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Badger sniffing daisies. Photo: Sally Longstaff via Flickr.com.

Paterson's plans for a national badger cull bite the dust

Dominic Dyer

4th April 2014

Owen Paterson's bold plans for a national badger cull rollout are now in tatters, writes Dominic Dyer, as he stands condemned by both sides in the debate. Wales shows the real way forward, with biosecurity, cattle movement control, TB testing and vaccination. more...
Owen Paterson. Photo: Jamie Grey via Flickr.com.

Badger cull will resume - but no new areas

Owen Paterson

3rd April 2014

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told Parliament today that the badger cull will continue - and with no independent scientific oversight. However it will not move to new areas. Here we reproduce his full statement to the House of Commons. more...
Cat by Anaa Yoo via Flickr.com.

Badger cull will extend to cats, dogs, hamsters

The Ecologist

1st April 2014

A leaked paper from Defra reveals that future badger culls will extend to 'all host species' for bovine TB, including domestic pets, in order to eliminate all disease reservoirs. more...
A badger out hunting for worms. Photo: Andrea via Flickr.com.

Paterson - preparing to ditch the badger cull?

Oliver Tickell

27th March 2013

Owen Paterson answered MPs' questions today about bovine TB and the badger cull. Answers were few, but the emphasis has shifted ... could the revised BTB strategy contain a significant omission - the cull? more...
An English badger. Photo: Fred Dawson via Flickr.com.

The badger cull - something is rotten in the state of England

Lesley Docksey

24th March 2014

Pending the publication of the long-delayed Independent Panel report on the badger cull, Lesley Docksey finds that the fight for England's badgers is part of an even bigger campaign for scientific and political integrity. more...
A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

BBC says sorry - we got it wrong on Irish badgers

The Ecologist

23rd March 2014

In a ground-breaking decision the BBC has admitted: it was wrong to state that badger culling in the Republic of Ireland had reduced incidences of TB in cattle. Will the decision stop the Government from making the same mistake? more...

Ghost Tour

Lucy Anna Scott

7 February 2014

The Marsh sow-thistle, officially extinct in London, is having a revival after being reintroduced to the Thames Road wetland site and nurtured back to strength. more...
A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com.

Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

Jo Cartmell

29th January 2014

Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return. more...
Is the badger cull any more 'scientifically justified' than this?

Number 10's badger cull 'escape plan' - Paterson doomed?

Lesley Docksey

18th January 2014

Number 10 is seeking an 'escape plan' for a badger cull gone disastrously wrong under Owen Paterson's direction. Lesley Docksey reports on a likely end to the cull - and to Paterson's ministerial role. more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...
Bramley Frith wood in Hampshire will never be same again. In 1965 the National Grid build a substation there serving Basingstoke.

Ancient woodland cannot be 'offset'

Austin Brady

11th January 2014

Owen Paterson has done it again - offering up ancient woodland for development via 'biodiversity offsetting' - planting new trees elsewhere. Trouble is, says Austin Brady, ancient woods are centuries in the making. more...
Smart meters - would we be better off sticking with these, and cutting £12 billion off our fuel bills? Photo: nilexuk via Flickr.com.

UK's £12 billion 'smart' meter program is FCUKED

Nick Hunn

27th December 2013

The UK's smart metering is set to be the country's next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn - saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. more...

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Dancing on Paterson's political grave: Badgers' Revenge. Via worldduh.com.

Failure upon failure - the collapse of the badger culls

Lesley Docksey

18th December 2013

England's 2013 badger culls collapsed in chaos - a severe blow to Owen Paterson and his Department, Defra. Now Lesley Docksey lifts the lid on the disgraceful fiasco to expose Paterson's fantasy world of 'science' ...
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Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
Badger protest in London. Photo: davidjmclare2 / Flikr.

Badger fiasco shows England needs new wildlife governance

Dominic Dyer

3rd December 2013

It's high time for an independent Wildlife Protection Agency, argues Dominic Dyer. The botched badger cull shows we can no longer trust DEFRA, Natural England or the JNCC to carry out their duty to protect our wildlife. more...

Gloucestershire badger cull called off

The Ecologist

29th November 2013

Wildlife groups are celebrating following the announcement that the Gloucestershire badger cull is being abandoned early, after it failed to meet any of its targets. more...
Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan: a perfect storm of corruption and neglect

Doracie Zoleta-Nantes

13th November 2013

Why did Typhoon Haiyan wreak such havoc on the Philippines? In a country that sees 20 tropical storms every year, it would be natural to expect some form of planning for such disasters. But a neglectful government distracted by political chaos meant Filipinos received little warning of the coming storm. more...
M3 at Twyford Down

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

Hannah Mowat

4th November 2013

The UK Government plans to allow biodiversity destroyed by development to be recreated elsewhere. Hannah Mowat of FERN believes the idea is both wrong and dangerous. The official consultation ends on 7th November 2013. more...

Tuberculosis, tracking devices, and the social lives of badgers

Nicola Weber

4th November 2013

As the UK's badger cull sputters to its dismal conclusion, wildlife researcher Nicola Weber explains why the killing may lead to more, not fewer, tubercular infections of both badgers and cattle. more...

Campaigners target universities' fossil-fuel investments

Ben Whitford

2nd November 2013

A movement is rising up on campuses across the US as campaigners, backed by a growing student body, say NO! to university investment in dirty energy. But will the campaign hit home? Ben Whitford reports ... more...

Badger culls kill scientific honesty

October 15th, 2013

By Lesley Docksey

In the first of a three part analysis of the ongoing UK badger cull Lesley Docksey examines current and historical data and concludes that the government are simply ignoring the science of epidemiology.......... more...

Ethical Diamonds: Why the Four "Cs" Need an "O"

4th October 2013

By Gregory Krauss

Human rights attorney Gregory Krauss tells the Ecologist that the diamond industry is still far from ethical, and believes consumers should start demanding stringent regulation, for the sake of both people and the environment ... more...

Threatened biodiversity of Yasuni

The Ecologist

10th September 2013

Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon is home to a record number of species. Now that the Yasuni-ITT Initiative has failed the future of those species hangs in the balance..... more...

How do you feed a city of 117,000 people sustainably?

August 30th, 2013

Charlie Taverner

Exeter might be affluent and hungry for locally produced, sustainable food, but in common with other towns and cities across the UK, independent retailers, producers and food entrepreneurs face an uphill challenge, reports Charlie Taverner
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A license to trash? Why Biodiversity Offsetting (BO) will be a disaster for the environment

Lorna Howarth

September 9th, 2013

As the UK government gives the go ahead for the country's first Biodiversity Offsetting (BO) scheme, Lorna Howarth explains why it will be a disaster for the nation's already declining wildlife more...

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