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Arctic heatwave could break records

Published on the BBC News website on the 24th December 2016

Story by Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News


University of Maine / Temperatures on Christmas Eve at the North Pole could reach close to freezing on Christmas Eve 2016

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave.

Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change.

Temperatures throughout November and December were 5C higher than average.

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Public meeting unites those against drinking water pollution

Markwells Wood Watch protested against the proposed oil drilling outside Portsmouth Guildhall last month

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 19th December 2016

Story by: Tamara Siddiqui


MORE THAN 2,000 objections have now been lodged against an oil company’s bid to drill four oil wells in a national park.

And there could be more – as concerned members of the public met Markwells Wood Watch, a pressure group opposed to the industrial oil development, to discuss the progress of the case.

UK Oil and Gas (Ukog) wants to drill in the South Downs National Park.

Residents gathered at Forestside and Stansted Village Hall to learn that although it’s not considered hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process known as acidisation or acid fracking would be used to ease the release of oil.

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Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study

A bumblebee in flight towards the purple flower of bittersweet nightshade. Photograph: Andi Edwards/Alamy

Published on The Guardian website on the 13th December 2016

Story by Damian Carrington


The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out the pollen to fertilise crops, according to preliminary results from a new study.

Some flowers, such as those of crops like tomatoes and potatoes, must be shaken to release pollen and bumblebees are particularly good at creating the buzz needed to do this. But the research shows that bumblebees exposed to realistic levels of a neonicotinoid pesticide fail to learn how to create the greatest buzz and collect less pollen as a result.

The research is consistent with previous work that has shown neonicotinoid pesticides reduce learning and memory in bees. A moratorium on the use of three neonicotinoids on flowering crops was put in place in Europe in 2013 and will be reviewed next year.

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