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- BT Corporate Reports
SOCIAL ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2017
Mary Coyle MBE, the Chair of Shared Interest, says: "I am pleased to report in this set of Social Accounts that we have made considerable progress in achieving the goals set out in our 2014 Strategic Review. This year our lending supported over 160 producer groups, helping almost 375,000 individuals in 60 countries, 30% of whom were women."
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The cycle of deforestation following slash and burn in tropical mountain rainforests can be halted, but the abandoned farmland needs to be brought back into use and backed by local farmers with a forestry and pasture combination, researchers based in Ecuador have discovered.
Around 90% of lowland bogs have been damaged, mainly to provide peat for gardeners and horticulture. Around 70% of peat bogs have been damaged in hills and mountainous areas, mainly by overgrazing, wildfire and drainage. There are now only 6000 hectares of lowland raised bog in good condition. This isn't just a problem for the wildlife that live in these places, damaged bogs are a source of climate-warming greenhouse gases and lead to problems with water quality.
Male crustaceans can 'lock down' their maleness to avoid being completely feminised by seawater contaminated by our modern pollutants, unlike many fish and other vertebrates, according to scientists.
A discovery mission that's remotely controlled from Norfolk is using underwater robots to show how warm water is making its way to the Antarctic ice sheets, causing them to melt.
Although it's been a good year for wildlife on the RSPB's 212 nature reserves, the conservation organisation point out that efforts should be made to boost biodiversity on the wider surroundings outside of their reserves, which too often offer a harsh environment for species to survive.
A British unmanned wave propelled boat, the AutoNaut, has successfully weathered wild 70mph Atlantic storm conditions and travelled some 400 km, returning to the Isles of Scilly after 13 days of gathering environmental data from a range of scientific sensors.
Amphibians dying from viruses in northern Spain have wider significance, scientists involved in the research believe, as emerging diseases, including Ebola, are crossing the species barrier threatening all animal groups.