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Farming minister insists badger cull is needed

Farming minister insists badger cull is needed | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
NEW figures have shown that nearly 2,000 cattle were slaughtered in Gloucestershire last year as a result of bovine TB.Ministers have said the statistics showed the growing impact of the disease on...
Gordon McGlone's insight:

A need for action should not be equated with a need to cull badgers. The badger cull is becoming a distraction from the full 'tool box' that must be applied vigorously if the disease is to be controlled.  Top amongst these and the measure that is most unpopular with farmers is the reduction in cattle movements.  The insensitivity of the bovine TB skin test means that a proportion of animals from herds that are currently considered clear of bTB but that have had a pattern of breakdowns could be infected with the disease.


The most optimisitc reading of the RBCT and ISG work showed that culling badgers MIGHT (if carried out to a standard that is practically almost impossible to achieve) reduce bTB by 12% to 16%.


A badger cull does not address the missing 84% of the problem.


Action is necessary; the badger cull is the wrong sort of action.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:21 AM

A need for action should not be equated with a need to cull badgers. The badger cull is becoming a distraction from the full 'tool box' that must be applied vigorously if the disease is to be controlled.  Top amongst these and the measure that is most unpopular with farmers is the reduction in cattle movements.  The insensitivity of the bovine TB skin test means that a proportion of animals from herds that are currently considered clear of bTB but that have had a pattern of breakdowns could be infected with the disease.


The most optimistic reading of the RBCT and ISG work showed that culling badgers MIGHT (if carried out to a standard that is practically almost impossible to achieve) reduce bTB by 12% to 16%.


A badger cull does not address the missing 84% of the problem.


Action is necessary; the badger cull is the wrong sort of action.

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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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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, 8:17 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
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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, 6:21 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, 6:34 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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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.

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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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Liz Truss enters cabinet as David Cameron targets gender imbalance

Liz Truss enters cabinet as David Cameron targets gender imbalance | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
South-West Norfolk MP to become environment secretary as several women to take up ministerial posts in reshuffle
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Liz Truss MP Secretary of State for the Environment or Conservative vote winner?


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Truss

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Help build a playground for the children of the Galapagos Islands

Help build a playground for the children of the Galapagos Islands | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Jacinto Gordillo elementary currently does not have a playground for its students. Donate to build a playground, a principal social center, for these kids.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Nature Conservation only works with the buy in of local people who understand that a,rich local wildlife is good for them, their families and their future.


"As a small, passionate team, all of us at IOI, are completely committed to supporting conservation through education in the local community. Help us ensure that students here have a playground that will support their educational development."

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Beaver Baiters | George Monbiot

Beaver Baiters | George Monbiot | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

The government’s decision to capture England’s only free-living population is unjustified and irrational.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

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In this case the group lobbying hardest for their removal is, incomprehensibly, the Angling Trust.

In fact the government’s statement seems to be a summary of the trust’s statement. Here, to remind you, is what the government says:

“beavers have not been an established part of our wildlife for the last 500 years. Our landscape and habitats have changed since then and we need to assess the impact they could have.”

Here’s what the trust said:

“Although beavers were native to some parts of the British Isles more than 500 years ago, our rivers have changed dramatically in the past five centuries”

When government departments uncritically repeat the claims of lobbyists, you know we’re in trouble.

I find the trust’s position astonishing. Throughout the period in which beavers last lived in Britain, almost all our rivers swarmed with vast runs of migratory fish such as salmon, sea trout, lampreys and shad. Giant sturgeon swam from the sea into the heart of Britain. Huge burbot lurked on the river beds. Today, burbot and sturgeon are extinct here and the populations of many other species, especially the migratory fish, have been greatly reduced.

Studies show that in both Sweden and Poland, the trout in beaver ponds are on average larger than those in the other parts of the streams: the ponds provide them with habitats and shelter they cannot find elsewhere. Young salmon grow faster and are in better condition where beavers make their dams than in other stretches.

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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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A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot

A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

As soon as an animal becomes extinct, a new bill proposses, it will be classified as “non-native”.

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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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Government: take five simple steps to help bees

Government: take five simple steps to help bees | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Environment Department urges people to help protect the struggling British bee population
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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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Home Page :: Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014

Home Page :: Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The Sustainability Leaders Awards The Sustainability Leaders Awards celebrate true leadership and innovation among companies and organisations, large and small, who are making genuine progress in embedding sustainability throughout their operations.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

It looks as good as any other top line Awards 2014 event.  It is designed for Sustainability Leaders.  So where is the Biodiversity category?


The 'Environment' is a fine concept which includes the carbon based life processes (ie nature) that we take rather take for granted.


Come on Sustainable Business, show that you really understand our living planet by including a category that focusses directly on the Living World and does not look on it as a sub set of a money making operational category.

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Indonesia Tops Brazil in Rainforest Destruction and It's All Our Fault

Indonesia Tops Brazil in Rainforest Destruction and It's All Our Fault | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Demand is soaring for palm oil, an ingredient found in half the products sold at the local supermarket.

Via Kathy Dowsett
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Don't blame others for environmental degradation dear fellow consumer, it's us and our buying habits that are driving an accelerating rate of extinction.

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