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Environment, Habitat, Study, Vulnerable Species, Wales -

Plans to reintroduce beavers to Wales after an absence of centuries are moving ahead after wildlife experts submitted an application to release 10 of the creatures into the wild. The trial in an undisclosed location in southern Wales could begin this year. Scotland recently listed beavers as a protected species there following a successful reintroduction. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it would have to consider the impact on existing wildlife and land use. The Welsh Beaver Project first submitted an application over a year ago to NRW and said, following this subsequent submission, a public consultation would be held. The...

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Around 300 people signed a petition on Saturday (03/12/16) calling on the Welsh Government to protect Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging. Aberystwyth University Nature Society hosted a Save Our Sea event at Aberystwyth bandstand. The Welsh Government approved plans to reopen areas of Cardigan Bay to scallop dredging in October. But opponents argue it is a "highly destructive fishing method". The Welsh government said a two-year study found limited fishing was possible in specific areas. Revised legislation was introduced in 2010 which imposed restrictions on scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay. Naomi Davis from the university's Nature Society said there was...

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Arctic, ClimateChange, Environment, Habitat, Science, Sea Ice, Study -

The word glacial should be redefined to mean 'rapidly diminishing' rather than slow, researchers say, as the pace of change in the Arctic begins to outstrip their ability to understand what's happening Parts of the Arctic were an average of 11 degrees Celsius warmer than they were in the late 20th century as the region experienced “extreme record temperature anomalies”, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said. Scientists who produced the annual Arctic Report Card warned the situation was changing so quickly it was “outpacing our ability to understand and explain” what they were witnessing. They even...

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Sperm whales are the biggest living things with teeth, and they seem to "talk" to each other. To decipher their messages, scientists are free-diving with them. A decade ago, Fabrice Schnöller was an engineer working on systems for tracking sharks. Then, in 2007, he went on a sailing trip to the island of Mauritius, where something happened that would change the course of his life. As his boat approached the coast, giant towers of steam began exploding out of the water. One by one the columns closed in, until they surrounded the whole boat. Curious as to the source of...

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ClimateChange, Environment, Science, Study -

Scientists say they are concerned at the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising. Image: Rice paddies are a significant source of methane After a period of relative stagnation in the 2000s, the concentration of the gas has surged. Methane (CH4) is a smaller component than carbon dioxide (CO2) but drives a more potent greenhouse effect. Researchers warn that efforts to tackle climate change will be undermined unless CH4 is also brought under tighter control. "CO2 is still the dominant target for mitigation, for good reason. But we run the risk if we lose sight of methane...

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