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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.

A new survey to assess users’ needs in Europe with regard to seasonal to decadal climate predictions (from a month up to 10 years into the future) has just been launched!

This survey is aimed at European organisations whose activities and operations are susceptible to weather/climate events and impacts across a range of sectors including energy, water, transport, tourism, health, insurance, emergency services, agriculture, and forestry.

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.

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