Archive | July, 2013

Climate change seeds saved for future crops

23. July 2013

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An international operation has been launched to save seeds from wild plants which scientists believe will be crucial in protecting crops from the potentially devastating impact of climate change. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23410177?print=true How best to feed a growing population in a changing climate is fiercely debated with many new and emerging research fields hoping to provide a […]

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Heatwave and drought challenge flora & wildlife

20. July 2013

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While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, naturalists have urged the British public to help wildlife struggling to survive as water and food supplies have dwindled in the heat. After six consecutive days of 30C-plus temperatures and with rainfall at only around 15% of average monthly totals so far, wardens at The Lodge in Sandy, an RSPB nature […]

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Driest July since records began

19. July 2013

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Britain is sizzling! Everywhere is feeling the heat and the country is officially having a heatwave as it has experienced a full week of temperatures over 30c. The World Meteorological Organization’s definition of a heatwave is when temperatures are over 5C (9F) above average for five days in a row After a washout summer in […]

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Heatwave gardening

18. July 2013

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With the UK currently experiencing its hottest July for many many years there is increased pressure on our gardens to suvive the extreme temperatures that have reached up to 33c in some areas of UK. Lawns are really struggling in the exceptionally dry weather but it is important to remember that they will survive and […]

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Ecover showcases sustainable plastics at RHS Hampton Court Show

15. July 2013

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Research from the Marine Conservation Society reveals that plastic debris accounts for almost 60 per cent of all litter found on UK beaches, and the UN Environmental Programme estimates that more than 1 million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals die every year from ingesting plastic debris. Nearly two million plastic bottles are used […]

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Hottest day of year – great for gardeners and tennis

7. July 2013

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Forecasters predict 30C in London and South East today. Britain is preparing itself for the hottest weather of the year, with tennis fans and players set for sweltering conditions at the Wimbledon finals. The warm weather is expected to continue for between seven to 10 days, according to the Met Office as the current high […]

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