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UK & bee-killing pesticides

My assessment of the current state of UK bees follows MPs call for precautionary ban on pesticides linked to bee decline Pressure on the government to impose a “precautionary moratorium” on three controversial pesticides linked to the decline of bee … Continue reading

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UK politics news review

Labour Party leader made a well-received speech at their conference at Manchester yesterday. “They think they are born to rule.” … “Have you ever seen a more incompetent, hopeless, out of touch, U-turning, pledge-breaking, make-it-up-as-you-go-along, back-of-the-envelope, miserable shower?” Miliband is … Continue reading

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UK politics news review

Nick Clegg apologises for tuition fees pledge “There’s no easy way to say this: we made a pledge, we didn’t stick to it and for that I am sorry. . . When we’re wrong, we hold our hands up. But … Continue reading

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UK politics news review

Cable on collision course with Tory ministers Vince Cable put himself on a collision course with his new ministerial colleague yesterday as he firmly ruled out Tory calls to make it easier for employers to sack staff and defended Liberal … Continue reading

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Pesticides kill bees

Neonicotinoid pesticides are shown to poison bees. While this study was concerned with bumblebees it is likely that the findings are also relevant to honeybees and similar insects. The point about pesticides is that they are poisons. Neonicotinoid pesticides are … Continue reading

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NHS news review & other news

Conservative election poster 2010 A few recent news articles about the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat (Conservative) coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service. Hundreds of GPs issue a rebuttal to a letter that appeared … Continue reading

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Sub-lethal effects of pesticides on honeybees

I am uncertain about the claim to be the first research “to demonstrate the sub-lethal effects of pesticide residue exposure on honey bees” – I believe that there may be a growing body of research that demonstrates this. Research expands … Continue reading

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More on bees and Neonicotinoid pesticides

The Independent has a further article on bees and Neonicatinoid pesticides. I’ve looked for those “two independent studies carried out in the past two years” showing that “bees treated with imidacloprid … are far more susceptible to disease, even at … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids and dying bees

  The Independent has an article today about concern that Neonicatinoid pesticides are damaging the bee population. It says that Prof. Robert Watson, chief scientific advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has initiated an inquiry. Growing … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Bees facing a poisoned spring New kind of pesticide, widely used in UK, may be helping to kill off the world’s honeybees By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to … Continue reading

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BBKA pesticide endorsement

A couple of articles in today’s Independent discuss the British Beekeepers Association’s shameless endorsement of bee-killing pesticides. It’s due to be debated this weekend at their conference at Stoneleigh. Beekeepers fume at association’s endorsement of fatal insecticides Britain’s beekeepers are … Continue reading

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