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Scientists issue second Warning to Humanity

Following on from the 1992 Warning to Humanity issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists and 1700 independant scientists , concerned with the consequences of environmental destruction  , a second warning has just been published in BioScience  –

The original warning was largely disregarded by politicians and businesses at the time – with the global situation now even more desperate, the new warning is a call to action from over 15000 scientists from 184 countries.

 

RSA launches food and farming inquiry on the impact of BREXIT

With the UK relying heavily on imported food from the EU,  RSA  gets in on the act and launches its own food and farming inquiry into  the potential impacts of BREXIT – the Guardian reports

The UK’s food insecurity is nothing new with its large and increasing urban population. Historically relying on imports from its global empire  – and  imperiled  by the U-boat threats in both WW1 & 2 – it now relies on ‘just in time’ deliveries  from Europe  for much of its fresh produce, sourced from industrial scale growers for example  those in Spain, Holland and Italy. With near total reliance on road transport distribution ,  any disruption to the large fleet of  heavy goods vehicles and ships plying their trade across the English Channel  will have rapid and possibly dire consequences, whilst those farmers in the UK still growing are already having problems with their largely EU  sourced labour.

German Research documents collapse in insect life

The  decline in bees has been widely reported, but the results of a  detailed, 27 year study of flying insects in Germany have now been published, and they show that there has been  more than a 76%  decline over this period –  click here for details 

This is potentially catestrophic – as insects are a vitally important part of our ecosystem -from pollination to a food source for many other species . Even more of a concern, the data recorded was from protected areas where  one would expect that species  would perhaps be spared many of the problems associated with other areas – however, the study proves this is not the case and all flying insect life has been affected, across all habitats.

The reasons for the decline are as yet unresolved, but it is  likely due to a combination of factors including habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use.

California Vehicle emissions ruling sets up clash with Trump Administration & EPA

In a landmark ruling, legislators in California have upheld requirements for vehicles sold in the state to meet the stricter emissions regulations proposed under the Obama  administration.  Those regulations, which were set to impose stricter requirements for carbon emissions, fuel economy and to  boost increased sales of zero emissions vehicles were put on hold by the new Trump administration following lobbying by leading automakers who were keen to avoid having to meet the stricter emissions targets – Automotive News reports click here for details

UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts.

A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions”.

see more click here for the rest of the article in The Guardian