The Royal Research Ship (RRS) Sir David Attenborough, formally named last week, was commissioned to replace the James Clark Ross and the Ernest Shackleton, which between them gave almost 50 years’ service in support of UK polar science. It was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – part of UK Research and Innovation, […]

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In her hard-hitting speeches to the UN Climate Change summit and the US Congress, climate activist Greta Thunberg criticises “feel-good” stories about how we are going to fix everything and to “face the reality, the facts, the science”.  Quoting from last years IPCC report she gave some stark warnings about the today’s emissions levels and […]

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With decades of experience studying and documenting global overfishing, in a recent interview Daniel Pauly sets out the three main actions he believes are needed to renew globally depleted fisheries. The first of these would be to end government subsidies for industrial fishing fleets as reducing the size of the world’s industrial fleet would bring […]

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The UK’s next wave of offshore windfarms will generate electricity from renewable energy at no extra cost to consumers after record low-subsidy deals fell below the market price for the first time. Offshore wind costs had tumbled by a third to about £40 per megawatt hour, which is less than the price of electricity in […]

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The Queensland government has lost its battle for the right to use nets and drumlines to catch and kill sharks in a bid to protect swimmers on the Great Barrier Reef. The state government appeal to maintain its controversial management program was dismissed on Wednesday in the federal court in Sydney. In April the Administrative […]

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Latest papers from the Natural Capital Committee say that the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan Progress Report “does not tell us much about whether and to what extent there has been progress”. Failures include no assessment of whether the environment has improved and no assessment of outcomes. The Committee says that there is an urgent […]

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The UK Governments’ reasonable worst-case planning assumptions under a no deal Brexit were published in the ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ papers last week. On the question of fisheries, they estimate that up to 282 EU and EEA nations fishing vessels could enter illegally, or already be fishing in UK waters on day one.  Up to 129 vessels […]

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