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Image: The St Kilda archipelago is home to one of the most significant sanctuaries for seabirds in the Atlantic Ocean Kittiwake numbers on St Kilda have plummeted to their lowest level, with experts fearing the population is at risk of collapse. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which monitors the archipelago's bird population, said numbers were falling across a range of seabird species. Across seven monitoring sites there was just one kittiwake nest this season. The only chick that hatched died later. The islands are 64km (40 miles) north-west of the Western Isles. They are recognised as one of the...

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Environment, Habitat, Wales, Winter -

Steve and Joanna Porter have lived on the remote Bardsey Island near the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula since 2007. They had responded to and advert looking for a family to run the island's farm. Here's a selection of their pictures celebrating the arrival of winter on Bardsey: Image: November hail showers being chased by the rainbow Image: It's good to be well-fed and insulated in the wintry conditions Image: short sharp showers Image: Rachel, Steve and Joanna's daughter, looks down on the mainland from the highest point on Bardsey Image: Steve's terriers shielding themselves from the strong winds Image: November brought gale force storms...

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Activism, ClimateChange, Environment, Habitat, Indigenous Peoples, Protest, Science, Study -

Preventing deforestation is central to curbing carbon emissions – and a case study on the Amazon shows the most cost-effective way of doing it. Explorer, author, award-winning documentary maker and advocate for indigenous people’s rights, Bruce Parry, has written this thought provoking peice: I’ve spent a lot of time with indigenous peoples in remote places. So when I argue that the best way – or at least the cheapest way – to stop climate change is to grant land rights to indigenous communities, you might suspect I’m not coming from an entirely objective viewpoint. You’ve probably also heard various industry...

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ClimateChange, Environment, Habitat, Science, Study -

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found. Some 67% of corals died in the reef's worst-hit northern section, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies report said. The situation was better in the central section, where 6% perished, while the southern reef is in good health. But scientists warn recovery could be difficult if climate change continues. Coral bleaching happens when water temperatures rise for a sustained period of time. Image: ARC...

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

Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean Photo: Temperatures in the Arctic are currently ‘off the charts’ at about 20C above expected. Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe. The Arctic Resilience Report found that the effects of Arctic warming could be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean, in a stark warning that changes in the region could cause uncontrollable climate change...

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