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Climate Week 2013

2. March 2013

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Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society. Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events in Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion. Events are run by schools, businesses, […]

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Climate Change Gardening in USA

18. February 2013

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“A Moment Too Soon: Gardeners and Climate Change   A Science Backgrounder   For a .pdf with full citations and links, click here. “Season Creep” and Its Impacts   As the planet warms, signs of spring are arriving sooner, while winters are becoming shorter and milder. This phenomenon is informally known as “season creep” in that […]

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Hike in water bills = get a water metre

13. February 2013

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Its not just Londoners who face rising water bills as the UKs water supply is likely to worsen with a growing population and changes to the UK’s rainfall as a result of climate change. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property_news/money/londonersfacehikeinwaterbills.html Switching to a water meter saves the average family about £50 a year – and double that most for single people. […]

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Waterlogged and flooded gardens

12. February 2013

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Rain and wet weather have always been part of the UKs weather patterns but in recent years, changes in our seasons and an unpredictable climate mean that torrential downpours and weeks of rain have become more frequent. Last year was the second wettest recorded in the past hundred years. This winter, as in spring and […]

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RHS updates hardiness rating system

10. February 2013

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The RHS is helping gardeners to adapt to our weird weather and the lower temperatures now experienced each winter. The Society has introduced a new, improved hardiness rating system to give gardeners a clearer idea of the temperatures specific plants can tolerate. The seven-rating system will replace the current four-step scale, which was developed in the 1960s, […]

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Snow in a warming world?

10. February 2013

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  As the UK and USA experience more winter snow its important to understand that this is linked to our changing climate. http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2013/02/blizzard-climate-connection This has serious consequences for our planet, especially the hardiness of many plants which are increasingly being challenged http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardiness_zone

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Climate change adds garden challenges

4. February 2013

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Gardening in the UK has always been challenging due to variable weather, but further changes in our climate are not making thing easier according to the Met Office’s Chief Scientist. http://www.rhs.org.uk/News/Gardening-and-UK-weather

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UK Weather

1. February 2013

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One month into 2013 and UK weather has kicked off with another very mixed bag of extreme weather. Unpredictable weather patterns appear to be the norm when you look back over the past 5 years weather records for UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20898656 Gardeners are increasingly confused by our shifting seasons which no longer follow the patterns by […]

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Australian heatwave linked to climate change?

18. January 2013

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With temperatures in Sydney currently reaching record highs of almost 46c, a major debate is running about why this is happening and if it is now part of the pattern of extreme weather associated with climate change. Australians are used to extremes but research suggests that the number of extreme weather events and the range […]

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Met Office and weird weather effects on gardens

18. January 2013

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Waking up to snow this morning in South East England and reading  yesterday that Sydney experienced its hottest day on record with temperatures reaching nearly 46C . Surely this proves  that our weather is seriously shifting as a result of climate change? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21072347 http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/ Read what predictions the Met Office are making about the effect […]

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