Weekly Roundup 02/02/15


Welcome to the first roundup of February. There have been some big breaking stories in the last week, so it’s only right that we bring you our nice condensed versions to snuggle up to on this cold Monday evening. This weeks featured picture is very apt for the weather Britain and America are currently feeling and was taken by Hoppy-wood https://twitter.com/Hoppy_wood

Blocked EU Report Prevented Ban on Pesticides Worth Billions

The Guardian has reported that 31 pesticides with a value of billions of pounds, could have been banned if a blocked EU report on hormone-mimicking chemicals had been acted upon. The hormone-mimicking chemicals looked at in the paper have been linked to foetal abnormalities, infertility and cancer, despite these chemicals being widely used in toiletries and cosmetics, hence it is claimed the large chemical companies responsible for them have placed pressure upon the commission to bury the report.

Under current EU policy, the potency of the chemicals in question would be measured, whereby low-potency chemicals are deemed safe. This is regardless of claims that potency is not a suitable measurement of the potential impact of chemicals unless that information is combined with exposure information.

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The End of The Beaver Saga?

Last week Natural England came to a decision regarded the beavers which were found living on the River Otter last year. Believed to have escaped from captivity, the beavers became controversial new residents of the River as DEFRA claimed that they may have to be removed due to disease risks. However Natural England decided to issue a licence for the beavers reintroduction to the wild, which will allow the first breeding pair of beavers in England for hundreds of years to remain in their new home. It is hoped that if this population of beavers is successful, it may pave the way for more reintroductions of the species in future.

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Marine Conservation Disappointment

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has expressed its disappointment at the governments decision to only put through 23 out of 37 sites to the consultation round before being designated as marine conservation zones. This round of conservation zone designation was designed to plug vital gaps which are currently missing in protected areas and connect areas together in a network of conservation areas. The MCS claims that scientific advice has been ignored leading to vital conservation areas being ignored.

To take part in the consultations follow this link: http://www.mcsuk.org/mpa/

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