Bees get further protection
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The insecticide fipronil poses a "high acute" risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize, according to a risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Fipronil, part of the phenylpyrazole chemical family, is used to control various soil insects during their larval growth stage and acts through contact and ingestion.
In January, the EFSA published risk assessments on the effects on bees of the neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. The assessments showed the chemicals were also harmful to Europe’s bee population.
The European Commission has now adopted measures to restrict the use of the three pesticides from 1 December 2013.
Member states must withdraw or amend existing authorisations to comply with the restrictions by 30 September, although existing stocks of pesticides containing the chemicals can be used until 30 November. The commission says it will review the ban within two years.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
Over two million hectares of Brazilian rainforest could be legally converted to supply the UK with soy under a new anti-deforestation law proposed by the government, the WWF has found.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
In R. (on the application of Hudson) v Windsor and Maidenhead RBC, the appellant appealed against a decision to uphold the local authority’s grant of planning permission for the construction of a holiday village at the Legoland Windsor Resort.