Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem

[tweetmeme] Ruth H. Thurstan and Callum M. Roberts (Environment Department, University of York) have published a good new article titled „Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem.“  The abstract to their article reads: The Firth of Clyde is a large inlet of the sea that … Continue reading

Losing the Forest for the Trees: Environmental Reductionism in the Law

[tweetmeme]  Klaus Bosselmann of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (University of Auckland), has published a new and interesting paper titled „Losing the Forest for the Trees: Environmental Reductionism in the Law.“  In this paper, he addresses the situation that environmental laws and policies have saved some “trees”, but the “forest” is being lost … Continue reading

Adaptation to Impacts of Climate Change on Aeroallergens and Allergic Respiratory Diseases

[tweetmeme]   Paul J. Beggs (Macquarie University) has just published a new paper which looks at the impacts of climate change on allergic respiratory diseases.  Climate change has the potential to have many significant impacts on aeroallergens such as pollen and mould spores, and therefore related diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This paper … Continue reading

GMO risk assessment for human and animal health and the environment

[tweetmeme]  The European Food Safety Authority has released an interesting in-depth 200 page assessment titled “EFSA and GMO risk assessment for human and animal health and the environment.”  It provides information that was covered in the last EFSA conference on genetically modified organisms as food sources.  The report itself includes all conference materials, including texts … Continue reading

News: EU authorises six GMO maize types for food / feed (Updated 29 July)

[tweetmeme] UPDATED:  With official texts of the decisions.  The European Commission adopted today five Decisions authorising GM maize 1507×59122, 59122x1507xNK603, MON88017xMON810, MON89034xNK603 and Bt11xGA21 and one Decision renewing the authorisation of Bt11 maize. These 6 decisions cover the authorisation for food and feed uses and import and processing but not for cultivation. The 6 GM … Continue reading

European Capacity for Monitoring and Assimilating Space-based Climate Change Observations – Status and Prospects

[tweetmeme] The European Union’s Joint Research Centre has published a technical report titled „European Capacity for Monitoring and Assimilating Space-based Climate Change Observations – Status and Prospects.“  This report, which is based on the findings of a workshop at Ispra, provides the scientific background to a forthcoming Commission response to the Space and Competitiveness councils … Continue reading

Call for better protection of the health of plants in Europe – on the road to the EU Plant Health Law

[tweetmeme] Brussels, 27 July 2010.  The European Commission published today an evaluation study of the Common Plant Health Regime (CPHR) that will be the basis on which the regime will be reviewed. The Commission plans to adopt a new EU Plant Health law in 2012. The CPHR, which dates back to 1977, protects the EU … Continue reading

Analysis: Paradoxically increasing river flows in the Sahel despite long-term drought

A Water and Marine Sustainability Month Feature Article [tweetmeme] Okechukwu Amog , Luc Descroix (Grenoble Laboratoire d’étude des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environnement) and co-authors listed in the citation issued a paper addressing paradoxical increases in river flows in the West African Sahel, despite ongoing long-term drought.  The abstract to their good article is: Despite … Continue reading

News: EU approves €250 million funding for new environmental protection projects under LIFE+

[tweetmeme] Brussels, 23 July 2010.  The European Commission has approved funding for 210 new projects under the third call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent … Continue reading

Coastal and Offshore Wind Energy Generation: Is It Environmentally Benign?

[tweetmeme] Jennifer C. Wilson, Mike Elliott, Nick D. Cutts (University of Hull ) and the co-authors listed in the citation have published a new paper analyzing the environmental benefits (and risks) associated with coastal and off-shore wind energy generation.  The abstract to this paper: Offshore and coastal wind power is one of the fastest growing … Continue reading

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