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World on track for worst-case warming scenario - environment - 22 September 2014 - New Scientist

World on track for worst-case warming scenario - environment - 22 September 2014 - New Scientist | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
As world leaders prepare to talk tough on climate change in New York City, the stark lack of progress made so far in tackling the problem is revealed
Gordon McGlone's insight:

||Presidents, prime ministers and ministers flying into New York City on Tuesday for a one-day United Nations summit on climate change have their work cut out for them. And this is why. As the graph above shows, despite everything they have done so far, we are on a clear course to extreme global warming.||


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Nick Clegg taunts David Cameron on 'green crap'

Nick Clegg taunts David Cameron on 'green crap' | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Nick Clegg, addressing his party conference summarised them like this: “Laws that will commit British governments to reducing carbon from our electricity sector. Create new, legal targets for clean air and water. Give everyone access to green space. Massively boost energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prioritise the shift to green cars. Bring an end to dirty coal.”
Gordon McGlone's insight:

The environment does not feature highly enough on political agendas,.  Clegg, Cameron and Milliband must do better.  Farage is a lost cause http://anewnatureblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-strange-case-of-dr-earth-and-the-ukip-environment-policies/

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Elizabeth Truss, the farmers’ new champion, ready to press on with many challenges ahead

Elizabeth Truss, the farmers’ new champion, ready to press on with many challenges ahead | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
London Editor Graeme Demianyk speaks to new Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, who wants to re-connect Britain to the countryside, is defiant over the badger cull and thinks a career in farming...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Sensible words from Liz Truss about the importance of farmers and farming.  Her thoughts on the justification for the badger cull are much less convincing.

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Local people preserve the environment better than governments - environment - 03 August 2014 - New Scientist

Local people preserve the environment better than governments - environment - 03 August 2014 - New Scientist | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom says governments are best placed to protect forests and wildlife, but the evidence shows that local communities can outdo them
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Local people are good guardians of their forests.  Will the same be true for English parishes in the face of nuclear waste and tracking bonus government backed pay-off schemes? 

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Susan Sharma's curator insight, August 5, 11:17 PM

Governments know this but are loathe to give up control!

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Montenegro revives 40 year old plan to drown wild beauty

Montenegro revives 40 year old plan to drown wild beauty | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
 The government of Montenegro has revived a plan to erect four dams on the Moraca river abandoned after an international outcry and a lack of investors less than three years ago.
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A Tale of Blue Bigots and Green Blobs

A Tale of Blue Bigots and Green Blobs | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
It’s a while since we’ve read anything in the news quite as entertaining as Owen Paterson’s recent tirade against the ‘Green Blob’ (the one wot done him in).
Gordon McGlone's insight:

The Green Blob bounces back! A spectacular own goal by Paterson.


"If only we ‘Green Blobbers’ had even a fraction of the influence and funds that Paterson bitterly credits us with. How different our world would be. For a start we would not be in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction – a global wave of species extinction caused almost entirely by humans."

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Seventy sharks found dead on the Gower were 'probably' thrown off a fishing boat

Seventy sharks found dead on the Gower were 'probably' thrown off a fishing boat | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The Shark Trust is demanding limits be set on fished numbers to avoid a population crash

Via Kathy Dowsett
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Criminal, cynical and senseless - by catch is an affront to anyone who respects nature and believes that we are working towards sustainable  marine harvests.  Those who catch and dump do not deserve any respect.

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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 22, 9:21 AM

How tragic that others see some of these sharks as pests and discard them as trash.

 

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Royal Welsh Show 2014: David Cameron Q&A - We will stick to badger cull

Royal Welsh Show 2014: David Cameron Q&A - We will stick to badger cull | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
David Cameron became the first serving prime minister to make an official visit to the Royal Welsh Show when he stopped by at the showground in Builth Wells on Monday (21 July).
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Don't blame Liz Truss Secretary of State for Environment.


So that it is clear - It's Cameron's Cull


Q: Mr Cameron, are you happy with the progress on bovine TB in Wales and in England?

A: Obviously, I’m not happy in that we are still losing so many cattle to this awful disease. The vision is there. What we want is healthy cattle and healthy badgers.


What I think you get from this government is an absolute iron determination to take the right decisions – even if they are difficult and unpopular. And that’s why it’s so important that we complete the pilot culls that are taking place and why I’ve been so personally insistent about that.


I think it’s right to say that when we look at how TB has been dealt with across the world, it usually requires a combination of measures – movement restrictions and all the rest of it. But also a limited amount of culling in the wildlife population that carries it [the disease]. The commitment is there.


Am I happy with how things are going? Well, I’m happy that the pilots are going ahead. But obviously, we need to deal with this dreadful disease. To those who oppose this, I would make two points. First, if we don’t succeed, we are set to spend £1bn over the next decade on destroying cattle – and that is a huge amount of money. The second thing is, for those that care about animal rights, is that this is a miserable disease for badgers.


The whole point of this strategy is to have healthy badgers and healthy cattle and that is what we are absolutely committed to do. In terms of Wales, we will have to watch carefully the vaccination trials and study the figures. I was talking to Carwyn Jones about it this morning.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, July 21, 9:34 AM

So that is clear - It's Cameron's Cull


Q: Mr Cameron, are you happy with the progress on bovine TB in Wales and in England?

A: Obviously, I’m not happy in that we are still losing so many cattle to this awful disease. The vision is there. What we want is healthy cattle and healthy badgers.


What I think you get from this government is an absolute iron determination to take the right decisions – even if they are difficult and unpopular. And that’s why it’s so important that we complete the pilot culls that are taking place and why I’ve been so personally insistent about that.


I think it’s right to say that when we look at how TB has been dealt with across the world, it usually requires a combination of measures – movement restrictions and all the rest of it. But also a limited amount of culling in the wildlife population that carries it [the disease]. The commitment is there.


Am I happy with how things are going? Well, I’m happy that the pilots are going ahead. But obviously, we need to deal with this dreadful disease. To those who oppose this, I would make two points. First, if we don’t succeed, we are set to spend £1bn over the next decade on destroying cattle – and that is a huge amount of money. The second thing is, for those that care about animal rights, is that this is a miserable disease for badgers.


The whole point of this strategy is to have healthy badgers and healthy cattle and that is what we are absolutely committed to do. In terms of Wales, we will have to watch carefully the vaccination trials and study the figures. I was talking to Carwyn Jones about it this morning.

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Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers?

Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers? | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistak...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Owen Paterson's memories of his time at DEFRA align badly with the views of those who stuck with science based evidence rather than politics first.


||In his dogged determination to pursue the persecution of badgers, Mr Paterson chose to ignore overwhelming independent scientific evidence and opinion indicating that killing badgers would contribute little or nothing to TB control, or indeed even make it worse. He also seemingly ignored the disastrous outcomes of the 'pilot culls' conducted last autumn and deemed ineffective and inhumane by his very own Independent Expert Panel, and decided to repeat the killing in Somerset and Gloucestershire this year. DEFRA is even conducting research into badger sett gassing, an indiscriminate and inhumane method of killing badgers which was abandoned in the 1980s. He also chose to brush aside compelling data from Wales where stricter cattle measures are having a huge impact on reducing the number of cattle slaughtered because of TB, without a single badger being killed||

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Owen Paterson: I'm proud of standing up to the green lobby - Telegraph

Owen Paterson: I'm proud of standing up to the green lobby  - Telegraph | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Writing for The Telegraph, the former environment secretary, Owen Paterson, says he is proud of standing up to the green lobby
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Cynical Owen Paterson MP describes his heroic battles with the Green Blob an entity that fights for the public good.  I wonder what Owen Paterson was fighting for?  Political self interest comes to mind. 


||By this I mean the mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and some public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape. This tangled triangle of unelected busybodies claims to have the interests of the planet and the countryside at heart, but it is increasingly clear that it is focusing on the wrong issues and doing real harm while profiting handsomely.||

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Birdman: A challenge awaits after the cull

Birdman: A challenge awaits after the cull | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
INSTALLING revolving doors in the atrium of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ sumptuous headquarters would hardly be in keeping with the art deco styling.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

There was something poignant last Tuesday about the appointment of a new Environment Secretary on the same day as the publication of an illuminating report from the Food.


Research Collaboration, a campaign collective of 10 leading organisations including the Soil Association, RSPB, Food Ethics Council and National Trust.


The report, Square Meal, calls for a new “recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health”, highlighting the connectivity between food price rises, the growing obesity crisis, loss of biodiversity and the need for a resilient farming system in an age of climate change and soaring human population growth.

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Conference calls for radical action to save threatened meadows | The Wildlife Trusts

Conference calls for radical action to save threatened meadows | The Wildlife Trusts | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Today, at Wiston House in Sussex, a conference organised by Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts will call for radical new action to reverse the loss of the UK’s meadow heritage.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Flower rich meadows are a cornerstone of an economically vibrant, ecologically rich and culturally connected countryside.  There is no place in our landscape for fields that are merely carbon fixing components of a technocentric agriculture.  It is vital that a balance is achieved that ensures that diverse, wildlife rich flower communities continue to thrive alongside intensively managed grassland.


||HRH The Prince of Wales, as patron of the three charities and supporter of the Coronation Meadows project, will also attend.  His Royal Highness will share his own vision for a thriving and diverse future for meadows and will host a lunchtime reception.


Attended by policy makers - including a key note speech from Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra - academics and practitioners from conservation, food and farming and rural development, this working event will identify the steps needed to save our vanishing meadows, wildlife and the native breeds that graze them. || 


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Has Cameron quietly downgraded his government’s climate change minister?

Has Cameron quietly downgraded his government’s climate change minister? | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
DECC insists change from minister of state for climate change to undersecretary of state for climate change 'doesn't make any difference' to government's...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

what is worth less then Mr Cameron - the policy or a female minister?  This is a confusing signal from the not 'greenest Government ever'.


|| The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website confirms her remit is nearly identical to that of former climate change minister Greg Barker. But she will not take on his job title as minister of state for climate change and, in echoes of the controversy surrounding Baroness Stowell's appointment as the new Leader of the House of Lords, Rudd can presumably expect to be on a salary that is about £10,000 lower than her male predecessor.||


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‘Widely exaggerated’: Climate skeptic MP blasts UK emissions target

‘Widely exaggerated’: Climate skeptic MP blasts UK emissions target | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will claim in a speech on Wednesday that maintaining the current climate goals for 2050 will “fail to keep the lights on” in Britain.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Paterson rants again; 'Green Blob' is back in his tunnel vision for the future.

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In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife

In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
British officialdom and those they serve are obsessed with the killing of wildlife, writes Lesley Docksey. It seems that whatever the 'problem', from bovine TB to the serendipitous arrival of beavers in Devon, the reflex is the same - to kill wild animals. But increasingly, the British people aren't having it. And our fightback is making waves ....
Gordon McGlone's insight:

I agree wholeheartedly - 

'"Without the natural environment we will become dead - dead in our minds and souls and, eventually, dead in our bodies because we are slowly killing the earth that is our home, our blood and bone and breath."

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Lorraine Platt: Dear Liz Truss…an open letter on the badger cull | Conservative Home

Lorraine Platt: Dear Liz Truss…an open letter on the badger cull | Conservative Home | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The founder of Blue Badger writes to the DEFRA Secretary urging an end to culling.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

David Cameron may see the badger cull as playing to core Tory shire values, but there are many conservatives typified by Lorraine Platt who see the cull as bad practise and bad politics. Liz Truss, Secretary of State, picked up a poisoned apple when she took the DEFRA challenge.

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Nature conservation groups challenge political parties: Recognise the wider benefits of protecting nature and commit to new legislation

Nature conservation groups challenge political parties: Recognise the wider benefits of protecting nature and commit to new legislation | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB are urging all the main political parties to commit to passing a new Nature and Wellbeing Act to help value what nature does for us

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscape, said:

“Nature underpins our health, wellbeing and economy in many ways, yet society continues to let special wildlife-rich places and much-loved species disappear.  This has to change.  We must value - and recognise in the decisions we make - what nature provides us for free and we need to plan for its recovery as a matter of urgency.  A Nature and Wellbeing Act is an essential way to make this upturn happen and all parties need to rise to the challenge.

“The Liberal Democrats’ announcement is welcome and raises the environmental bar for all political parties.”

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RSPCA could stop prosecuting hunts 'within months'

RSPCA could stop prosecuting hunts 'within months' | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The RSPCA may have completed its last hunting prosecution as the charity confirms it could cease taking cases to the courts in months
Gordon McGlone's insight:

||The Countryside Alliance said they would welcome a move to stop the RSPCA pursuing hunts through the courts.


A spokesman said: "We have had some concerns about the dual role of the RSPCA as investigator and prosecutor. They are their own prosecutor and take nothing to the CPS. For them to take hunt prosecutions to the CPS would take some pressure off and is what we have been calling for for years."


He said the news these could be ceased in months was welcomed by the charity, and added: "We have been concerned that some of the hunting cases were being taken for political reasons, and to make headlines."||

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The Government's assault on our beavers is all part of their Stalinesque approach to wildlife

The Government's assault on our beavers is all part of their Stalinesque approach to wildlife | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
First they came for the ducks. Now they are gunning for the beavers. Hot on the heels of reports that a colony of these animals has been spotted frolicking in the wilds of Devon, a minister in the environment department, Defra, George Eustice, says Defra intends to nab and “re-home” them. Many local people are appalled, and a petition to save them has gathered several thousand signatures.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

So who is Leading for Nature?  Come on RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are you navigating a course or passengers where the wind blows?


"What is odd is that the numerous wildlife organisations operating in Britain maintain silence concerning the ideology behind these eradication programmes. Surely they could promote a more genuine debate about whether this shoot-it, kill-it, approach to non-native “invaders” - and to native returnees - is  absolutely necessary. In many ways it is a nonsensical idea; Britain is awash already with non-native species, starting with rabbits, pheasants..."

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Badger Trust calls for meeting with DEFRA Secretary of State - Gordon McGlone

Badger Trust calls for meeting with DEFRA Secretary of State - Gordon McGlone | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Badger Trust calls for urgent meeting with new Defra Secretary ahead of High Court challenge over Badger cull
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SQUARE MEAL

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Call for new recipe for 'farming, wildlife, food and public health'.

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Defra urges public to act to protect bees in run up to publication of pollinator strategy

Defra urges public to act to protect bees in run up to publication of pollinator strategy | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Defra announces actions for all ahead of publication of its pollinator strategy.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Lord de Mauley said: "Pollinators such as bees are vital to the environment and the economy and I want to make sure that we do all we can to safeguard them.


"That’s why we are encouraging everyone to take a few simple actions and play their part in helping protect our bees and butterflies. We will be publishing a nationwide strategy for pollinators later this year to set out everything that we can do to help pollinators flourish."


The "five simple ways" are:

1. Grow more nectar and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees

2. Leave patches of land to grow wild

3. Cut grass less often

4. Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects

5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides


The five actions were drawn up with experts from Natural England, the Food and Environment Research Agency, conservation charities

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Cabinet reshuffle: This fiasco almost looks like an act of sabotage - Telegraph

Cabinet reshuffle: This fiasco almost looks like an act of sabotage  - Telegraph | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Competent ministers have been sacked in order to strengthen Chancellor George Osborne’s position
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Well this is one way of looking at Owen Paterson's credentials - 


"Mr Paterson, who has a profound love and understanding of the country, talks the same language that farmers do. As a result, he has been the most interesting and original environment secretary in three decades, rescuing his department from a morass of town-based pressure groups."

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