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Bee-harming pesticide firms took part in key meeting on their ban

Damian Carrington

30th July 2015

A bumblebee pauses on an Inula Magnifica. Photo: Tom Blackwell via Flickr (CC BY-NC). Previously suppressed documents show that Bayer and Syngenta, the makers of controversial 'neonic' insecticides subject to an EU ban, took part in and sought to influence a key meeting of pesticide experts to decide whether to lift a ban on their use in the UK. more...

Global warming's record-breaking trend continues

Alex Kirby

29th July 2015

It's getting hot, and we're racing towards for even hotter. Photo: SMADE|MEDIA Galleria via Flickr (CC BY). A detailed update of key climate indicators by hundreds of scientists reveals that 2014 saw rises in temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases to record levels, writes Alex Kirby. more...

FoE acts to revoke 'unlawful' bee-killer pesticide permit

Oliver Tickell

28th July 2015

Honeybee on oilseed rape flower. Photo: s.ralph2010 via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND). Friends of the Earth has taken the first legal steps towards striking out last week's emergency approval of bee-harming 'neonic' pesticides in England, granted last week despite a Europe-wide ban. more...

Norway's 'green battery' hydro plan for Europe

Paul Brown

27th July 2015

Oddatjønn dam, Rogaland, Norway. Photo: Statkraft via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND). Engineers in Norway aim to put their mighty hydroelectric dams to a new purpose, writes Paul Brown - as giant batteries to store up surplus power from wind and sun across Europe, and put it back in the grid when generation falls off or demand is strong. more...

Victory! Toxic chemical banned in EU textile imports

Yixiu Wu / The Ecologist

26th July 2015

Nike was one of the 'problem companies' identified in an earlier Greenpeace report, but now it's leading the battle against releases of toxic chemicals. Photo: Alan Klim via Flickr (CC BY). 'Detox' campaigners scored a huge victory this week when EU countries voted unanimously to ban imports of clothes and textiles containing the toxic 'gender bender' chemical NPE. more...

Cuadrilla will appeal Lancashire's fracking refusal

Kyla Mandel & Ben Lucas / DeSmog.uk

24th July 2015

Lancashire protesters make their feelings on Cuadrilla's fracking plans plain, 18th September 2011. Photo: Justin Woolford via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA). Shale gas company Cuadrilla will appeal Lancashire's decision to refuse permission to frack, write Kyla Mandel & Ben Lucas. The planning battle will last well into 2016, as campaigners prepare to fight all the way. more...

Bee cause: Germany tightens, UK relaxes neonic regulation

Oliver Tickell

23rd July 2015

One of the lucky ones: bumblebee on dandelion at Altenhagen, Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photo: Jakob Stitz via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA). An Emergency Ordinance comes into force in Germany today that extends the EU's ban on 'neonic' pesticides to protect bees. But the UK's farming minister Liz Truss has relaxed the ban to allow farmers to use neonics on 30,000 hectares of oilseed rape. more...

Senseless and damaging: UK's solar cuts

The Ecologist

22nd July 2015

Will all this come to an end now? Photo: Centre for Alternative Technology (www.cat.org.uk) via Flickr (CC BY). The UK government has announced massive cuts in support for solar roofs and farms that appear designed to undermine investor confidence just as the technology is on track to be subsidy-free by 2020. more...

Britain's 'protected' moorlands go up in flames

The Ecologist

21st July 2015

Fierce flames creep across moorland near Heriot, Scotland. Photo: Snipps Whispers (CC BY-NC-ND). A new study led by RSPB shows that more than half of Britain's most precious upland moors are suffering from burning - widely used to increase the numbers of red grouse available for recreational shooting. more...

Government turns fire on solar power

Kyla Mandel / DeSmog.uk

20th July 2015

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd at the launch of Kingspan Energy’s latest solar PV project on their warehouse roof in Selby, 7th October 2014. The array spans 30,000 sq.m, making it largest rooftop solar renovation project in UK. Photo: DECC via Flickr (CC Energy secretary Amber Rudd promised 'a new solar revolution' for the UK, writes Kyla Mandel. But now the industry is braced for a massive round of cuts that could kill off the sector, just as it's on course to be the UK's first subsidy-free renewable power source in 2020. more...

Protecting endangered species - Congress says NO, America says YES

Caeleigh MacNeil / EarthJustice

18th July 2015

Most Americans rate endangered species above mines, tar sands and fracking wells. But Congress thinks otherwise. Sage-grouse in Eastern Oregon. Photo: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington via Flickr (CC BY). A welt of anti-wildlife 'riders' have been attached to essential legislation in the US Congress, writes Caeleigh MacNeil - aimed at stripping protection from endangered species and so grease the skids for industrial exploitation of wildlands against the wishes of the great majority of Americans. more...

Fracking go-ahead in SSSI wildlife sites, groundwater sources

Adam Vaughan / Guardian Environment

17th July 2015

Now it could be fracked: North Meadow, a traditional uncultivated water meadow of 110 acres, contains 80% of the UK population of the Snakeshead Fritillary. Photo: Nick Warner via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA). Breaking a clear pre-election promise, the government will allow fracking to take place in the UK's most precious wildlife sites and in vital groundwater source areas, writes Adam Vaughan. more...

GMO and glyphosate wars rage

Oliver Tickell

16th July 2015

Scientists working inside positive pressure personnel suit at biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory of the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Frederick, Maryland. Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / Public Domain. Three in one: EFSA set to re-licence glyphosate based on secret industry studies; Monsanto moves against IARC verdict that glyphosate is a 'probable carcinogen'; and new science shows that FDA principle of GMO 'substantial equivalence' is bunk. more...

Green energy suppliers launch Hinkley C nuclear challenge

The Ecologist

15th July 2015

He won't be pleased: UK Prime Minister David Cameron addressing Hinkley B workers as part of his visit to the Hinkley Point C site on 21st October 2013. Photo: Number 10 / DECC via Flickr (CC BY-ND). A second legal challenge to the UK's proposed Hinkley C nuclear power plant in Somerset was launched this morning by ten renewable and municipal power suppliers in Germany and Austria, citing grave distortions to European energy markets. more...

Argentine GM soya town bans pesticides

Claire Robinson / GMWatch

14th July 2015

Monte Maiz Council unanimously approves an ordinance that bans the spraying of pesticides and the storage of agrochemicals in and near the town in Cordoba, Argentina. Photo: still from local TV report. The Council of Monte Maiz, a small town in Argentina surrounded by intensive GMO soya farms, has enacted a law that forbids the spraying and storage of pesticides and other agrochemicals after severe health impacts were detected. more...

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