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GUEST BLOG: Turning public concern about the environment into engagement and action!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to walk nearly 200 miles meandering between England and Wales following the Offa’s Dyke Path. Thanks to King Offa’s instructions to position his Dyke on the highest and steepest land available, as well as tired legs, we experienced the full impact of (potentially climate change induced!) British summer weather - from the heatwave to torrential downpours - and views ranging from breathtaking to ‘can’t see my hand in front of my face’.

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GUEST BLOG: One man's mission to understand his local water

In early 2016, one of our current citizen scientists, John Pratt, sought advice from the UK’s national Environment Agency to explain why his local River Evenlode had turned increasingly murky in the summer months over the 27-year period that he had been fishing there. John decided to do something about what he saw, and has written about his experiences.

 

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Breaking down the science: why FreshWater Watch is an important tool

Human activities seriously damage rivers, streams, ponds and other waterbodies. Farming and sewage are the biggest sources of water pollution, mostly in the form of nutrients, which upset the delicate balance of the water chemistry and affect what is able to live and thrive there. We need to understand how and where pollution is entering our waterbodies to allow us to develop plans to manage and protect them.

 

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IPCC Special Report… some key issues for consideration

This week the much-anticipated IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes was officially published, after a draft version was leaked in July. It lays out the harrowing fact that our planet is in crisis, and that we must act now if we have any chance of it recovering. In response to the official publication, Earthwatch’s Sustainability Inspiration Manager, Bex Craske, looks past the media headlines and sets out some key issues in this blog.

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