Press Release Archive - 2013

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 - 2013

2013/12 - Drought and climate change: an uncertain future? - 17 December 2013 - Drought frequency may increase by more than 20% in some regions of the globe by the end of the 21st centiry, but it is difficult to be more precise as we don't know yet how changes in climate will impact on the world's rivers. 

2013/11 - Harlequin ladybirds escape enemies while native species succumb - 3 December 2013 - The astonishing success of the alien invasive harlequin ladybird in Britain has given a team of scientists a unique opportunity to investigate a key ecological theory - the Enemy Release Hypothesis. 

2013/10 - Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests - 6 November 2013 - A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. 

2013/09 - Britain's rarest fish reappears in Bassenthwaite Lake - 23 October 2013 - Britain’s rarest freshwater fish, the Vendace, has made an unexpected reappearance in Bassenthwaite Lake in north-west England more than a decade after being declared ‘locally extinct’. 

2013/08 - Europe-wide studies into cormorant-fishery conflicts published - 24 September 2013 - Findings from a major Europe-wide study into cormorant-fishery conflicts are published this week, providing one of the most detailed ecological and socio-economic investigations of these fish-eating birds, their impacts and implications for their management. 

2013/07 - Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system - 24 July 2013 - In recent decades there has been increased variability in yearly temperature records for large parts of Europe and North America, according to a study published online today (24th July 2013) in Nature.

2013/06 - Puffin count on Isle of May NNR in Scotland gives surprising result - 31 May 2013 - Atlantic Puffin numbers on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve (NNR) off Scotland's east coast are at similar levels to 2009 despite this spring’s severe weather.

2013/05 - Mobile phone app to help monitor UK's native ladybirds after foreign invasion - 10 May 2013 - ‘iRecord Ladybirds’, a free mobile phone app, is launched today to help monitor the impact of the invasive Harlequin ladybird on the UK’s native ladybird species.

2013/04 - Cocktail of multiple pressures combine to threaten the world's pollinating insects - 22 April 2013 - A new review of insect pollinators of crops and wild plants has concluded they are under threat globally from a cocktail of multiple pressures, and their decline or loss could have profound environmental, human health and economic consequences. >> Full text

2013/03 - Half of Tamiflu prescriptions went unused during 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, sewage study concludes - 16 April 2013 - A new study concludes that approximately half of the prescriptions of Tamiflu during the 2009-10 influenza pandemic went unused in England. The unused medication represents approximately 600,000 courses of Tamiflu at a cost of around £7.8 million to the UK taxpayer. The novel scientific method used in the study could help measure and improve the effectiveness of future pandemic flu strategies. 

2013/02 - Are tropical forests resilient to global warming? - 11 March 2013 - Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass – plants and plant material - in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty-first century than may previously have been thought, suggests a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience (Sunday 10 March 2013). 

2013/01 - Smarter use of nutrients will help clean up the planet, say scientists - 18 February 2013 - A new report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights how humans have massively altered the natural flows of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients. While this has had huge benefits for world food and energy production, it has caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health, causing toxic algal blooms, killing fish, threatening sensitive ecosystems and contributing to climate change. 


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