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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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Antarctic, ClimateChange, Environment, Science, Sea Ice, Study -

Remember back in 2002 when a massive chunk of the Larsen Antarctic ice shelf broke off? Well, NASA scientists just found a very, very big crack in Larsen C, the last complete part of the shelf. Measuring in at just over 70 miles long and 300 feet wide, the rift extends downwards about half a mile. The Larsen ice shelf is/was comprised of three parts: Larsen A, Larsen B, and Larsen C. Larsen A, the smallest of the three, collapsed in ’95. Shortly after, in 2002, Larsen B began to fall apart, and researchers began to panic a little. And...

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

New study rewrites two decades of research and author says we are 'beyond point of no return' Image: The San Fernando Valley Generating Station in Sun Valley, California Getty Images Global warming is beyond the “point of no return”, according to the lead scientist behind a ground-breaking climate change study. The full impact of climate change has been underestimated because scientists haven't taken into account a major source of carbon in the environment. Dr Thomas Crowther’s report has concluded that carbon emitted from soil was speeding up global warming. The findings, which say temperatures will increase by 1C by 2050,...

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ClimateChange, Energy, Environment, Renewable -

The European Commission says that it plans to cut energy use across the bloc by 30% by 2030. Image: BBC - Large scale renewable energy supplies will have a bigger role but will no longer have priority on the gird. The proposal is at the heart of a new package unveiled by the Commission to help meet its commitments to cut carbon under the Paris agreement. The plans also seek to boost renewables and give greater power to consumers to sell any electricity they produce. But green groups have criticised the measures saying they keep the door open for subsidies to...

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