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Waitrose Bans Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline

UK supermarket chain Waitrose today said it will stop using pesticides linked to declining bee populations by the end of 2014. By the end of next year, farmers supplying Waitrose fruit, vegetables and flowers must phase out three neonicotinoid-based pesticides: imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin are among … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arctic Council Spill Plan, Chu Resigns, Defense Nominee Backs Alt Fuels

The eight-nation Arctic Council’s oil spill response agreement, obtained by Greenpeace ahead of the council’s meeting of environment ministers February 5-6 in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is vague and ineffective, Greenpeace said. The activist group says the draft contains a series of major omissions including any discussion of oil company liabilities or … Read more »

B&Q, Wickes Discontinue Pesticide Linked to Bee Decline

In a victory for Friends of the Earth’s “Bee Cause” campaign, two UK hardware retailers, B&Q and Wickes, have said they will no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations. The environmental group yesterday delivered a petition with more than 64,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling on … Read more »