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Real impact of neonicotinoid seed dressings stays buried

A temporary European ban on three insect-killing chemicals called neonicotinoids has been in force since December 2013. These neonics are called clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. They’re used as seed dressings and soil treatments, among other things. Just after this ban … Continue reading

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Wild weather and a rubbish response

Yesterday our British Met Office announced an incredibly wet January in parts of Southern England. Before the month was over, ‘the southeast and central southern England region has already had its wettest January in records going back to 1910.’ The … Continue reading

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A new invader to eat rice plants?

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for Britain doesn’t list apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata) as invasive species, but perhaps it should. Apple snails are aquatic. They spread when there’s flooding, when they cling onto larger animals or onto … Continue reading

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More corn grown in U.S. this year than ever before. Thanks, biofuels.

Originally posted on Grist:
Cars and cows are slurping up the largest corn crop ever grown in the U.S. With the fall corn harvest three-quarters done, traders are anticipating a yield of about 14 billion bushels, Bloomberg reports. That exceeds forecasts…

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How UK water companies are polluting Britain’s rivers and beaches

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:
From The Guardian: The most persistent and frequent polluters of England’s rivers and beaches are the nation’s 10 biggest water companies, an Observerinvestigation has revealed. The companies, which are responsible for treating waste water and delivering clean…

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It’s not just pests: Pesticides damage biodiversity

Yesterday Sharon Oosthoek at Nature told us about some new science, showing that pesticides spark broad biodiversity loss. It’s easy to spray pesticides within legal limits. But many pesticides accumulate in soil and water. Many organisms can be affected, going … Continue reading

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Roundup has serious impacts in soil, water, intestinal flora and pregnant women

Originally posted on seeds for natural justice:
Roundup has serious impacts in soil, water and pregnant women Now, the actual safety and environmental effects of Roundup are the subject of some dispute. It gets into waterways and may affect aquatic…

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