Closing the Net

“Pollution in the womb is now linked to low birth weight, disruption of the baby’s lung and brain development, and a series of debilitating and fatal diseases in later life. …
Three times as many deaths are caused by pollution as by Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/24/end-civilisation-take-different-path

Fortunately pollution does not yet directly affect political decision-makers.

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Poached Salmon

“Some 95,400 fish were killed by a new device called a thermolicer … The ‘sudden temperature change’ caused by the thermolicer killed 95 per cent of the lice but also caused ‘significant mortalities’ amongst the salmon. … Another 20,000 salmon were killed at Loch Greshornish fish farm by other attempts to rid them of sea lice using chemicals. … 60,000 salmon had been killed by hydrogen peroxide used to treat them for amoebic gill disease.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14846303.Oops__fish_farm_firm_kills_175_000_of_its_salmon_by_accident/)

‘Overkill’.

Dis-bees

“The movement of bees and related equipment into, or out of, the affected apiary are under specific controls supervised by Scottish Government Bee Inspectors and include enhanced biosecurity measures and increased vigilance in the area.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Bee-disease-confirmed-1b36.aspx)

Scottish Government Bee Inspectors are working closely with their Irish counterparts, the Hibernian Government Bee Inspectors, AKA the Hibey G Bees.

Lucratox

“The dumps and waste burn-offs, blamed for abnormal levels of cancers and other diseases among local residents, have been a lucrative source of income for the Naples mafia, known as the Camorra.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/us-italy-environment-idUKKBN0IQ14920141106)

Where there’s muck…

Pest

“Crop pests have been moving towards the poles at 2.7 kilometres per year, which is very close to the rate of climate change.” (http://www.nature.com/news/crop-pests-advancing-with-global-warming-1.13644)

Keep your eyes peeled: you could see a front of fungi, beetles, true bugs, mites, butterflies, oomycetes, moths, viruses and nematode worms frothing by.

Bonkers

“There is a fear that if the [leaf miner] insect damages the foliage and weakens the [horse chestnut] tree sufficiently, it may reduce the trees’ resistance to disease, therefore they could suffer more from the bleeding canker disease.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23490686)

Keep your hands off my bleeding conkers (Exhibitionism).