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Image copyright JEFF OVERS Mass tree planting in the UK could harm the environment if not planned properly, a report warns. Badly-planned trees would increase greenhouse gas emissions, say the government’s advisers on the economic value of the natural environment. The report comes from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), which says planting trees into peat …

Image copyright Javier de la Puente Rising temperatures may be having a profound physical impact on one of the world’s favourite songbirds. Researchers in Spain found that over a 20-year period, nightingales had evolved smaller wingspans. The scientists say this is linked to a changing climate in the region which has seen the early onset …

Image copyright Getty Images People in the UK need to shift from cars to public transport to address the challenge of climate change, the government says. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. “We will use our cars less and be able …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All over Europe, renewable installations are often located in protected areas Wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas, say researchers. Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth’s remaining wilderness. They say that …

Geelong Botanic Gardens is benefiting from innovative technology designed and developed in the City. A wireless smart system that measures soil moisture, soil temperature, air temperature and humidity is being trialled at the gardens, as well as other sites across the state. Developed by Deakin University-based start-up STRUT, the plug-and-play devices are like mini weather …

Image copyright NASA/J.Sonntag Image caption Other space data indicates Denman shed 270 billion tonnes of ice between 1979 and 2017 East Antarctic’s Denman Canyon is the deepest land gorge on Earth, reaching 3,500m below sea-level. It’s also filled top to bottom with ice, which US space agency (Nasa) scientists reveal in a new report has …

Image copyright Jeff Overs From Greta Thunberg to Donald Trump and airlines to oil companies, everyone is suddenly going crazy for trees. The UK government has pledged to plant millions a year while other countries have schemes running into billions. But are these grand ambitions achievable? How much carbon dioxide do trees really pull in …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rules will apply to a wide variety of products New rules could spell the death of a “throwaway” culture in which products are bought, used briefly, then binned. The regulations will apply to a range of everyday items such as mobile phones, textiles, electronics, batteries, construction and packaging. …

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The report says people will need to fly less The UK cannot go climate neutral much before 2050 unless people stop flying and eating red meat almost completely, a report says. But it warns that the British public do not look ready to take such steps and substantially change …

There are precious few people who can inspire a mindset shift amidst the climate crisis, articulating a practical new paradigm for society and industry. Tom Chi is among them. A former tech executive who co-founded Google X, backing efforts like Glass, self-driving cars and Project Loon, may seem an unlikely champion for nature. Yet he …