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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.

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.

Huge support for badger petition

I was delighted to read that over 100,000 people have signed a petition against the badger cull, which means the issue could now be debated in Parliament.

The e-petition was launched last week by the Queen guitarist, Brian May, as part of the Team Badger campaign, after the first licence to kill the protected wild animal was issued for a pilot cull in Gloucestershire.

There is widespread anger over the Government’s decision to push ahead with the cull, which campaigners say will be of little use in reducing bovine TB, and could even make it worse in some areas.

Supporters of the cull claim the move is necessary in order to tackle TB in cattle because badgers spread the disease to livestock. But Team Badger is angry that over 70% of the badger population will be killed in large areas of the country and  is calling on the Government to implement a vaccination programme, along with improved testing.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is leading the way. They have started vaccinating badgers against TB and hope their  five-year scheme will show that vaccination is a more effective and humane way of controlling bovine TB.