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‘UK Government failing in ambition to be the greenest ever’, says report

The Coalition Government is failing on its own commitments to Britain’s natural environment: that’s the public’s view from a survey organised by Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link), a coalition of 39 leading environmental charities.

Of those surveyed, less than a quarter (23%) think the Government is doing enough to protect our landscapes and wildlife – on land and at sea.

The poll also finds that 84% of people think that the natural environment boosts their quality of life, with 81% wanting to see the natural environment and its wildlife protected at all costs. Only 17 per cent of people agreed that this is the ‘greenest government ever.’

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EFSA public consultation response

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (the Trust) was pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) public consultation on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees).

The Trust welcomed the Terms of Reference which began to address previous serious inadequacies in risk assessment. Notably, the Terms of Reference required impacts on bumblebees and solitary bees to be assessed, in addition to impacts on honeybees. It was also a requirement that assessments determined long-term, sub-lethal and synergistic effects.

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