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Michael Gove consultation on independent environmental body

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced plans to consult on a new, independent body for environmental standards (12th Nov). The body would hold Government to account for upholding environmental standards in England after we leave the European Union. Ministers will consult on a new independent, statutory body to advise and challenge government and potentially other public bodies on environmental legislation – stepping in when needed to hold these bodies to account and enforce standards. A consultation on the specific powers and scope of the new body will be launched early next year.

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Environment Secretary backs further restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides

Tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides are justified by the growing weight of scientific evidence they are harmful to bees and other pollinators, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said on 9th Nov. Setting out the UK’s position, the Secretary of State said the UK supports further restrictions on the use of these pesticides. Unless the scientific evidence changes, the government will maintain these increased restrictions post-Brexit.

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Bees' Needs Champions Awards at Kew Gardens

Lord Gardiner presented 17 pollinator 'champions' with certificates at the annual Bees' Needs Champions awards at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on 6th Nov. A ‘Bee City’ and a successful reintroduction scheme for the short-haired bumblebee are among the innovative projects highlighted by Defra Minister Lord Gardiner as inspirational examples of action to protect our pollinators. The event celebrated bee boosting projects from volunteers, schools, charities and councils across the country which are helping pollinators thrive in urban and rural areas.

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