Global early warning system will enable communities to adapt to changing water availability 

The Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) will provide regular data on the status of water resources in local catchments across the world. It is being led by the World Meteorological...


Deforestation increases risk of flash flooding in fast-growing West African coastal cities

The frequency of thunderstorms in some fast-growing African coastal cities has doubled over the past 30 years, with much of this increase linked to the impact of deforestation on the local climate, a...


Dead puffins wash up on Scottish shores

More than 100 dead puffins have washed up across the northeast coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland over the past three weeks, making it one of the most significant reports of its kind in the UK for...


Woodland and hedgerow creation will be crucial to support pollinators in Wales

The largest survey of pollinator abundance in Wales has found that woodland and hedgerow creation can play a crucial role in action to reverse declines in insects that are essential for crop yield and...


Landmark report outlines how greenhouse gas removal could help UK achieve net zero

The maximum combined potential of technology and nature to directly remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has been outlined and costed for the first time in a major new report for government.


LED streetlights reduce insect populations by 50%

‘Eco-friendly’ LED streetlights are even more harmful for insect populations than the traditional sodium bulbs they are replacing, a new study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has shown.


Exciting species discoveries made as locked-down UK public takes up mothing

A surge in enthusiasm for observing moths during the lockdowns has resulted in some UK counties recording their first sightings of rare species. Scientists are now hoping there will be similar...


Passive rewilding can rapidly expand UK woodland at no cost

A study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has shown passive rewilding could make a significant contribution to meeting the UK’s ambitious woodland expansion targets – potentially at...


Climate change makes West Nile virus outbreaks 'plausible' in UK

Climate change will make outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK within the next 20-30 years, says a study involving the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)


Impacts of landfill chemical waste on UK seabirds investigated

A £2.3million study is investigating the effects that chemical pollutants from coastal landfill waste may be having on UK seabirds’ health, reproduction and survival.