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Time for urgent action to reverse bee decline

The ‘minister for bees’ must announce an urgent plan to save Britain’s most precious pollinating insects

Bees are in decline. 47 of our wild bumble and solitary bees are listed as threatened, we’ve lost some bee species already and according to the British Beekeepers’ Association, last winter was the worst on record for the loss of honey bee colonies, with more than one-third not surviving hibernation.

Their decline is worrying – especially the wild varieties that don’t live in managed hives – they are one of our most valuable pollinating insects. Scientists at the University of Reading recently estimated that were …

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This week in Europe: 21-24 January… no to milk lakes, yes to skilled migrants and bees

Proposals for a revised Common Agricultural Policy met with mixed emotions

On Wednesday, the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee (AGRI) voted on reform proposals to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). ALDE MEPs welcomed the votes in general as a major step towards a more sustainable European agricultural model. However, ALDE condemns the possible double payment for greening and agri-environmental measures and rejects a possible return to failed past policies of heavy market interventions.

Commenting after the votes, George Lyon MEP (UK, Liberal Democrat), ALDE team leader on the AGRI committee and shadow rapporteur on the direct payments report, said:

Today’s vote is a big

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  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 26th Jan - 5:20am
    Eds: Please feel free to remove the comment of mine directly above that has all the unintended bold type! Resubmitting it here. @ Tsar Nicholas...
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    Woah, sorry, obviously I didn't close the bold type there! That's where an edit tool would come in handy ;-)
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    @ Tsar Nicholas "This illustrates the confusion of the Orange Bookers more than anything else. Greece did not need the bailouts to continue its current...
  • User AvatarColin 26th Jan - 3:16am
    I've enjoyed much the discussion about the "moral hazard" about this election result in Greece, and how it is bad to reward 'profligacy'. Obviously such...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 26th Jan - 2:51am
    Paul in Wokingham: "Meanwhile Greece must surely be ground zero for cognitive dissonance today as the voters have returned a government committed to reconciling the...
  • User AvatarAndrew Suffield 26th Jan - 1:53am
    Before we get bogged down in debating whether or not this proposal is an illberal monstrosity, please keep in mind that this is procedural abuse....