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Thursday 26 April 2018
26 April 2018 - NEWS UPDATE

Overfishing in the English Channel leads to calls for maritime “recovery zones”

Decades of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in the removal of many top predators from the sea and left fishermen 'scraping the barrel' for increasing amounts of shellfish to make up their catch.



Pesticides pose global threat to biodiversity and are key factor in bee decline

The conclusions of a new four-year study of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.


Arctic warming linked to fewer European and US cold weather extremes, new study shows

Climate change is unlikely to lead to more days of extreme cold, similar to those that gripped the USA in a deep freeze last winter, new research has shown.



Exposure to banned pesticide causes change in honey bee genes

New research funded by the Cooperative Group shows that exposure to neonicotinoid insecticide causes changes in honey bee genes.


The honey bee


Photos on social media used to measure aesthetic value of Cornish landscape

A new method designed to measure the aesthetic value of ecosystems has been applied in Cornwall. According to the research findings, Cornwall's beautiful rugged coastline has been measured to have the highest aesthetic value.


Port Isaac


Ofgem report warns of power blackouts within two years

Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the risk of power shortages is likely to happen faster than previously expected.


An app to end estate agents' sales boards

The endless ranks of estate agents' signs peppering towns and cities across the country could be a thing of the past thanks to scientists at Plymouth University.


£3.2m funding to develop new green energy materials

A research consortium led by Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Bath has been awarded £3.2m by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to work on new sustainable materials for energy storage and conversion.