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The Living With Environmental Change Partnership announces a call for proposals for the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) funded jointly by BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government.

The first phase of the initiative supported a number of short-term capacity- and consortium-building awards. The second phase funded seven longer and larger research projects.

Densely populated and low-lying, Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. How can millions of Bangladeshis protect their families and incomes from rising sea levels, erratic rainfall and temperature extremes? That’s the topic of a new film by tve: Television Trust for the Environment, commissioned by CDKN. The filmmakers follow a group of researchers from Bangladesh and the UK as they investigate how climate change is causing people to migrate within Bangladesh, as a way of coping.

An upgraded version of the UKEOF Catalogue was launched on 25 June 2014. The UKEOF Catalogue provides access to information about environmental observations, offering a unique UK overview. This new version will enable easier access to more up-to-date information and help facilitate joint working.

An exciting new feature is a mapping search tool, which allows users to see where environmental observations are being carried out in a certain area, find out where facilities are located or look at the coverage of a specific programme.

·       Research shows how Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) has been transformed into a major disease thanks to the parasitic mite Varroa destructor.

·       DWV is widespread in UK honeybees and is usually harmless. However Varroa transmission amplifies a virulent form of the virus associated with disease, reducing foraging ability and increasing mortality.

In the past five years, there has been a surge of interest in the idea of the 'nexus’, as a way of thinking about the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between food, water and energy security, in the broader context of environmental change. These systems are inextricably linked, and integrated approaches are required, which move beyond sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos. To better coordinate UK research efforts in this area, the ESRC is launching The Nexus Network. The ESRC has committed £1.8 million of funding to The Nexus Network over the next three years.


A new film, sponsored by LWEC, and made with South West Water, the Westcountry Rivers Trust and the University of East Anglia, shows how farmers, water company customers and the environment benefit from farm improvements to cut pollution in a Cornish river, the River Fowey.

The case study presented in 'The Bid for Clean Water' film shows a unique way for a Water Company to save money by allocating grants to farmers.