Bees and neonicotinoids: rapid action on the environment

Andy Brown

You have to hand it to this government. It is capable of acting with real speed and determination. Not, of course, on every little detail. So, we are still waiting for an effective test, trace and isolate system. And people are still flying into the UK without any method of enforcing quarantine arrangements. And schools are still waiting for the delivery of laptops that will help children to learn from home.

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Bee Together talks starting soon

A series of online talks from experts and enthusiasts celebrating the fascinating world of pollinators and pollination start on January 28. January and February 2021 Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s  Bee Together project aims to bring people together to help reverse the decline of wild bees and other pollinators, through engagement, education and practical conservation work. Join in from the comfort of your living room!

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Biggest ever global online agroecology event underway

As reported to yesterday morning’s Green Café meeting, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) is hosting its biggest ever global online event for agroecological farmers, growers and food producers between 7-13 January in an urgent bid to fix our broken food system. ORFC Global 2021 brings together over four thousand delegates, including leading voices in agroecological, organic and regenerative agriculture. It aims to catalyse radical action in the face of multiple global threats including climate change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, poverty and Covid-19.

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Despite reduced emissions our climate continues to ‘hot up’

Temperature data released by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) shows that the climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming Arctic heat, record wildfires and record a record 29 tropical Atlantic storms. Despite a 7% global fall in carbon of 2.4bn tonnes reduced emissions from fossil fuels to about 34bn tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2020, due to coronavirus lockdowns, heat-trapping carbon dioxide continued to build up in the atmosphere, also setting a new record. The average surface temperature across the planet in 2020 was 1.25C higher than in the pre-industrial period of 1850-1900, dangerously close to the 1.5C target set by the world’s nations

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