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Connecting extreme weather to climate change distracts from the need to protect society from high-impact weather events which will continue to happen irrespective of human-induced climate change, say experts.

Writing in the journal Weather, Climate and Society, the University of Manchester researchers argue that cutting greenhouse gas emissions, while crucial to reducing humanity’s longer-term impact on the planet, will not eliminate violent storms, tornadoes or flooding and the damage they cause.

The UK’s share of the global water technology market could be worth £8.8bn by 2030, providing 71,000 jobs and involving around 960 SMEs, suggests a new report published today by the UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP).

A snapshot of recent LWEC Partner organisations research investments in water.

Custom-designed radar measures Antarctic ice with millimetre accuracy

A series of radars just deployed on Antarctica will give researchers their first ever day-by-day measurements of the health of one of the ice shelves that surround the frozen continent.

The ice shelves around Antarctica can be up to 2 kilometres thick, but preliminary trials show the new radar system can detect changes of as little as a millimetre – about the amount the Pine Island Glacier melts in just 30 minutes.

A study produced by researchers on the LWEC Insect Pollinators Initiative suggests that diseases from managed honey bees are now widespread in the UK's wild bumblebee populations.

The research published in the journal Nature suggests that some diseases are being driven into wild bumblebee populations from managed honeybees. The findings will hopefully help beekeepers worldwide to develop honeybee management that supports both kept and wild bees.

Two new policy and practice notes published today are designed to provide helpful advice to people in the health and social services sector.

The publications from Living With Environmental Change will be available at the launch of a ‘Sustainable Development Strategy’, presented today by NHS England’s Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson, and Public Health England Chief Executive Duncan Selbie.

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