Gordon McGlone

Leading for Nature

July 28, 2014 2:37 am

Montenegro revives 40 year old plan to drown wild beauty

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 The government of Montenegro has revived a plan to erect four dams on the Moraca river abandoned after an international outcry and a lack of investors less than three years ago.

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July 27, 2014 3:33 pm

RSPCA could stop prosecuting hunts ‘within months’

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The RSPCA may have completed its last hunting prosecution as the charity confirms it could cease taking cases to the courts in months

Gordon McGlone's insight:

||The Countryside Alliance said they would welcome a move to stop the RSPCA pursuing hunts through the courts.

A spokesman said: “We have had some concerns about the dual role of the RSPCA as investigator and prosecutor. They are their own prosecutor and take nothing to the CPS. For them to take hunt prosecutions to the CPS would take some pressure off and is what we have been calling for for years.”

He said the news these could be ceased in months was welcomed by the charity, and added: “We have been concerned that some of the hunting cases were being taken for political reasons, and to make headlines.”||

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July 26, 2014 7:25 am

Germany’s renewable revolution shows the way

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How did Germany do it? No, not its World Cup victory - how did Germany engineer Europe’s highest penetration of renewable energy, plus fast-dropping electricity prices? Keith Barnham explains - and says the UK could do the same, and better!

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Germany is a world beater in many ways but it’s success in delivering renewable energy at competitive  prices is perhaps one of its cleave rest achievements.  The UK government’s performance, with old fossil tunnel vision ‘Green Blob’ fearing ministers has in comparison been feeble.


With the UK’s massive renewable resources, we could beat Germany

Any political party that was brave enough to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and announce it would impose such an environmental standard could expect strong public support. It would mean strong action on global warming and lower electricity bills.

Given that the UK’s monthly wind power variation more closely matches UK electricity demand than is the case in Germany, we could even beat the Germans to an all-renewable electricity supply.

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July 25, 2014 3:37 pm

Vets backing for badger culls criticised by wildlife campaigners

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has backed Government plans to repeat two pilot badger culls after assurances from the Environment Department, Defra, that the killing would be ‘robustly’…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

No Independent assessment - yet the Vets’ trade association supports renewed badger culling within the pilot cull zones of Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Uncomfortable stuff for those vets who stand for animal welfare.  The BVA is not representative of vets, it does not seek majority views on subjects and seems to be kowtowing to DEFRA policy.  

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11:39 am

A Tale of Blue Bigots and Green Blobs

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It’s a while since we’ve read anything in the news quite as entertaining as Owen Paterson’s recent tirade against the ‘Green Blob’ (the one wot done him in).

Gordon McGlone's insight:

The Green Blob bounces back! A spectacular own goal by Paterson.

If only we ‘Green Blobbers’ had even a fraction of the influence and funds that Paterson bitterly credits us with. How different our world would be. For a start we would not be in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction – a global wave of species extinction caused almost entirely by humans.”

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5:42 am July 24, 2014 8:25 am

BVA confirms support for badger cull pilots | News | Farmers Guardian

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THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has confirmed its support for the second year of the pilot culls in England, following changes made by Defra to improve the policy.

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July 23, 2014 3:26 pm

Royal Welsh Show: Wales is working hard to beat bovine TB, says chief vet

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Professor Christianne Glossop told an audience in Llanelwedd that 8% of farms in Wales are suffering a TB breakdown

Gordon McGlone's insight:

||Prof Glossop said: “That will take place across the whole of Wales, giving us a better understanding of the disease picture in badgers.

“We are testing our cattle for TB what we aren’t doing is testing our badgers, so that’s the next stage, building up the evidence base because we all have opinions but not hard facts.”||

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12:34 pm

The rosewood massacre - China must act

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Surging Chinese demand for rosewood used in ‘hongmu’ furniture is ruining forests across southern Asia, writes Zuzana Burivalova. As demand surges, China must impose stricter regulations and harsher punishments or the forests may never recover.

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12:08 pm

RSPB Scotland welcomes approval for two new wind projects

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Careful management of wildlife habitats is key

Gordon McGlone's insight:

The departed English Environment minister Owen Paterson dismissed the major NGOs as being part of a ‘Green Blob’; a loose consortium of organisations, lobbyists and climate change campaigners whose message he did not accept or understand.  RSPB Scotland shows that it is folly to lump organisations together and assume an underlying anti development mission.  Pragmatism and scientific engagement will play a critical part in managing and maintaining natural capital and low carbon energy sources.  Playing the ostrich (no insult to ratites intended) as OP did will get us all nowhere.  It certainly finished his cabinet career.

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