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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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Biodiversity offsetting plans outlined by the government must be strengthened if they are to "properly protect Britain's wildlife", MPs have warned.
'A Simplistic box-ticking exercise' is not a great endorsement of a ministerial policy - but it is an accurate put-down of the government's development led biodiversity offestting proposals. We need to value nature not put it up for grabs in an environmental poundland.
||Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chairwoman Joan Walley MP said many witnesses that gave evidence to the EAC's inquiry had voiced concerns that key habitats - such as ancient woodlands and Sites of Special Scientific Interest - would be included in the government's offsetting plans.||
By Manuel Mogato TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on...
||A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.
The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam.||
A prominent television presenter has been censured by the BBC for branding those carrying out the badger cull “as brutalist, thugs, liars and frauds” on Twitter, the social media website.
Chris Packham is a brave man; he places his professional BBC career on the line whenever he speaks publicly against the cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
It is a travesty of the BBC Reithian tradition when free speech is trampled on so clumsily by BBC management. It is doubly frustrating that an MP should be allowed to speak publicly against the badger cull yet also be free to bleat about a journalist expressing his own personal opinions publicly.
The Badger cull is an Omnishambles based on double standards.
A tale of double standards.
Chris Packham is accused of breaching BBC guidelines in expressing an opinion about the badger cull and its proponents. How 'ironic 'then that the chief complainant is Simon Hart MP whose views on the cull are certainly not balanced. Yet Mr Hart, previously CEO of the pro badger cull Countryside Alliance, is also a public servant paid directly from the exchequer purse.
The badger cull is indeed a place of double standards. Those brave enough to stick their head above the parapet have the reputational scars to prove it.
It hurts, I know, I've been there.
The Prince of Wales told the Islamic Economic Forum that big businesses need to take more responsibilty for the natural world as it is not a limitless resource
It is time for the business world to accept fully the one planet principle; we have this earth, its geological resources and our fragile biosphere - that's it. The Prince of Wales is spot on when he calls for the business world to become main players in planetary stewardship.
||"The time then has surely come for our financial institutions to recognise that the Earth is not a limitless resource that can be plundered at will, and to integrate that principle of stewardship into our financial structures."||
Come on business world; face up to the big challenge of continuing economic health on a finite planet. So far you have not even begun to glimmer with bright ideas let alone deliver sustainable economic growth,
A new study offers an explanation for the extraordinary run of wet summers experienced by Britain and northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012. The study found that loss of Arctic sea ice shifts the jet stream further south than normal resulting in increased rain during the summer in northwest Europe.
||Dr Screen said: “The results of the computer model suggest that melting Arctic sea ice causes a change in the position of the jet stream and this could help to explain the recent wet summers we have seen.
“The study suggests that loss of sea ice not only has an effect on the environment and wildlife of the Arctic region but has far reaching consequences for people living in Europe and beyond.”||
A Westcountry MP and former farmer has criticised Nick Clegg for downgrading the role of farming in the Government, labelling the move a "snub" for the industry. Neil Parish, Conservative...
||Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, is dismayed the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader made the decision to remove the rank of "Minister of State" from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).The Deputy Prime Minister's involvement emerged during an Efra Select Committee hearing this week. Questioned by Mr Parish during the session, Bronwyn Hill, Permanent Secretary at Defra, explained the decision was due to a change of priorities in Government.
She said: "My understanding is, because the position of Minister of State was occupied by a Liberal Democrat, David Heath, it was for the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, to decide whether he wanted to retain that post or to use it in another part of Government."||
FROME MP David Heath has announced he will stand down at the next election after 18 years in office. The news comes following his departure from the cabinet role of Defra minister. Speaking at a...
The end of the political road for the minister caught up badger cull omnishambles.
Cornwall Tory MP and former Ukip candidate George Eustice has been appointed as farm minister.
||Mr Eustice, 42, has been Conservative MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle since May 2010 and is a member of the Environment and Rural Affairs Select Committee.||
THE removal of Ministerial rank from the Defra farming role following the surprise sacking of Farming Minister David Heath has been condemned by his predecessor Sir Jim Paice.
Is DEFRA below the salt in Court of Cameron?
The sackings of Heath and Benyon in the shake up at DEFRA is all part of the strange hurly burly that makes up the ruthless world of high level politics. However the removal of a full ministerial rank from the DEFRA team is a much more worrying development. Is this a demotion of our Department for Environment Food and Farming to the second division or another sign of Paterson’s huge controlling ambition? If it is all part of the Paterson plan for Green Hegemony the future for the rural community and our natural heritage looks even more fragile than ever.
James Paice MP, himself dumped out of the DEFRA team to make way for Heath, is worried that this is a dangerous demotion of DEFRA.
||Sir Jim Paice, said the move raised questions about the Government’s commitment to food and farming.
“I am personally sorry for David Heath, who was putting his all into the job. But I think the removal of Minster status from the post is extremely concerning. It’s a great shame the Agriculture Minister is not a Minister of State.||
I did not agree with Paice over his line on the need to cull badgers in the control of bovine TB but I do agree with him that DEFRA needs to have top rank status. If DEFRA is seen by Number 10 as a minor Department this move may be another sign of the PM and Chancellor’s growing drive to make cash from any resource without reference to the true value of a secure food chain, protected natural capital and respected Ecosystem Services.
On 28 November the National Outdoors for All Working Group - an alliance of public and voluntary organisations – is hosting a major conference in Lond...
Natural Engalnd does good stuff too; such a pity that the badger cull pilots fiasco has so damaged the image and credibility of England's premier nature conservation government agency.
UN negotiations in Warsaw must deliver emergency climate pathway as new storm brews in the Pacific, says government
Fiddling whilst carbon burns
Will the disaster that has crippled the Phillipines be a wake up call to the self satisfied governments of industrialised countries? New York's superstorm Sandy set the scene. Now Haiyan has gives an insight into huge potential impacts of the climatic time bomb that is ticking relentlessly whilst carbon burns.
Venomous creepy-crawlies were found stowed in a large consignment of components which had travelled to Flintshire from the USA
Clearly arachnids know how to spend long periods between flights.
GrrlScientist: A beautifully illustrated Native American flood myth with several important and timely messages that will be enjoyed by new readers around the world.
||Strictly speaking, this is not a children's science book. However, it conveys several important messages: first, the value of listening to what the environment is telling us and the inherent value to be found in protecting the natural world. In view of global warming and increasing pressures upon natural spaces from snowballing human populations, this message is more important than ever. Second, this myth is a story of profound optimism in the face of adversity, chronicling "progress from a lower world to a higher one" where "there is light, and the possibility for greater and more abundant life." (p. 38.)||
Disclaimer: This review is based on an uncorrected advanced PDF e-galley released through NetGalley and read using bluefire reader. GrrlScientist has no known connection to the book's author or illustrator. No compensation in any form was received by either GrrlScientist or the Guardian for this review. All images appear here by courtesy of the publisher.
We handle a false widow to prove the spider does not warrant panic
A few weeks ago my daughter was bitten by a spider that had decided to share her flat with her. A trip to A&E the next day resulted in some muddled advice (the nurse had no working knowledge of UK spider bites). No serious damage was done to her (swollen arm, fast pulse etc) or the spider (she evicted it carefully from her bedroom).
I have concluded from the photographs she took of her capturive assailant that she had encountered a grumpy False Widow Spider in her bed. Hats of to my daughter for not killing a creature that was behaving in a way that came naturally.
We live in a complex natural world which we treat with little respect. Spider bites are not very uncommon and are not very dangerous. Tony Rowley shows a good insight into the ways of the False Widow spider:-
||“People have all these strange injuries but often they don’t have the culprit,” says Mr Bee. “Even if it is the spider, the problem is more likely to be an infection getting into the wound rather than the spider venom.”
Anyone who finds them indoors, says Mr Bee, should trap them using a cup and paper and release them into the garden. They cannot be eradicated entirely, and will return even after a house has been fumigated.
“If you leave them alone,” he adds, putting the tube back in his pocket, “there is no reason at all why they should attack you.”||
He has already incurred the wrath of badger lovers, environmentalists and opponents of GM foods. However, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, discovered that he has a new enemy – Morris dancers.
Even Owen Paterson MP could not have foreseen that he would unleashe the wrath of of the nation's Morris Dancers.
||His comments have angered the Treacle Eater Clog troupe of Morris dancers who have now demanded an apology from the Cabinet Minister for making “derogatory” comments about their hobby.||
To call Owen Paterson 'Ham fisted' would be unkind to our porcine pals, but he does have a rare highly developed talent for making a mess of minsterial pronouncements.
||“We feel that Morris dancing is an important part of our British heritage and that this term sheds a negative light on an activity which is enjoyed by a large number of people, causes no environmental damage and is often in support of charitable causes.
“Please would you find another term to promote your better use of UK Government/EU subsidy? An apology for what may at best have been a clumsy choice of words would seem appropriate.”||
Curious. Owen is a tanner and Morris Dancers developed from limeyard and tanyard workers with their fleshing knives.....
Now this is good news. Now, if they'd just stop eating Whale meat !
Lib Dem MP to take over resource management brief from Lord de Mauley, and will also be responsible for climate adaptation and flooding
The minsiter for alliteration:- Waste, water, woodlands and wind farm impacts on house proces
PETER Kendall has confirmed his intention to step down as NFU leader in February, after eight years as president of the UK’s biggest farming union.
Both likely candidates for the NFU Presidency, Meurig Raymond and Adam Quinney, are committed to food and farming. Both are fervent supporters of the badger cull.
||The announcement formally opens the race to become the next leader of the NFU, with Mr Kendall’s deputy of the past eight years, Meurig Raymond, likely to start as the front-runner, with vice president Adam Quinney another possible contender.||
HUW-Irranca-Davies is the only survivor in a shake-up of Labour’s Shadow Defra team that has seen Merseyside MP Maria Eagle replace Mary Creagh as Shadow Defra Secretary.
My experience of the new shadow Defra team gives me confidence that there will be well honed arguments for sound environmental policies put with vigour by labour's new line up.
||The Ogmore MP is joined in the Shadow Defra team by fellow former Defra Ministers Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North and Jim Knight, who now sits in the House of Lords, as well as Dunfermline MP Thomas Docherty||