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# nature - Last week 27th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

Fossil ‘overturns more than a century of knowledge about origin of modern birds’
# Research
# Research

Fossil ‘overturns more than a century of knowledge about origin of modern birds’

Wed 9:43 PM 20,304 Views 7 Comments

Each of the roughly 11,000 species of birds on Earth today is classified into one of two groups, based on the arrangement of their palate bones.

# nature - Last month November 2022

Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity to hear from Dr Jane Goodall at final meeting
# Nature
# Nature

Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity to hear from Dr Jane Goodall at final meeting

Nov 26th 2022, 6:45 AM 8,255 Views 6 Comments

The assembly will send recommendations to the government on how to solve the biodiversity emergency.

# nature - This year 2022

Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands

Sep 30th 2022, 11:53 AM 9,293 Views 14 Comments

The State has two months to act or potentially face legal action before the European Court of Justice.

Leaves fall early in UK after heatwave as experts warn of Ireland's vulnerability
# Climate
# Climate

Leaves fall early in UK after heatwave as experts warn of Ireland's vulnerability

Aug 27th 2022, 7:00 AM 63,833 Views 29 Comments

The Devon Wildlife Trust said it has observed signs of ‘false autumn’ at 60 nature reserves.

Opinion: Rivers are our last true wilderness in Ireland
# Nature
# Nature

Opinion: Rivers are our last true wilderness in Ireland

Jun 18th 2022, 7:00 AM 14,671 Views 8 Comments

Author John Connell writes about how a canoe trip in lockdown showed him the importance of the country’s waterways.

The Bee Guy: Diary of a mother bumble bee stuck at the window
# Help Them Out
# Help Them Out

The Bee Guy: Diary of a mother bumble bee stuck at the window

Apr 18th 2022, 9:00 PM 21,398 Views 11 Comments

Paul Handrick charts the story of that one bee you hear tapping at the window to get out, and he asks us to help her escape.

The Bee Guy: The girls are back in town - tips for helping the bumblebee queens
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

The Bee Guy: The girls are back in town - tips for helping the bumblebee queens

Mar 26th 2022, 8:00 AM 29,883 Views 9 Comments

Paul Handrick has some helpful advice for keeping queen bumblebees alive if you see them in trouble.

BirdWatch Ireland calls for reports of invasive parrot species after sightings in Dublin park
# Ring-necked Parakeets
# Ring-necked Parakeets

BirdWatch Ireland calls for reports of invasive parrot species after sightings in Dublin park

Feb 19th 2022, 8:00 PM 65,779 Views 42 Comments

The birds have been spotted in Griffith Park in Drumcondra.

Taoiseach to bring proposal to Cabinet to form citizens' assembly on biodiversity
# Emergency
# Emergency

Taoiseach to bring proposal to Cabinet to form citizens' assembly on biodiversity

Feb 2nd 2022, 3:47 PM 5,347 Views 8 Comments

Campaigners have been waiting for the assembly to be called since a biodiversity emergency was declared in 2019.

Egyptian vulture spotted in Co Roscommon
# Lough Rea
# Lough Rea

Egyptian vulture spotted in Co Roscommon

Jan 1st 2022, 5:10 PM 55,781 Views 38 Comments

The male bird was first observed yesterday morning by the National Parks and Wildlife Services warden.

# nature - Last year 2021

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year

Dec 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 44,304 Views 18 Comments
  • Huge crackdown on illegal cutting during bird nesting season over the past two years, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • Since 2020, the wildlife service has taken as many cases to court as it did between 2010 and 2019
  • Over €45,000 was paid by guilty parties in fines, costs and donations to charities this year alone
'It is urgent': 'Frustration' that still no date set for Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity
# Nature
# Nature

'It is urgent': 'Frustration' that still no date set for Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity

Oct 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 5,146 Views 3 Comments
  • This planned Citizens' Assembly is currently "under discussion at a senior level" between two government departments.
  • Environmentalists have said it's "frustrating" to still be awaiting a timeline for the assembly.
  • Ireland declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019.
A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability

Oct 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,672 Views 7 Comments

Farm subsidies to protect biodiversity need to be channelled into results-led projects.

Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
# Red List
# Red List

Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct

Sep 4th 2021, 3:45 PM 16,886 Views 15 Comments

About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact

Aug 28th 2021, 9:15 AM 14,143 Views 10 Comments

Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,467 Views 41 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”
Quiz: How much do you know about flowers?
# Ah Petal
# Ah Petal

Quiz: How much do you know about flowers?

Apr 24th 2021, 10:00 PM 55,173 Views 15 Comments

Test your knowledge.

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 9,547 Views 9 Comments

The biologist and writer shares an extract from his book Entangled Life.

Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines
# Nature
# Nature

Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines

Apr 15th 2021, 8:13 AM 17,043 Views 21 Comments

One in four birds is now on the so-called red list.

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 76,203 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 46,986 Views 59 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

# nature - All time

Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970
# Nature
# Nature

Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970

Sep 10th 2020, 11:21 AM 13,488 Views 41 Comments

Charity WWF is calling for national laws to stop the impact of human activity on nature.

Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
# Good Eyes
# Good Eyes

Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Sep 1st 2020, 8:31 PM 22,118 Views 6 Comments

The photos come from the almost 50,000 entries to the Natural History Museum’s competition.

Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape

Apr 25th 2020, 12:30 PM 44,294 Views 61 Comments

The council said that many parks, and all playgrounds, are now chemical-free.

Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds
# Nature
# Nature

Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds

Jun 11th 2019, 10:37 AM 7,909 Views 11 Comments

A new study has found that plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than ‘natural’ rates.

A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer
# Bee On The Lookout
# Bee On The Lookout

A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer

May 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 28,327 Views 27 Comments

The survey is the first of its kind in Europe.

'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature
# Extinction
# Extinction

'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature

May 6th 2019, 12:54 PM 25,058 Views 57 Comments

Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.

These breathtaking photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year
# Photography
# Photography

These breathtaking photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

Apr 21st 2019, 9:15 PM 68,066 Views 19 Comments

The contest carries a $7,500 first prize.

These stunning photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year
# Photography
# Photography

These stunning photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

Mar 31st 2019, 10:30 AM 33,884 Views 6 Comments

Entries are still being accepted.

Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures
# Nature
# Nature

Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures

Mar 9th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,441 Views 57 Comments

The petition wants councils to stop cutting down trees in public spaces without informing the public.

Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them
# Laws Of Attraction
# Laws Of Attraction

Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Feb 9th 2019, 6:00 PM 7,366 Views 3 Comments

Male butterflies show a preference for females that have similar markings.

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods
# Column
# Column

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods

Dec 8th 2018, 9:00 PM 19,395 Views 2 Comments

I was honoured to be asked to shoot a music video for artist David Rooney, best known for his unique illustrations, I didn’t realise he had a hidden talent as a singer, writes Donal Moloney.

Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat
# Nature
# Nature

Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat

Nov 29th 2018, 11:02 AM 12,121 Views 27 Comments

A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.

Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared
# Penguin
# Penguin

Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared

Nov 20th 2018, 8:00 PM 35,928 Views 21 Comments

No, not the chocolate bars – real penguins. Author Rob Maguire explains.

BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins
# Dynasties
# Dynasties

BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins

Nov 20th 2018, 2:47 PM 46,454 Views 28 Comments

The decision broke a principle of nature film-making to observe but not interfere.

Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'
# Borneo
# Borneo

Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'

Jul 26th 2018, 11:07 AM 11,429 Views 23 Comments

At least 18 pygmy elephants have been killed in the region since April.

Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour
# Kilauea
# Kilauea

Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour

Jun 1st 2018, 7:15 AM 14,000 Views 9 Comments

“It can’t get hotter than where we are,” said a scientist from the US Geological Survey.

These nature photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
# Travel
# Travel

These nature photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Apr 29th 2018, 12:00 PM 22,018 Views 10 Comments

Photographers are competing for a top prize of $10,000.

The harder a male tries to woo a female, the more likely they are to render their species extinct - study
# We're Doomed
# We're Doomed

The harder a male tries to woo a female, the more likely they are to render their species extinct - study

Apr 14th 2018, 5:30 PM 32,081 Views 58 Comments

Research into certain extinct crustaceans shows the more energy put into creating larger sexual organs, the more likely the species might cease to exist.

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark
# Misunderstood
# Misunderstood

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

Mar 3rd 2018, 11:00 AM 13,516 Views 3 Comments

A group of scientists spent several weeks diving with whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands.

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