Press Release Archive - 2012

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Press Office often issues Press Releases to journalists from a wide range of media outlets, announcing findings from new research or giving details of significant events at CEH which are of interest to a wider audience.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology press releases - 2012

2012/13 - Scientists develop novel method to study parasite numbers in wild seabirds - 13 December 2012 - Scientists have developed a new method for studying parasite numbers in the stomachs of individual seabirds in the wild. The technique enables the recording of video footage of worms inside seabird stomachs and is an important step forward in understanding the impact of parasites on seabird populations.

2012/12 - Integrating science and policy to address the impacts of air pollution - 29 November 2012 - An article in this week's Science magazine by Dr Stefan Reis of the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK) and colleagues from six countries examines how science and policy address air pollution effects on human health and ecosystems, and climate change in Europe. 

2012/11 - Major review of citizen science leads to new practical guide - 23 November 2012 - A new practical guide on how to develop, implement and evaluate citizen science projects to monitor the UK's environment is published today. The guide is based on conclusions from a comprehensive report reviewing more than 200 citizen science projects from the UK and around the world. 

2012/10 - UK butterfly populations threatened by extreme drought and landscape fragmentation - 31 October 2012 - A new study has found that the sensitivity and recovery of UK butterfly populations to extreme drought is affected by the overall area and degree of fragmentation of key habitat types in the landscape. 

2012/09 - Major update to Europe's 'alien' species catalogue - 12 September 2012 - The key catalogue of information on 'alien' (non-native) species in Europe has undergone a major update.  The DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventory for Europe) database allows the public and policy-makers to get a comprehensive overview of which alien species are present in Europe, their impacts and consequences for the environment and society. 

2012/08 - Parched soils trigger more storms - 12 September 2012 - Afternoon storms are more likely to develop when soils are parched, according to a new study published this week in Nature which examined hydrological processes across six continents. 

2012/07 - Nationwide mission gets underway to see if blue tits can save our conker trees - 30 August 2012 - Blue tits, a familiar garden bird, could be the salvation of our imperilled conker trees, which are under severe attack by a tiny non-native moth that has spread from continental Europe. 

2012/06 - Nearly 2000 non-native species established in Great Britain - 11 July 2012 - A major new report has found that there has been a dramatic increase over time in the number of non-native species arriving in Britain. 

2012/05 - UK environment improves as chemical climate responds to air pollution policies - 20 June 2012 - A major new review has found that the chemical climate of the UK has changed dramatically over the last 30 years, and continues to change as a consequence of UK and European policies to solve air pollution problems. 

2012/04 - UK and South Korea forge new research collaboration to tackle flooding - 9 May 2012 - Water scientists from South Korea and the UK have agreed to collaborate on developing new and improved methods for tackling flooding from intense rainfall, an issue presenting challenges in both countries, especially as the world adapts to climate change. 

2012/03 - Continental mosquito with vector potential found breeding in UK after 60 year absence - 9 February 2012 - A species of mosquito has been discovered breeding in the UK that has not been seen in the country since 1945. Populations of the mosquito, found across mainland Europe and known only by its Latin name Culex modestus, were recorded at a number of sites in the marshes of north Kent and south Essex in 2010 and 2011. 

2012/02 - Invasive alien predator causes rapid declines of European ladybirds - 7 February 2012 - A new study provides compelling evidence that the arrival of the invasive non-native Harlequin ladybird to mainland Europe and subsequent spread has led to a rapid decline in historically-widespread species of ladybird in Britain, Belgium and Switzerland. 

2012/01 - Resource management in ant colonies may have lessons for politicians and economists - 12 January 2012 - Political and economic theorists could learn lessons from studying how an ant colony allocates food resources, according to the authors of a new paper recently published in the scientific journal The American Naturalist

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