No to the use of pesticides!

Melanie Fryer

Currently many NGO’s, conservation bodies, agro-ecological farmers and individuals are responding to Defra’s consultation, ‘The Revised National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (Plant Protection Products)’ at: So why is this important and why should we not be using pesticides anyway?

Lobbying from agrochemical companies is likely already in full swing, trying to water-down what is currently in the draft plan, to protect their profits (Soil Association).

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Whitehaven coalmine project under review

Barry White

The recent decision by Cumbria County Council to reconsider the proposed coalmine in the county has been welcomed by environmental campaigners, who have strongly opposed the mine. Last October the council granted planning permission for West Cumbria Mining to press ahead with plans for the UK’s first new deep coalmine in three decades, at Woodhouse Colliery, near Whitehaven. Much to the disappointment of campaigners, last month the communities and local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, decided not to “call in” the mine for the government to review the decision.

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The World in peril as nature is pushed to its limits

A fundamental change in how we think about and approach economics is needed if we are to reverse biodiversity loss and protect and enhance our prosperity, according to an independent, global review on the Economics of Biodiversity which was virtually launched by the Royal Society on 2 February. Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review presents the first comprehensive economic framework of its kind for biodiversity. It calls for urgent and transformative change in how we think, act and measure economic success to protect and enhance our prosperity and the natural world.

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Anger as the environment bill is delayed again

For the third time the government has delayed the long-awaited environment bill, which aims to replace rules following departure from the EU. The proposed legislation represents the biggest shake-up of green regulation in decades and the delay has provoked anger from environmental and climate change campaigners who said it would harm action on air pollution and water quality, as well as other key issues. The government announcement was made to the House of Commons on Tuesday which held time limited debates on the bill.

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