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Doha climate conference diary: Qatar's first environmental march

Doha climate conference diary: Qatar's first environmental march | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Saturday's climate march through Doha, attended by about 800 people, is thought to be the first ever demonstration in Qatar

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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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'No cash' to restore nature reserve

'No cash' to restore nature reserve | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A year after plans to build a cycle track on a nature reserve were halted by the High Court, a council says it cannot afford to redevelop the land.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Well done to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in holding the council to account for work that it should not have started.  Nature has value and this must be taken fully into account in all planning and development decisions.

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Labour promises to abandon badger cull immediately if wins power

Labour promises to abandon badger cull immediately  if wins power | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

oA Labour will today put an immediate halt of the badger cull at the heart of its strategy to 'lead the way' on protecting animals from cruelty. Maria Eagle, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, will...

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Animal welfare will be a sour political battleground in marginal constituencies in the South West of England. Farmers blame badgers for being a significant vector of bovine TB, independent scientists state that culling badgers is n

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Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough

Wild flower discovered in Wales named after Sir David Attenborough | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Flower discovered in the Brecon Beacons to be called Attenborough’s hawkweed, just days after a genus of endangered plants was also named after the naturalist
Gordon McGlone's insight:

This is a well deserved honour for the man who is undoubtedly the finest naturalist of his and succeeding generations.  But I would say that, Sir Dave has been a personal hero of mine for over 50 years.  What a man!

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It is North Devon’s turn for marine wildlife protection, say community figures

It is North Devon’s turn for marine wildlife protection, say community figures | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
TWO areas off the North Devon coast, along with an offshore area north of Lundy, are set to be considered for designation as Marine Conservation Zones. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

The pace for declaring inshore Marine Conservation Zones has been glacially slow.  Marine conservation for English and Welsh waters is poor.  It is time that DEFRA had the vision  and courage to conserve marine wildlife and thereby fish and shellfish stocks.

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Politicians bid for farming vote - Country Life

Politicians bid for farming vote - Country Life | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Kate Green reports from last week's annual Oxford Farming Conference.
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The politics of the countryside; expect to hear more rural voter appeals over the next four months.  Some of the claims may even be true!

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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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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Balkan dam boom threatens Europe’s last wild waterways

Balkan dam boom threatens Europe’s last wild waterways | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Environmental concerns have pushed one flagship dam project to the brink of cancellation but a ‘gold rush on the rivers’ of south-east Europe puts these unique ecosystems and their wildlife, including the critically endangered Balkan lynx, in jeopardy
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Nature taken for granted once again:-


“What we have here in the Balkans at the moment is a gold rush on the rivers,” says Ulrich Eichelmann, the director of RiverWatch, an Austria-based NGO. “I sometimes think the western countries that are financially supporting this degradation process have no idea what they are destroying. There is nothing in Europe remotely like this river system.”

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Eight million tons: Researchers calculate the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean

Eight million tons: Researchers calculate the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A plastic grocery bag cartwheels down the beach until a gust of wind spins it into the ocean.

Via SustainOurEarth, jean-luc scherer, massimo facchinetti, Lauren Moss
Gordon McGlone's insight:

The Anthropocene comes plastic wrapped.

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Labour to announce policy on badger cull shaped by Dominic Dyer

Labour to announce policy on badger cull shaped by Dominic Dyer | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The future of the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire under a Labour government will be laid out when the party unveils its manifesto next week, with policies drafted by Badger Trust chief...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Animal welfare, wildlife conservation and a science based badger cull policy will lie at the heart of a new Labour Party policy.  

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Ministers were warned of badger cull risks, documents show

Ministers were warned of badger cull risks, documents show | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Risk registers published after freedom of information battle reveal warnings over strong public opposition and risk of making bovine TB problem worse, not better
Gordon McGlone's insight:

One can only assume that the imagined political gains were deemed adequate by ministers and their boss, David Cameron MP, that it has led them into a badger culling policy that is so deeply flawed practically and scientifically.  

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Minister praises work of Natural Devon

Minister praises work of Natural Devon | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
MEMBERS of Natural Devon (Devon Local Nature Partnership) have met with Defra Minister Lord de Mauley.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

High level DEFRA political access has not been granted to Local Nature Partnerships to the same Degree as Local Enterprise Partnerships have enjoyed from BIS.  Godd work here from Devon LNP.

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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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