Neonicotinoids – Arguing over science, or economics?

The debate around neonicatinoids, a class of insecticides that are harmful to bees and other pollinators, rumbles on. The Guardian announced that ‘Neonicotinoids are the new DDT’ (here), while the BBC reported ‘Government rejects the science behind neonicotinoid ban’ – (here). So it sounds like the decision to ban or not to ban neonics turns… Read more »

The Costs of Culling and the Benefits of Badgers

There’s been a lot of coverage recently (August 2013) of the badger cull in Somerset and Devon. Campaigners such as the League Against Cruel Sports (here) are upset at the decision by DEFRA and Natural England to proceed with the controversial cull, and state that the decision to cull goes against scientific consensus. Indeed, proceeding with… Read more »