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Kew Gardens closure

24. September 2012

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Kew Gardens has issued a closure notice on their website: “The Met Office have issued a severe weather warning for London and the South East predicting heavy rain and winds gusting 50-55mph. As a precaution, Kew Gardens will not be open to the public today. We apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.” […]

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Extreme weather now normal

19. September 2012

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climate change and weather extremes are not about a distant future. Formerly one-off extreme weather episodes seem to be becoming the new normal. Weather extremes are not that extreme any more. Heatwaves, floods, droughts and wildfires are the new reality of an ever warming world.

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Planet under Pressure

15. March 2012

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Our Planet is Under Pressure and a major international conference in London from 26-29 March will use this name to focus on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. The Met Office will be attending along with many other impressive international  organisations and speakers. The aim is to explore how to work together to manage climate-related […]

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Australian and New Zealand plants

1. March 2012

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Gardeners who have visited down under and been inspired by the plants they saw might like to know that there are a remarkable number of plants from Australia and New Zealand which thrive in British gardens. For many years they were treated with some suspicion as ‘borderline’ or ‘tender’ plants not worth the risk. With […]

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What is green investment?

9. September 2011

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  More money is said to be flowing in to green technology than ever before: a new global record of $243 billion was reported for 2010.  To go about making sense of these figures, the term “green investment” has to first be defined: Is it capital invested in protecting and restoring the environment at large, […]

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Global Pick Your Own

29. July 2011

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If you just don’t have the time or inclination to grow your own fruit and veg, do visit this amazing site which lists hundreds of Pick your Own sites in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is a great way to know where your food is coming from with out […]

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The Weather Makers

18. July 2011

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The Weather Makers

UK is certainly getting its share of weird weather this summer after the amazing spring heatwave. Unpredictable weather patterns bringing drought, floods and storms to countries across the world are predicted to become the norm as the planet warms. I have always found the confusing facts and evidence hard to work through but would recommend […]

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