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2008-10-10 00:00:00

By Matt Chorley London Editor Progress in opening up the coastline to walkers will be reviewed after just a year to gauge the level of resistance to the plans. Ministers have bowed to pressure from MPs to ensure Natural England carries out a study into the "lessons learned" from the contentious proposal to create a single path around England's coastline. Westcountry campaigners fear the plan could impact on the livelihood of homeowners and businesses, including campsites and hotels....

2008-08-13 15:00:29

By AMY HUNT EVERY single one of us must work to tackle climate change, as we will all feel the effects. That is the message to Chronicle readers from Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. The Government minister paid a visit to the North East to see green work being done in the region. He heaped praise on efforts being made to create sustainable communities in the North East and to encourage farmers to attract wildlife to their land. Mr Benn visited Kielder Water and Forest Park,...

2008-08-07 09:00:29

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Hilary Benn visited the region for a tour of land stewardship schemes. Organised by Natural England, the tour was an opportunity for farmers and land managers in North Yorkshire to showcase the environmental benefits of moorland management schemes. Accompanied by Natural England chairman Sir Martin Doughty, Mr Benn visited the Grinton Estate grouse moor, in Swaledale, and Hazel Brow Farm, Reeth, where he received a Swaledale cheeses. After the tour, Mr Benn said:...

2008-07-19 00:00:31

The decision by Brussels to ban many pesticides could spell disaster for farmers. Chris Benfield reports. It doesn't have the catchiest of titles and had it not been for a little tweaking, the EC Directive 91/414 would have happily remained buried in piles of other legislation. Two years ago, bureaucrats in Brussels mentioned that the laws governing the use of pesticides needed a bit of a revamp, but no one took much notice, and before farmers had rallied themselves, the...

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2008-07-08 08:05:00

Britain's environmental secretary has confirmed the government will not be issuing licenses to cull cattle tuberculosis (TB). Hilary Benn made the remarks in a Commons statement, and acknowledged that although a broad-based cull might improve the situation, it could also worsen the problem. The details about the decision were made public in a BBC News report, which said Britain's National Farmers' Union (NFU) is seeking legal advice about the situation. The disease affected approximately...

2008-07-07 18:00:21

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has welcomed comments made in the House of Commons by Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on global food security. Despite opposing a House of Commons motion last week calling on British farmers to optimise food production, Mr Benn said: "One thing is beyond doubt, and that is that the world is going to need a lot of farmers and a lot of food over the next 50 years, and it is the job of every one of us to...

2006-02-22 13:00:24

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The world is fast running out of patience with slow negotiators of a Darfur peace deal and the government of Sudan needs to do more to fulfil its promises, a senior British minister said on Wednesday. The United States calls the rape, killing and looting in Darfur genocide, a charge the Sudan government rejects. But the conflict, entering its fourth year, has killed tens of thousands and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes to camps....


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.