In South Asia, three species of vultures are facing extinction due to a veterinary drug called diclofenac which causes kidney failure and death within a few days. Breeding programmes are underway and a drug called meoloxicam has been found to offer a safe alternative. But is it too late for the small wild population to survive?
The UK’s Overseas territories contain a diverse range of native and endemic species but these fragile environments are under threat by the introduction of invasive, non-native species. This film looks at ways that visitors and tourists can play their part in protecting such important habitats.
The RSPB’s Richard Thaxton and Clare Wordley talk about the magnificent ospreys that return each year to Loch Garten.
Meet the New Forest Travel Concierge – helping you to explore the beauty of the National Park without the need for a car. The Travel Concierges run a pedal powered mobile unit full of information on the New Forest Tour, Beach Bus, trains, Twizy electric cars, walking and cycling routes, as well as visitor attractions. You can find them at Brockenhurst train station and at campsites during the summer season www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/travel
The 50 Things to do before you are 11¾ campaign was first launched in 2012. To date over 90,000 of the nation’s youngsters have signed up to tackle the list. Children who complete all the 50 Things on the bucket list will receive a unique visit pass that will enable them and a parent to access over 200 National Trust places, helping them to develop that long term connection to the natural world.
To find out more about the 50 Things visit https://www.50things.org.uk/
The LowCVP is a public-private, not-for-profit partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK businesses. Approaching 200 organisations are members, from diverse backgrounds including government representatives, automotive and fuel supply chains, vehicle users, academics and environment/not-for-profit bodies. For more information visit: www.lowcvp.org.uk
Business must lead the way in implementing solutions for a sustainable world, according to the WBCSD and member companies in this video summary of a 2014 meeting in Montreux that called for a robust, meaningful climate agreement in 2015 and a political strategy conceived by business. For more info, visit www.wbcsd.org
Baptized “Hifadhi”, which means “to keep” or “to preserve” in Swahili, this project aims to distribute 60,000 improved cookstoves in three districts in Embu County (Embu East, Embu North, Mbere South), located at the foot of Mount Kenya. The improved “Hifadhi” cookstoves are made from locally-sourced metal and ceramic materials. It is highly energy-efficient because of a ceramic liner that improves combustion and retains heat longer while cooking. But its main quality is that it decreases wood consumption by 60 percent compared to the traditional three-stone cookstove, as kitchen tests done by researchers at Kenyatta University in Nairobi have confirmed. This project will save 13,000 tons of wood and save 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 over the project’s life span of 10 years. For more info, visit www.livelihoods.eu/portfolio/climate-pal-kenya/
In this film, we discover how invasive weeds are impacting livelihoods in East Africa. Four species are particularly problematic: Chromolaena odorata (Devil weed), Parthenium hysterophorus (Famine weed), Prosopis juliflora (Mathenge) and Opuntia stricta (Australian pest pear – a type of Prickly pear). CABI is an inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Visit www.cabi.org for more information.
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that infects people, cats, otters and many other animals. The disease is notorious for changing the behaviour of its victims. The Otter project at Cardiff University is tracking the disease by taking samples from dead otters sent in from all parts of England and Wales. Find out more: http://www.otterproject.cf.ac.uk/