Friends of the Earth Cardiff - nature http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/tags/nature/feed en Help stop Ash Dieback Disease http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-ash-dieback-disease <p><img width="500" height="312" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Ash_Dieback_Forestry_Commission.jpg" alt="Ash tree in full leaf but dead twigs at the ends of branches" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Forestry Commission</em></p> <p>Our woodlands are facing their biggest threat since Dutch Elm Disease. Ash Dieback Disease has already decimated ash trees in Denmark.</p> <p>Successive Government's dithering over ash dieback has resulted in it spreading to the UK. The costs of dealing with it are increasing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-ash-dieback-disease">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-stop-ash-dieback-disease#comments Nature nature Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:07:45 +0000 Chris 546 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Retailers stop selling bee-killing pesticides http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/retailers-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides <p><img width="500" height="380" alt="Bee on a flower" src="/files/foecardiff/images/white_bottomed_bumble_bee.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign has scored a major victory as three of the UK's largest hardware companies promise to stop stocking neonicotinoid chemicals.</p> <p>B&amp;Q, Wickes and Homebase have confirmed they will stop stocking the pesticides that have been linked to the decline in bee populations across the UK.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/retailers-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/retailers-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides#comments archive Nature nature Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:54:07 +0000 Chris 551 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Make Europe's farms safer places to bee http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/make-europes-farms-safer-places-bee <p><img width="500" height="380" src="/files/foecardiff/images/white_bottomed_bumble_bee.jpg" alt="White bottomed bumblebee" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>This autumn Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on rules that could make every farm in Europe more bee-friendly.</p> <p>Our taxes pay for the Common Agriculture Policy. This pays farmers to plant vast areas with single crop and make heavy use of pesticides creating a &quot;green desert&quot; for wildlife including bees.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/make-europes-farms-safer-places-bee">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/make-europes-farms-safer-places-bee#comments archive Nature nature Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:28:55 +0000 Chris 543 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Stop pesticides harming bees http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-pesticides-harming-bees <p><img width="500" height="380" src="/files/foecardiff/images/white_bottomed_bumble_bee.jpg" alt="Bumblebee collecting necter" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Bees are in danger. There is growing evidence that pesticides harm bees' health and remove the food sources they need to survive.</p> <p>The Government is putting together a new pesticides plan. The plan's first draft doesn't include any specific action to protect bees.</p> <p>The Government should commit to:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-pesticides-harming-bees">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-pesticides-harming-bees#comments archive Nature nature Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:02:39 +0000 Chris 528 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Create wildflower places for bees http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/create-wildflower-places-bees <p><img width="257" height="338" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Bee_Cause_seed_bomb.png" alt="Bee Cause seed bomb" /></p> <p>Thanks to you and others like you, we have reached our target of 5,000 &ldquo;kisses&rdquo; for the Bee Cause project. This lets us create 60 bee-friendly wild spaces across the UK.</p> <p>Help make Britain bee-friendly by donating &pound;5 today and as a thank you we&rsquo;ll send you a seed bomb packed with hundreds of wildflower seeds and the nutrients to get them going.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/create-wildflower-places-bees">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/create-wildflower-places-bees#comments archive Nature nature Mon, 06 Aug 2012 17:10:44 +0000 Chris 526 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Cut Europe's land footprint http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint <p><img width="313" height="200" src="/files/foecardiff/images/land_footprint.jpg" alt="Mechanical digger loading soil onto a lorry" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe</em></p> <p>Europe has one of the largest land footprints in the world because it imports massive amounts of food and other goods from the rest of the world every year. These goods, such as meat, dairy and forestry products, need large areas of land.</p> <p>Europe's high levels of land consumption:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint#comments archive Corporate accountability climate change nature resource use Thu, 10 May 2012 14:44:54 +0000 Chris 515 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk The Bee Cause http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bee-cause <p><img width="500" height="380" alt="Bumblebee collecting necter" src="/files/foecardiff/images/white_bottomed_bumble_bee.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>British bees are vital to our food supply and economy. But their numbers have declined dramatically.</p> <p>Friends of the Earth are launching The Bee Cause so that together we can help save British bees.</p> <p>Without bees it would cost UK farmers &pound;1.8 billion a year to hand-pollinate their crops and that would push up our food prices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bee-cause">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bee-cause#comments Nature nature Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:13:28 +0000 Chris 509 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Help protect us from pollution http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-protect-us-pollution <p><img width="469" height="312" src="/files/foecardiff/images/industrial_pollution.jpg" alt="chemicals pouring from a pipe into a stream" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Robert Brook, Science Photo Library</em></p> <p>The Cabinet Minister, Oliver Letwin, is considering scrapping all green safeguards and replacing them with a single 50-page document.</p> <p>This would mean our protection from pollution could be dangerously simplified. He is consulting on scrapping Laws on:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-protect-us-pollution">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/help-protect-us-pollution#comments Air quality archive Climate and Energy Pollution climate change energy nature noise pollution waste Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:33:56 +0000 Chris 500 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Save the Mabira Forest Reserve http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve <p>&nbsp;<img width="314" height="235" alt="Forest tree with roots growing out of the ground and joining the trunk to form an arch." src="/files/foecardiff/images/Mabira_forest_arched_tree.jpeg" /></p> <p>Arched tree in the Mabira Forest. <em>Photo: S.A.Perez (Flickr)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-mabira-forest-reserve#comments archive Nature Africa nature Uganda Wed, 31 Aug 2011 06:40:47 +0000 Chris 438 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Save Sumava National Park http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-sumava-national-park <p><img width="400" height="266" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Sumava_National_Park.jpeg" alt="Four policemen carrying a protester in forest." /></p> <p>Czech police carrying away a protestor. <em>Photo: Hnutí DUHA - Přátelé Země Česká republika</em></p> <p>Please join Friends of the Earth Czech Republic in calling on their government to abandon plans to cut down large areas of previously protected forest rich in biodiversity and home to endangered wildlife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-sumava-national-park">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/save-sumava-national-park#comments archive Nature Czech Republic Europe nature Sat, 06 Aug 2011 06:54:33 +0000 Chris 426 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk