Bee-killing pesticide approved for emergency use in the UK

January 12, 2021 by  
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The U.K. government is reversing a ban on a dangerous pesticide. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar lobbied hard to get a product containing neonicotinoid thiamethoxam sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beets. Not only is this chemical thought to kill bees, but rainwater will wash it from fields into rivers. Last we heard, fish weren’t requesting neonicotinoid thiamethoxam any more than were insects, many of which already face serious declines. Matt Shardlow, chief executive of the conservation group Buglife, was one of many environmentalists unhappy with the decision. “In addition, no action is proposed to prevent the pollution of rivers with insecticides applied to sugar beet,” Shardlow said . “Nothing has changed scientifically since the decision to ban neonics from use on sugar beet in 2018. They are still going to harm the environment .” Related: Flea treatments are poisoning England’s rivers Beet yellows virus is carried by aphids and has a ruinous effect on sugar beet crops. The U.K. has tracked this disease with national surveys since 1946, charting the effects of chemicals, farm hygiene and other factors on the changes and developments in virus yellows disease. Treating sugar beet seeds with neonicotinoid thiamethoxam is one approach used to control this disease . “Virus yellows disease is having an unprecedented impact on Britain’s sugar beet crop, with some growers experiencing yield losses of up to 80%, and this authorization is desperately needed to fight this disease,” said Michael Sly, chairman of the NFU sugar board. “It will be crucial in ensuring that Britain’s sugar beet growers continue to have viable farm businesses.” He emphasized that pesticides would be used in a limited and controlled way. In 2018, the EU decided to protect bees by banning outdoor uses of thiamethoxam. But now 11 countries, including Spain, Denmark and Belgium, have signed emergency authorizations to use this controversial chemical. Via The Guardian and Pest Management Science Image via Kurt Bouda

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German court rules mass killing of male chicks legal

June 14, 2019 by  
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This month, the Federal Administrative Court in Germany ruled to uphold the common practice of killing male chicks, which are widely considered inefficient for meat production. The ruling is meant to be temporary, until an alternative and scalable solution is available, despite outcry by animal rights advocates. The hearing is in response to a ban of the practice from 2013 within a state in Germany. Following the ban, two major hatcheries challenged the decision, claiming that the practice was necessary for food production. On Thursday, the courts ruled that the practice was indeed legal– at least temporarily– and does not contradict the country’s Animal Welfare Act. Germany’s Minister for Agriculture, however, stated that the practice is ethically unacceptable. Related:Free at last: Canada passes Act to prohibit dolphin and whale captivity Male chicks are mass slaughtered throughout the world. They do not grow as fast as hens, and therefore are considered inefficient for meat production. The meat industry will be worth worth about US $7 trillion by 2025, and estimates show that about 84 percent of consumers had chicken in the last two weeks. Despite some reports that alternative meat demands are rising, meat industry statistics show growing demand for animal products, especially in wealthy nations. For every hen consumed, an equal number of male chicks has been slaughtered. The most common ways for slaughtering newborn chicks include gassing and high-speed grinders. In Germany alone, 45 million male chicks are slaughtered annually. One German company already has an alternative on the market– an egg they claim can be tested for sex before it hatches. The company can determine the sex of the egg just seven days after fertilization by extracting fluid from the egg and testing it for hormones. The company is selling their eggs in 200 German markets and hopes to take off as a solution to this animal welfare concern. Via The BBC Image via onefox

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Where it makes sense for fleets to go electric

May 2, 2018 by  
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For fleet managers, the decision to buy electric trucks and vans to move goods can be a complicated one.

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Where it makes sense for fleets to go electric

May 2, 2018 by  
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Why advanced energy is winning, despite federal odds (and oddities)

July 3, 2017 by  
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In a twist on the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, might observers have cared more about losing it than they did about signing it?

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US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill

November 29, 2012 by  
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In the wake of the most recent $4.5 billion settlement and criminal charges , BP has now been suspended from all new government contracts within the United States. Citing a “lack of business integrity,” the Environmental Protection Agency handed down the decision this Wednesday. While the decision doesn’t impact current holdings by the company, BP will not be permitted to bid on new contracts until it can adequately prove that it has changed its practices to align with federal standards. Read the rest of US Bans BP From New Government Contracts After Gulf Coast Oil Spill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , congress , deepwater horizon , environmental protection agency , epa , federal court , gulf of mexico , justice department , oil drilling , suspension , united states

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Campbell’s to stop using BPA in soup cans

March 7, 2012 by  
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The world's largest soupmaker says it will eventually stop using BPA — a controversial chemical — to line its cans. Advocates call the decision a big step for the canned-foods industry.

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Special Investigation Opened into Keystone XL – Decision Likely to be Delayed

November 8, 2011 by  
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The Inspector General of the U.S. State Department has opened an investigation into the handling of the permitting process for the tar sands pipeline. Commentators speculate that this could delay the decision until after 2012.

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The Shipping Container News: Lawsuits Threatened over Pop-Up Shopping Mall in Christchurch

November 8, 2011 by  
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Can the use of shipping containers to design a mall be considered intellectual property?

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Dr. Rajendra Pachauri on Pricing Carbon, the Himalaya Glacier Error, and GOP Climate Denial (Video Interview)

November 8, 2011 by  
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I sit down with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC. He explained why we still need to price carbon, how we can overcome GOP climate denial, and clears the air on the Himalaya glacier controversy.

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