Catherine Harte

Rewilding initiative launched in Finland to address climate change

Catherine Harte
| 28th June 2018
Floods in continental Europe and a record-dry May in Finland’s forests are just two of many examples of climate change in action, says Rewilding Europe. But a new project to harness the carbon sequestration potential of boreal Finland hopes to bring about positive change at a time of intense climate crisis. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Slamming the brakes on large-scale infrastructure projects

Catherine Harte
| 20th June 2018
A lack of infrastructure can often be a barrier to progress in many parts of the world. But a leading professor has after decades of research concluded that many of the world's biggest projects aren't fit for purpose and could ultimately do more harm than good. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Huge research programme announced to protect bees

Catherine Harte
| 19th June 2018
The alarm bells of declining bee populations worldwide have gone largely unnoticed. But a new study which will look specifically into the effects of agrochemicals on one of our key pollinators hopes its findings will help protect them well into the future. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Badger baiting network exposed by BBC Wales investigation

Catherine Harte
| 8th June 2018
Badger baiting is as popular as ever - and the true scale of the crime remains unknown, according to an investigation by BBC Wales. The Investigates programme infiltrated a gang over a six month period to expose its cruel and illegal activity, writes CATHERINE HARTE

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Weeks of disruption planned for fracking site

Catherine Harte
| 7th June 2018
Anti-fracking movement 'Reclaim the Power' has announced its plans for a summer of disruption against a fracking site in Lancashire. This came days after Greg Clark said shale wells in England will be considered permitted development. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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World’s largest amphibian heading for extinction

Catherine Harte
| 4th June 2018
Overharvesting for the luxury food market is pushing the iconic Chinese giant salamander to the brink. The future of the world’s largest amphibian is in serious jeopardy unless coordinated conservation measures are put in place. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Omega-3 production found in marine invertebrates for the first time

Catherine Harte
| 8th May 2018
The health benefits of Omega-3 to humans are well known. Until now, scientists believed marine microbes were primarily responsible for its production. But in a recent breakthrough, researchers found marine invertebrates such as coral are also capable of producing the essential fatty acid. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Battle to save the eastern lowland gorilla earns 2018 Whitley Award

Catherine Harte
| 26th April 2018
The eastern lowland gorilla, found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is now critically endangered, with only 4,000 individuals surviving. Dominique Bikaba, a conservationist working to save this incredible ape - a close relative to humans - was last night presented with a 'Green Oscar', writes CATHERINE HARTE

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Three-quarters of people in Wales oppose the shooting of ‘game’ birds

Catherine Harte
| 26th April 2018
The once popular countryside pursuit of 'game' bird shooting is falling out of favour with people in Wales, according to a new survey. The poll - commissioned by League Against Cruel Sports and Animal Aid - shows the majority of respondents were against the sport after learning of the poor conditions in which the animals were bred. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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Leading Catholic organisations divest from fossil fuels

Catherine Harte
| 25th April 2018
As an increasing number of leading international institutions are being called out for their investments in fossil fuels, a group of prominent Catholic organisations has become the latest to divest and are urging other church members to do the same, writes CATHERINE HARTE

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Iceland to resume hunting endangered fin whales

Catherine Harte
| 19th April 2018
Icelandic fishermen will resume their hunt for the endangered fin whale this summer with a target of 191 kills for the season. This is despite a recent poll of Icelanders showing a decline in support for whale hunting. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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How a mathematical model could help protect forests

Catherine Harte
| 10th April 2018
Scientists say there is a growing urgency to understand how affected forests may or may not recover as forest fires increase in frequency. A team from the Smithsonian Institute has come up with a mathematical model which they say will help identify the forest areas most at risk. CATHERINE HARTE has the story

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More than 20,000 volunteers expected at nationwide beach clean

Catherine Harte
| 10th April 2018
Surfers against Sewage is calling on volunteers to take part in what they say will be one of the biggest ever beach cleans covering over 500 communities - in the wake of a recent government report which projected that ocean plastic is set to treble by 2025. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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How the spread of woody vines is threatening fragmented rainforests

Catherine Harte
| 9th April 2018
An intense war is being fought between woody vines and native trees in fragmented rainforests, according to new research. The chopping down of rainforest is exacerbating the problem and could lead to significant changes in the ecology and dynamics of these tropical eco-systems, reports CATHERINE HARTE

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