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2008-10-08 18:00:16

A MORE joined-up approach to managing water is urgently needed in the face of the growing risk of flooding and drought, the National Trust warned yesterday. A report from the trust, which owns 650,000 acres in Wales, England and Northern Ireland, said land managers should be paid to manage land to protect against floods, deliver clean water supplies, help wildlife and store carbon - and not just to grow food. The trust's director general Fiona Reynolds said the country was living with a...

2008-09-08 15:00:50

By Rob Edwards Environment Editor A MAJOR opencast coal mining company has been reported to the police for allegedly breaching planning conditions and damaging an internationally important peat bog in Ayrshire. ATH Resources has been accused of failing to prevent a "bog burst" during an expansion of its Grievehill mine near New Cumnock. The "bog burst" saw an area of peatland, under legal protection because of the wildlife it supports, collapse into the mine. The coal industry remains...

2008-08-22 03:00:14

By Donatantonio, Domenic Funding could be given to landowners who retain natural carbon storage areas under plans for an audit of England's natural resources announced this week. Environment secretary Hilary Benn has launched a two-year project to look into wildlife, habitats and ecosystems. The government will work with a range of different partners including the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and Natural England. RSPB director of conservation Mark Avery told Planning that...

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2008-08-20 10:05:00

Scientists have found that the ground is drying out in a 13,700-year-old peat bog, just another sign, they say, of the Earth's warming climate. Ecologist Ed Berg says the peat bog is turning into forest. "There has been a big change," Berg said. Core samples taken from the bog show moss nearly 22 feet under the ground, with no sign of trees or shrubs growing here for centuries, Berg said. The bog could be covered by black spruce trees during the next 50 years, he said. Alaska is one state,...

2008-08-07 12:00:46

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot The fire that raged through more than 40,000 acres of North Carolina forest and farm land - and sent smoke into Hampton Roads - appears to be nearly extinguished. A multi agency fire-fighting force that had totaled nearly 600 had been reduced to 93 by Wednesday. The fire has burned for more than two months in and around the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. "After the weekend, there should be less than 20 people assigned to...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Officials have begun scaling back efforts to extinguish a wildfire that continues to smolder 50 miles west of the Outer Banks. "We're identifying people and equipment we don't need anymore," incident spokesman Roger Miller said by phone Wednesday. There are now 217 people assigned to control the blaze, down from about 250 last week. Miller said there hadn't been surface burning for several days and that some workers were...

2008-07-24 03:00:50

By Ozenc, Damla Bender This study was carried out to determine effects of composted hazelnut husk (CHH) on tomato seedlings grown under water stress conditions. Seven media were prepared using CHH mixed, in different ratios, with native peat and perlite. The following mixtures were used: 100%CHH, 100%peat, 75%CHH+25%peat, 50%CHH+50%peat, 25%CHH+75%peat, 25%CHH+50%peat+25%perlite and 50%CHH+25%peat+25%perlite. The experiment was arranged in a randomized plot design with seven media, three...

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2008-07-21 13:40:00

Threatened by climate change, development and dehydration, wetlands throughout the world could release a "carbon bomb" if they are destroyed, scientists reported Sunday. These wetlands contain 771 billion tons of greenhouse gases, 20 percent of all the carbon on Earth and about the same amount of carbon as is now in the atmosphere, the ecologists told an international conference. If all the wetlands on the planet released their carbon, it would substantially increase the climate-warming...

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2008-07-15 15:35:00

The Tunguska catastrophe in 1908 evidently led to high levels of acid rain. This is the conclusion reached by Russian, Italian and German researchers based on the results of analyses of peat profiles taken from the disaster region. In peat samples corresponded to 1908 permafrost boundary they found significantly higher levels of the heavy nitrogen and carbon isotopes 15N and 13C. The highest accumulation levels were measured in the areas at the epicenter of the explosion and along the...

2008-07-05 00:00:11

For peat's sake - a Mumbles- based conservation group is planning to spread the word about composting this summer. Coeden Fach, which means little tree in English, has won pounds1,600 of B&Q products to set up a peat-free compost scheme, after beating off stiff competition. Peat is a traditional part of Wales's natural habitat, and is very effective at storing carbon. But thousands of tonnes of the stuff are dug up and used as a compost base. Carolyn Sharpe, aka Witchhazel...