Pesticides

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Chemical cocktails harmful to wildlife found in 81% of English rivers and lakes
Campaigners call for rigorous testing of waterways to protect species after analysis reveals scale of problem

Helena Horton Environment reporter

24, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Flagship EU law to restore nature must not be derailed, warns environment chief
Rejection of key legislation on pesticides and restoration of wildlife ‘would send a dangerous, negative signal to the world’

Patrick Greenfield

16, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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‘Rimmed with fire’: rare butterfly genus named after Sauron in Lord of the Rings
Newly discovered species with vivid orange and black markings named for evil ruler of Mordor to pique interest in conservation

Robin McKie

07, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Australia fails to adequately monitor effect of agricultural chemicals in humans, report finds
Study confirms government lacks basic data on pesticides and other chemicals in the environment

Anne Davies

02, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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EU environmental watchdog criticises calls to stall pesticides cut
European Environment Agency says Ukraine crisis cannot be used to justify delay

Arthur Neslen in Brussels

26, Apr, 2023 @6:00 AM

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EU firms accused of ‘abhorrent’ export of banned pesticides to Brazil
BASF among firms selling chemicals to sugar industry despite links to human health risks

Beatriz Ramalho da Silva, Hélen Freitas, Ana Aranha and Tom Levitt

25, Apr, 2023 @6:52 AM

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David Attenborough's online Wild Isles isn't too hard-hitting for TV – it doesn't go far enough | Dave Goulson
I was hoping for a film that would wake people up to the dismal state of British nature. This charming episode won’t do that, says professor of biology Dave Goulson

Dave Goulson

10, Apr, 2023 @11:22 AM

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Clothes moths in retreat at National Trust properties, survey shows
Trust surprised by 39% slump in silk and wool-loving insect after bumper year in 2021 and think hot weather may have contributed

Harriet Sherwood

13, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Garden pesticides are contributing to British songbird decline, study finds
Scientists urge people to stop ‘spraying gardens with poison’ and adopt wildlife-friendly practices

Helena Horton Environment reporter

06, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The Observer view on the UK’s toxic stance on sugar farming | Observer editorial
Neonicotinoids kill bees and destroy the environment. A truly green government would find a better solution to the problem of aphid-borne disease

Observer editorial

29, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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People exposed to weedkiller chemical have cancer biomarkers in urine – study
Study measured glyphosate in urine and found high levels associated with signs of oxidative stress

Carey Gillam

20, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Australia’s self-regulating pesticide monitoring regime picked up far fewer violations than government study
A pilot program by the agriculture department in 2013 detected chemicals not found by the wholesalers’ system

Anne Davies

11, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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