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The latest science and stories from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Record-breaking 2011 Spring helped some of the UK's rarer butterflies

Last year’s record-breaking spring helped some of the UK’s rarest butterflies recover following years of decline, the latest annual study from the UK...


Spatial range of drought extends during exceptionally mild month - March 2012 hydrological summary

March was an exceptionally mild month and the driest for the UK since 1953. Most of the country reported less than half the average rainfall, further...


Natural soil pipes release peat carbon to atmosphere

A study recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research provides new insights into how sources of carbon are emitted to the atmosphere in...


The Copenhagen two-degrees aspiration: implications for emissions

Dr Chris Huntingford from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has led, along with colleagues from the Met Office, Oxford University, Manchester...


Drought conditions intensify, February 2012 Hydrological Summary confirms

February was a further month when synoptic patterns greatly restricted the passage of Atlantic frontal systems across most of southern and eastern...


Insect DNA offers clues about animals' changing habitats and predator-prey relationships

The long-term impact of climate change on natural communities of wild animals could be better understood thanks to a new study which sheds light on...


New look and data for UK's Air Pollution Information System (APIS)

The UK’s leading web database on the impacts of air pollution on the natural environment, APIS , has been given a makeover – it’s now easier than...


Long-term Lake District research documented in journal special issue

Long-term scientific studies at Windermere and other lakes in the English Lake District have been documented in a special issue of the journal...


Farm 'weeds' have crucial role in sustainable agriculture

Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical for safeguarding fragile food webs on UK farms,...


UK Hydrological summary for January 2012 published - NW-SE rainfall gradient

The synoptic patterns which have produced a remarkably sustained exaggeration in the NW-SE rainfall gradient across the UK continued in January 2012...