Tubercullosis

“Scientists have found a clear correlation between more intensive farming systems and cattle falling ill with TB. … Farms with herds of 150 cattle or more are 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak of TB than herds with fewer than 50 animals. … The researchers also find a clear correlation between the use of maize for silage cattle feed and the incidence of TB.” (http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/8547/intensive-farming-link-with-bovine-tb)

This news will only exacerbate government’s cognitive dissonance regarding badgers. It will be filed under ‘more evidence that badgers, through herding cattle into small barns and feeding them maize, are infecting them with bTB.’

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Ecoliteracy

“The UK has been running up a massive environmental deficit over recent decades and which future generations will have to pay off. These cuts are a false economy and will undermine and jeopardise the future growth and development of the economy. … We are now faced with the extremely worrying prospect that Government no longer has the ecological literacy or functionality that society needs if we are to build a genuinely sustainable future.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/409659-rspb-and-the-wildlife-trusts-criticise-decision-to-cut-funding-for-environment-by-up-to-40)

UK government seems to have succumbed to the loan shark mentality: combine all your debts into one easy, overwhelmingly impossible repayment.

Legisploitation

“The Law Commission’s report and draft bill on the UK’s wildlife legislation … is flawed, because priority is given to wildlife exploitation – not protection. … The right to exploit animals for profit or leisure – that is, activities like game shooting – is considered inviolable.” (http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/news-stories/2015/nov/response-to-law-commission-wildlife-legislation-report)

Could there be an intersection in the Venn diagram of lawyers and game shooters?

Nuclear Confission

“A right-wing British government has invited companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party – and in one case, the Chinese military – into the heart of the UK’s strategically vital energy infrastructure.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986180/uks_nuclear_deal_with_china_is_a_boon_for_bankers_and_no_one_else.html)

Less Eco, more £.co

Failure Five

“The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) failed to reach consensus, for the fifth time, to adopt large scale Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7713)

Would Consensus be easier to reach if it was a research base actually in Antarctica?

Poached Pegs

“Using newly developed powders, fingerprint experts were able to lift some useable prints up to 28 days after they were deposited on rhino ivory, hippo teeth and sperm whale teeth.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/11/new-fingerprint-techniques-could-foil-whale-tooth-poaching)

Dentists beware.

Expressed not Impressed

“Researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE [Genetically Engineered] soybeans. Roundup Ready soybeans are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup and are sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto. … The colostrum [milk] from the GE-fed mothers contained only 2/3 of the fat, 1/3 of the protein and close to half of the IgG [antibodies] of the mothers fed the non-GM soy.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2986006/gmo_soy_produces_altered_milk_and_stunted_kids.html)

Monsanto must be proud: congratulations! It’s another runt.

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