Bee decline: Government announces ‘urgent’ review

The government is to announce it will carry out an “urgent and comprehensive” review of the decline of bees. The BBC online reports Minister Lord de Mauley will tell a bee summit, organised by Friends of the Earth, that the review will lead to a “national pollinator strategy”. There is great concern across Europe aboutContinue reading “Bee decline: Government announces ‘urgent’ review”

WILDLIFE UPDATE : Budget cuts may trigger ‘perfect storm’ of threats to UK nature

  Britain’s countryside and wildlife face a looming “perfect storm” of threats to environmental protection, conservationists warned. The Independent reports   The threats are headed by the possibility of massive cuts to EU funding for farmland wildlife schemes, which provides hundreds of millions of pounds annually to help British farmers look after the often-declining speciesContinue reading “WILDLIFE UPDATE : Budget cuts may trigger ‘perfect storm’ of threats to UK nature”

Grim reality – flooding in England this Christmas …..

Heavy rain late on Monday has brought more flooding on Christmas Day as the bad weather continues to threaten homes, businesses, roads and railways. My thoughts are with my friends back in the UK! The Guardian reports Rail bosses urged people not to travel in the south-west of England with the main rail route into Devon and Cornwall blockedContinue reading “Grim reality – flooding in England this Christmas …..”

‘UK lacks ambition to preserve seas’ – MCS

  The Marine Conservation Society says the UK needs proper protection for its seas – now! I agree! The government has been accused of a “lack of ambition” to preserve the seas, about plans for a series of protected marine areas. A total of 127 potential marine conservation zones have been selected in a multimillion-pound programme involving wildlife groups,Continue reading “‘UK lacks ambition to preserve seas’ – MCS”

Decarbonisation target ‘could be postponed until next parliament’

Senior source says difficult negotiations over plans to limit the carbon emissions of future power stations could delay decision . The Guardian reports Plans to limit the carbon emissions of future power stations are on the brink of being delayed until next parliament, in what would be a blow to the climate and energy secretary, green campaigners and businessContinue reading “Decarbonisation target ‘could be postponed until next parliament’”