Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The value of nature

A common argument against protecting the natural environment is that 'it costs too much'. The idea being that humans make more profit by destroying it. Obviously that is the argument favoured by the exploiters.

A recent report has been published which shows that the argument above is spurious; that protecting our forests and open spaces has financial value.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Nant y Moch wind farm

Many people have heard of the controversy that the proposed Nant y Moch wind farm presents. On the one hand it would produce renewable electricity and is far better than nuclear; but on the other hand it will lead to c.285 ha of tree felling, access roads through forests, road widening, impact on rights of way and bike trails, damage to land and habitats, creation of on-site electricity sub-station, and will affect a historic landscape (though to be honest that seems to be the least important issue, since the original landscape would have been fully forested, not the bare hills of today).

Friday, 8 July 2011

Have your say about the forests

A few months ago the government were convinced to abandon their plans to sell our forests. However the forests could still be at risk. When the government abandoned their forest sell-off plans, they said they'd set up an “independent panel of experts” to help decide the future of our woodlands. Now, the panel is up and running. They’ve said they want to hear ideas from thousands of us about the best way to protect our beautiful forests.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

UK badger persecutors again

The press reports that Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, will recommend that badgers be culled in England in a misguided attempt to curb bovine tuberculosis (bTB). However the slaughter of thousands of healthy badgers will not make a significant difference to the incidence of bTB yet will, in some instances, make the situation worse.