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THE EUROPEAN Commission is not known for its ability to unite public opinion and sure enough it was at its divisive best in November with the decision to scrap its most senior scientific position, that of chief scientific adviser (CSA).                           The last…
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The Political Print

IT'S ALWAYS easier to promise when you’re in opposition: just ask Nick Clegg, or for that matter David Cameron.                       The latter used his four minutes at the UN climate summit in New York in September to assert that he had kept the promise to…
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Footprint Forum Report: City living is under threat

CLIMATE CHANGE poses a real risk to the world's growing urban populations, according to experts gathered at Footprint Forum.                     The sight recently of athletes running the Beijing marathon wearing gasmasks in an attempt to protect themselves from hazardous smog is a startling reminder of the effects…
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‘Scrap Climate Act’ says former Environment Secretary

IN A SPEECH to the Global Warming Policy Foundation the former Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, claimed that the government’s green polices were ‘fatally flawed’ and that scrapping the Climate Change Act could be the answer to ‘keeping the lights on’.                         Paterson delivered his…
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GM free-for-all

CHANGES TO European laws and a labelling battle in the US have brought GM back in the spotlight. But will freedom to choose boost organic sales?                 There's rarely a dull moment in the debate on genetic modification Farmers Guardian, (GM). But this month has been a rollercoaster.…
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Cameron reshuffles Conservative cabinet

DAVID CAMERON has announced his biggest reshuffle in the conservative office which sees Elizabeth Truss take over as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from Owen Patterson.                     The prime minister has made way for a more female and state-educated top team as…
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Cameron urged to give Paterson the boot

HUNDREDS OF wellington boots have been dumped on the steps of the Department of the Environment this morning by Friends of the Earth, which is calling on the Prime Minister to “Give Owen Paterson the boot" because of his failure to take climate change seriously.                   The…
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The political print

IT’S BEEN four years since the coalition promised to become the “greenest government ever”.                      Hindsight is a wonderful thing and a lot has changed. It has gone from that statement of intent to reports of wanting to “cut the green crap” (cue tax breaks for polluting…
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The political print

ONE OF THE great challenges in formulating a national food strategy is to marry economic realities with environmental and social aspirations.                             So three cheers for Wales, whose recently published “Action Plan for the Food and Drinks Industry 2014-2020” sets out a…
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NFU backs Great British Beef Week

IN CELEBRATION of this weeks Great British Beef Week, the National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for more people to eat British beef.                           Currently, the UK is the fourth largest producer of beef in Europe, but production has fallen by around four…
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