Extremely warm winter brought vast forest and moorland fires in Great Britain

2019 - 02 - 27
Extremely warm winter brought vast forest and moorland fires in Great Britain

Forests and moors in Great Britain have been swept by extensive fires in the past few days. Flames were recorded for example at Saddleworth Moor, which is located between Manchester and Leeds and is a popular tourist destination.

The fire broke out on Tuesday, the warmest recorded winter day in British records. A temperature of 21.2 degrees Celsius was measured in Kew Gardens.

Forests in Scotland and in the south-east of England caught fire, too. …

Extremely warm winter brought vast forest and moorland fires in Great Britain
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The Greenland glacier is thawing faster. The island loses 280 billion tons of ice every year

2019 - 01 - 23
The Greenland glacier is thawing faster. The island loses 280 billion tons of ice every year

The thawing pace of the Greenland glacier is faster than scientists have predicted so far. According to a new study, increasingly larger pieces of ice are breaking off the world’s largest island. Subsequently, they melt in the Atlantic ocean and contribute to the rise of the sea level worldwide. The Greenland glacier is thawing four times faster compared to 2003.

Authors of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine …

The Greenland glacier is thawing faster. The island loses 280 billion tons of ice every year
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Dried-up reservoirs and fish ponds. This year has shown that they do not work as protection against drought

2018 - 12 - 01
Dried-up reservoirs and fish ponds. This year has shown that they do not work as protection against drought

The extreme drought that hit Central European countries this year has revived the debate on the construction of new reservoirs and fish ponds. But this year’s high temperatures have also shown that these methods of retaining water in the landscape do not work.
Indeed, this year’s precipitation was so low that even numerous reservoirs lost their water, as did many fish ponds. Even ponds that still retained water showed significantly lower water levels and, moreover, …

Dried-up reservoirs and fish ponds. This year has shown that they do not work as protection against drought
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A hidden threat: dangerous invasive species are often behind the increase in numbers of deciduous trees in European forests

2018 - 11 - 11
A hidden threat: dangerous invasive species are often behind the increase in numbers of deciduous trees in European forests

While foresters in many European countries addressed the forest crisis this year, especially in the wake of drought and the bark beetle calamity, a much greater threat to Europe’s forests is lurking. Non-native woody species are spreading in forests, including dangerous invasive species.

“If you walk through the landscape, you are happy to see deciduous tree species in the monocultures of spruce and pine. When you come closer, the positive feeling often turns into disappointment …

A hidden threat: dangerous invasive species are often behind the increase in numbers of deciduous trees in European forests
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A herd of wild horses began grazing another reserve yesterday

2018 - 10 - 01
A herd of wild horses began grazing another reserve yesterday

Yesterday, one more reserve experiencing the return of wild horses was added to the map of Central Europe. In the west of the Czech Republic, not far from the town of Dobrany, a group of six young male horses has been grazing since yesterday afternoon. They arrived from the former military training area of Milovice near Prague.

“We are very happy that wild horses born in our reserve will help manage another natural place of …

A herd of wild horses began grazing another reserve yesterday
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