Lets hope Mr Gove remains in post long enough to do what he intends. Just as health takes time to deliver change, so does the environment. The rejection of a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone recently in Wales does not bode well.. Under the title line "Green Brexit", the Times...read more
Simon de Bruxelles reports 4th Jan 2018: Divers tackle deadly scourge of fishing litter A volunteer army of divers has spent the past 12 years clearing tonnes of abandoned fishing gear and other debris from the seabed off Pembrokeshire, west Wales. The amateur divers...read more
Please let me know if any fishermen or volunteers have seen freshwater muscles on the Cleddau rivers. My suspicion is that they died many years ago. The result of a combination of acid flush, pollution with slurry and agrochemicals over a sustained period of time. BBC...read more
Gardeners put on alert for devastating plant disease. “Xylella fastidiosa” can kill or damage more than 350 species
Simon de Bruxelles in the Times 29th December reports: Gardeners put on alert for devastating plant disease Gardeners and horticulturalists have been warned to look out for one of the deadliest plant pathogens after it wiped out thousands of trees in southern Europe....read more
Book Review: The Systemic Insecticides: a disaster in the making. More independent confirmations are needed..
This is a well produced book for a coffee table written by Dr Henk Tennekes who graduated from the University of Wageningen in 1974 and was a researcher for Shell in Sittingbourne, Kent. He has also worked at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelburg, 1980-85....read more
The "Clean-up mussel" - A nasty-tasting shellfish could be just the job for cleaning rivers - Filtering out the pollutants The Economist December 9th 2018 Its traditional to have a "spoof" paper in the Christmas edition of some professional magazines. I was not sure...read more
The Nitrates in Drinking water: we were warned in 2010, and short termism, like in health systems, reaps its rewards.
There is a real risk that once the EEC has no influence, the environment will come second or third in politicians minds. The recent rejection of an NVZ in Wales, against the advice of all environmentalists, is a case in point. The European Protection Agency Health...read more
Aberporth shows the UK the way. The tide of plastic needs halting, and those Welsh “Canutes” think they have the answer. Bring back the milk bottle…
Since it is a media fact that "Just 10 rivers carry 90% of plastic polluting the oceans - They comprise some of the world's longest rivers, and those with large populations alongside them, research has found", the example of Aberporth may seem insignificant. But a...read more
Is there plastic in your tea? Moral fibres reports that "Pukka" brand uses only cotton. Why not all of us? The price will of course rise. The Sydney morning Herald 27th September 2019: Do you take your tea with plastic? - The Sydney Morning Herald The Guardian 27th...read more
Rubbish: why your recycling isn’t working. Remember to reduce, and re-use as well as recycle, and “pick it up”.
Our rivers, estuaries and beaches are all polluted and covered with debris, cans and plastic being the main offenders. We are all encouraged to "recycle" (also to reduce, and re-use when possible) but this report lets us know the reality. Failing to address the...read more