Putting the concept of ecosystem services into practice

"The Ecosystem Approach is much more than accepting ecosystems as the core of environmental management. It recognises that people and society are integral components of ecosystems and their management and conservation. This necessitates a way of working and decision-making that cuts across traditional policy and institutional boundaries.

Will droughts in East Africa become more common?

Hui Yang and Chris Huntingford comment on a brief communication paper published this week, in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences.

In our new paper we use available climate models to examine whether the chances of occurrence of the severe East Africa drought of autumn 2016 may have risen due to human-induced climate change. We also look to see if we can expect more similar droughts in to the future.  

Exploring alternatives to farming without neonics

ASSIST is a major collaborative NERC and BBSRC-funded research programme exploring methods to deliver sustainainable intensification of agriculture. Tackling one of the big challenges of our day it looks at how we can secure our future food supply for a growing population without causing unacceptable environmental damage. CEH leads the ASSIST programme in partnership with Rothamsted Research and the British Geological Survey, working with collaborators from academia, industry and the agricultural community.

Chemicals in our wastewater...and our rivers - closing the water cycle loop

Dr Andrew Singer is leading CEH's research into antimicrobial resistance in the environment. Antimicrobials represent a small fraction of the chemicals that are continuously released into the environment from sewage works. However, their direct, negative impact on microorganisms (in the environment) provides a new motivation for examining the hazards within our waste stream, and its potential for effects on the environment and human health. Here he provides a perspective, first shared in the ENDS Report, which explains why change is needed in how we handle our wastewater.

How is land use change altering global patterns of soil erosion?

According to a recent study by the University of Basel, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, almost 36 billion tons of soil is eroded every year due to water (mostly rainfall), while deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse.


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