Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett. Cameron should begin by dredging the muck out of his own Cabinet. more...
Flooding in Oxford. Photo: Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Ten steps to protect the UK from floods

The Ecologist

14th February 2014

Reversing the Environment Agency cuts, tightening planning rules for flood plains, holding rainwater back in upland catchments ... all part of the Green Party's new ten-point flood management and resilience plan. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...
A flooded home, recently built, at Severn Stoke, Worcester. Photo: Dave Throup.

The inconvenient truth: houses built on floodplains could flood

Karen Potter

4th February 2014

Somerset is experiencing its most significant flooding in decades. As the political right calls for ever more dredging, Karen Potter trawls Defra's archives ... and finds a shocking history of sound policy sacrificed to short term political expediency. more...
A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com.

Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

Jo Cartmell

29th January 2014

Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return. more...

Paterson slashes UK climate change budget

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th January 2014

Reports of severe flooding around the UK, widely believed to be linked to climate change, pour in. But Owen Paterson, reports Sophie Morlin-Yron, has sharply cut the budget for coping with the effects of climate change. more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...
15 residential areas of Gaza have been flooded by up to 2 metres of sewage contaminated floodwater.

Gaza wrecked by storm, floods, acute cold, sewage overflows and power cuts

Oliver Tickell

16th December 2013

The UN has described the Gaza Strip as a 'disaster area' following the onslaught of Storm Alexa and called on the international community to lift the blockade and allow recovery efforts to proceed. more...
The flood that would have hit London last week - without the Thames Barrier. Photo: the Environment Agency.

London flood surge 'worst in 60 years'

Oliver Tickell

9th December 2013

Revealed: the devastating flood London nearly suffered last week. more...

Union warns: 1,700 job losses at Environment Agency will increase flood risk

The Ecologist

26th November 2013

GMB, the union for staff at the Environment Agency, is warning thatcutting 1,700 jobs will increase the risk of flooding and threaten the good management of England's water resources. more...
Oil drilling in the Amazon

Texaco's pollution of Ecuador's indigenous lands brought to light in new DVD

Nicola Peel

8th August, 2012

Nicola Peel talks about her new DVD, Blood of the Amazon, telling of her travels through the rainforest and her investigations on the effects of reckless oil drilling on indigenous communities more...

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