environment

March of the beekeepers

Protest by beekeepers and members of the public against DEFRA minister Owen Paterson’s opposition to a proposed EU ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which many leading scientists (including those on the House of Commons’ own Environmental Audit Committee) believe is killing bees in alarming numbers. The protest was organised by Avaaz, 38 Degrees …

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The UK and tar sands fuel

Why won’t the UK Government support the EU ban on tar sands fuel…? A bill currently being introduced in the EU which would effectively ban tar sands fuel – the world’s most environmentally damaging transport oil – is being opposed by the UK. Instead of following its pledges (and as an EU state, legal obligation) …

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Dams approved in Chilean Patagonia

So, after five years of protests from local and international campaigns, and despite the fact that 61% of the Chilean population are against the project, HidroAysen’s controversial dam proposal for Chilean Patagonia has been approved by the Chilean Government. Despite serious conflicts of interest on the part of members of the Environmental Review Commission – …

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Up to 278 environmental laws to be scrapped

Yet another supremely stupid idea from No 10…. The UK Government’s Red Tape Challenge offers the alarming possibility of scrapping no fewer than 278 environmental laws, including the Climate Change Act (2008) and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000). Pretty intelligent and forward thinking, huh (especially for a government pushing its ‘green’ credentials …

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