Monthly Archives: October 2012

Firms urge Tories to back 2030 carbon target

More than 50 businesses, including household names such as Asda, Sky and PepsiCo, have called on the Government to put in place a 2030 target on decarbonising the power sector.

They argue that such a move – already backed by Labour and the Lib Dems – will stimulate investment and revitalise the UK’s ageing energy infrastructure.

Firms call on Tories to back 2030 carbon target for power sector | Environment | The Guardian.

Successful British badger vaccination

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This video from Britain is called Project to Vaccinate Badger – One Show 22 Aug 2011.

From Wildlife Extra:

Successful start to badger vaccination in Cheshire

12 badgers vaccinated

October 2012. Cheshire Wildlife Trust has described its first badger bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination deployment as ‘extremely successful’ after a two-day programme was undertaken at its Bickley Hall Farm headquarters.

A total of 19 badgers were captured in ‘live traps’ across two separate dawn sessions, with 12 badgers vaccinated with the BCG vaccine and the remaining 7 badgers recorded as ‘re-captures’ on the second morning.

The five-year vaccination strategy taken on by the charity will initially focus on Trust-managed sites and will expand to other private land in the area over the next four years.

Speaking after the final badger had been released, Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Richard Gardner said: “We’re delighted with the result over the last 48 hours, most…

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Shell loses suit against Greenpeace

Amsterdam District Court has rejected a bid by Royal Dutch Shell to ban Greenpeace International from holding protests on or near its property.

“Future Greenpeace actions against Shell cannot be banned in advance provided that they remain in a certain framework,” the court ruling said in response to Shell’s suit. “The judge took as starting point that organisations, such as Greenpeace, are in principle free to carry out actions to let the public know about their point of view,” it added.

The court did, however, hand Greenpeace a set of protest guidelines, including the requirement that the group will not be able to occupy gas stations for more than an hour at a time.

Shell had sought a ban on any Greenpeace protests in the Netherlands within 500 metres (yards) of its operations, including petrol stations or offices, after the group organised several protests against the oil company’s drilling in the Arctic.

Shell loses suit against Greenpeace – Business – CBC News.

Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls

Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls – Telegraph.

MPs launch enquiry into bees and pesticides

There was good news for the Bee Cause campaign this week. A powerful group of MPs is to investigate the impact of pesticides on bees. The move follows mounting evidence about the harmful effect of neonicotinoids, including a recent report by Friends of the Earth.

The  Environmental Audit Committee will quiz Ministers about why the UK has failed to join other European countries, such as France and Italy,  in suspending use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The influential committee will also look at the effect of pesticides on human health and address broader issues, such as whether the Government should encourage alternatives to pesticides.

You can support the Bee Cause campaign by signing an online petition, which calls on David Cameron  to introduce a National Bee Action Plan, including the suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest | Metro.co.uk.