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Bees, Leas and SDGs

Prompted by a leaflet at a garden centre and the general plight of pollinators, I have made a modest donation to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The decline of honeybees attracts quite a bit of attention, but the poor old bumblebee is often left out of the conversation.

More than 16,000 people have joined Friends of the Earth’s online petition to encourage UK retailers to ban the use of select pesticides

European Union agrees to ban on bee-harming insecticides

The European Union has announced a ban on three widely-used insecticides due to the threat that they pose to bees, although some green groups are calling for further bans on other chemicals.

Hombase's move has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth, which has received significant public backing for its campaign to ban neonics from garden plants

Homebase pledges ban on bee-harming chemicals amid green group pressure

Retail giant Homebase has committed to phase out toxic pesticides from its garden plant range after months of heavy pressure from green campaigners.

Plants at a Homebase garden centre in the East Sussex area contained traces of two of three banned substances, despite being labelled as 'bee-friendly'

Homebase caught in dispute over use of bee-harming pesticides

Homebase has clashed with Friends of the Earth after claims the garden retailer has failed to publicly commit to end the use and sale of restricted pesticides in its plant ranges.

Why the SDGs are a big thing for SMEs

Did you know that the UK has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If you do, you are one of few - just one in 10 UK citizens know about the SDGs. Why do so few people know what they are?

What if? An innovative outlook on the environment

This week, hundreds of people from the business world, academia and the general public are gathering in North East England for a very special festival of innovation, looking to address a range of environmental and societal issues.

The move to block EU ban comes despite environment secretary Michael Gove saying, ‘I don’t want to water down’ EU protections

Tories aim to block full EU ban on bee-harming pesticides

Conservative politicians are trying to stop a complete EU ban on bee-harming pesticides, despite the new environment secretary Michael Gove's statement earlier this week, in which he said "I absolutely don't want to water down" EU environmental protections.

Secrets to success: How London Met smashed its carbon reduction targets

After helping the University win 13 sustainability awards over the last two years and smashing our 2020 carbon target four years early the question I'm asked most is "How did you do it?".

A scientific study carried out last week found that more than 70% of plants tested from garden centres at firms such as Aldi, Wyevale and Homebase contained neonicotinoid pesticides

British public urges retailers to remove bee-harming pesticides from plants

Garden retailers are facing increased pressure to stop the sale of plants using pesticides linked to bee decline, as a new survey shows that more than three quarters of UK citizens oppose the practice.

Some bee species are thought to have declined by up to 30% in the last 20 years due to the use of neonic pesticides on plants and crops

Major retailers using toxic pesticides in garden plants, study finds

Top retailers such as Aldi and Homebase have been called upon to take urgent action as research shows that plants laced with toxic pesticides are being sold in British garden centres.

The long-term decline in bees across England has been linked to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides

B&Q bans harmful pesticides from plant range to save bees

B&Q has today (9 May) become the first home improvement retailer to announce it will grow its flowering plant range free from the world's most widely used insecticides, to address Britain's declining bee population.


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