Flooding 2014: Is This Now the Norm?

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Somerset Floods – Flickr: Levon Dymond

Heavy rain forecasts mean that communities already flood-hit in the south and Wales will see little respite from the bad weather. After dealing with more than four weeks of flooding these winter floods have been the worst in Britain in over 20 years.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its impact on marine ecology

 

Flickr: Paolo Margari

Can you imagine a landfill twice the size of Texas, filled with plastic bottles, a motorbike, discarded junk, toothbrushes, pieces of polystyrene packaging and styrofoam cups?

If so, take that image and imagine the rubbish is floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and, apparently, that will give you an idea of the scale of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, more formally known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG). Of course, there are many NPSG deniers who say that the amount of rubbish is not as big as claimed to be.

But, what’s worrying is that a new report has found the amount of plastic rubbish found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased 100 times in the last 40 years, heavily impacting the marine environment.

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The dangers to the fragile Himalayan ecosystem

Flickr: lapidim

The following is a guest blog written by Jason Mcmanus:

The Himalayan ecosystem is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. The Himalayan ranges are one of the youngest yet largest mountain ranges in the world. However, though the ranges are spread over thousands of kilometres and are incredibly vast, they have a very delicate ecosystem which are highly vulnerable to any disturbances – whether man-made or natural.

The magnificent biodiversity of the region has been very delicately balanced over thousands of years. Though natural disturbances do create environmental problems, the scale of the aberration is very small compared to the recent increase in activities by mankind which are detrimental to the environment.

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The Species Recovery Trust: pushing the concept of mass extinction

Photo credit: Andrea Hallgass – Red Wood Ant (Formica pratensis) is extinct in England

It’s not an easy task trying to save the UK’s most endangered species, but that’s exactly what a newly established charity, The Species Recovery Trust, is setting out to do.

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‘I have no desire to poison anyone,’ says Flowers for Kids director Ramiro Peñaherrera

Photo: Denmar Rose Farm – They use mules and their dung instead of tractors and chemicals

Comedian turned organic flower grower, Ramiro ‘Robin’ Peñaherrera, has been growing flowers, primarily Gypsophila or Baby Breath, in Ecuador for the last 23 years and, as he tells Rebecca Campbell, he has no desire to poison anyone with the use of pesticides.

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