Bees may struggle in winds caused by global warming, study finds

Bees Experiment revealed increased wind speeds reduced the efficiency of their foraging With no wind bees took nectar from 5.45 flowers during 90 seconds, this fell to an average of 3.73 flowers when wind speed was increased. Photograph: Inti Ocón/Getty A hardworking honey bee might…

Renewables barely feature in building programme for 500 schools

Schools Solar panels, heat pumps and sustainable designs bypassed – but now one Somerset school is taking a stand Only one school in England, Hackbridge primary, is zero carbon. Its new building was subsidised by the London borough of Sutton. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian It…

World leaders urged to ‘step back from precipice’ of ecological ruin

The age of extinction Environment As governments prepare to negotiate a Paris-style UN agreement on nature, 23 former foreign ministers have issued a call for urgent action Forest fires in the Amazon occured on an unprecedented scale in 2019. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/AFP/Getty Images Humanity’s ongoing…

Ireland revokes licence of livestock ship operator over low performance rating

Animals farmed Animals Decision concerns two ships regularly transporting live animals to the Middle East, prompting questions about monitoring of fleet Cattle are loaded onto a ship transporting cattle from Brazil to the Middle East. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters The Irish government revoked approvals for the…

Researchers claim solar efficiency breakthrough for flexible ‘skin’

Solar power Engineers at the University of Queensland say technology could be used to power small devices, such as a phone, within two years Prof Lianzhou Wang and fellow researchers at the University of Queensland say their new solar technology has broken global records for…

Extinction Rebellion protesters dig up Cambridge college lawn

Extinction Rebellion Action at Trinity part of week-long protests over ties between colleges and fossil fuel industry The dug-up lawn at Trinity, which has stepped up security this week. Photograph: Social Media/Reuters Extinction Rebellion protesters have dug up the lawn of Trinity College, Cambridge, as…

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say

UK weather Government urged to create more natural drainage systems to cope with impact of crisis The River Usk in Brecon. One scientist said places to slow, store and filter water needed to be created in the landscape to complement human-built floodwalls. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty…

Ranulph Fiennes labels trophy hunters ‘bullying bastards’ and calls for UK import ban

The age of extinction Environment Explorer says halting imports would recognise the devastating impact of colonialism on wildlife The then Prince of Wales, centre, poses with a tiger he shot on a hunting expedition in Nepal in 1922. Sir Ranulph Fiennes says trophy hunting was…