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MPs warn vote to leave EU would threaten UK environmental policy

Air and water quality, biodiversity and countryside would be at risk, Commons environment select committee report says

Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit select committee: ‘The overwhelming evidence is that EU membership has improved the UK’s approach to the environment.’ Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit select committee: ‘The overwhelming evidence is that EU membership has improved the UK’s approach to the environment.’ Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Published on The Guardian website on the 19th April 2016

 

Leaving the EU would threaten the UK’s air and water quality, biodiversity and the countryside, a committee of MPs has warned.

The UK has benefited from an EU-wide environmental cleanup in the past four decades, and giving up membership would lead to a damaging policy vacuum and an end to influence over green regulations, the commons environmental audit select committee has said in a report.

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UK solar power installations plummet after government cuts

 

Fall in solar power was expected after ministers announced 65% cut to feed-in tariff, but size of drop-off will still dismay green campaigners

There was 21MW of small solar installed in February and March this year compared to 81MW for the same period in 2015, according to Ofgem. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

There was 21MW of small solar installed in February and March this year compared to 81MW for the same period in 2015, according to Ofgem. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Published on The Guardian website on the 8th April 2016

 

The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the government’s cuts to subsidies, according to new figures.

A fall in solar power was expected following a 65% reduction in government incentives paid to householders, but the size of the drop-off will dismay green campaigners who want take up on clean energy sources to accelerate.

Data published by the energy regulator this week shows there was 21 megawatts (MW) of small solar installed in February and March this year, after a new, lower incentive rate came into effect. By contrast, energy department figures show that for the same period in 2015, 81MW was installed.

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Gardeners play vital part for environment

POLLINATOR Friends of the Earth has created a leaflet explaining how people can help bees and other animals.

POLLINATOR Friends of the Earth has created a leaflet explainig how people can help bees and other animals.

 

Story by Ray Cobbett and Published in the Portsmouth News on the 8th April 2016

I was recently cycling in Suffolk and at one point looked across a prairie-size field with no sign of life other than two massive farm machines.

This scene goes some way towards explaining the serious depletion in populations of common garden birds, bees and other pollinators.

Farmland without habitats with soil crushed by gargantuan machines and laced with growth promoters and systemic pesticides is not a place for healthy birds and bees.

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