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Candide Cuttings: Manchester solutions, Bees-safety and Peat awareness

Published on 11th April 2019

Nature-based solutions

Greater Manchester to develop ‘nature-based’ solutions to climate change caused problems.

The project, signed by partners across the region, is backed by the EU’s Urban Innovation Actions initiative. IGNITION (Innovative financinG aNd delIvery of naTural clImate sOlutioNs in Greater Manchester) will receive over £4 million to ignite investment in the area of climate change problems.

Extreme weather has been recently causing serious disruptions in Greater Manchester. In December 2015, Greater Manchester experienced significant flooding, damaging homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Heat stress incidents are also on the rise as a result of increasing temperatures and storms are becoming more common, as is flooding from intense rainfall.

Salford Quays, Manchester

Nature-based solutions to overheating and flooding will be implemented as part of the project.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “We are serious about our green ambitions in Greater Manchester – to become carbon neutral by 2038 and one of the world’s leading green city-regions. However, we also need to prepare for the climate change impacts which are now unavoidable, and we must do it soon; we can’t keep doing things the old way.

“This project will help us encourage widespread use of innovative, nature-based solutions such as green roofs and walls to cool our city-region down, manage water and reduce flooding, while also reducing our carbon output, and improving our air quality. The funding will also help us to find ways to accelerate and finance their deployment.”

’Bee-safe’ pesticides

Pesticides labelled as ‘safe for bees’, combined with common fungicides, can negatively impact bees, a new study has found.

Bee-harming substances have been banned in the UK and the rest of Europe, which prompted companies to find suitable replacements.

A recent study revealed how these new insecticides could harm honeybees when sprayed in combination with other everyday pesticides.

Published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the Royal Society B’, the study observed honeybees exposed to a mixture of flupyradifurone in combination with a common fungicide.

Flupyradifurone is one of the pesticides marketed as a safer insecticide. It has the same mode of action and properties as neonicotinoids, the chemicals banned due to their link with global bee declines.

They recorded abnormal behaviour and death in many of the bees. The workers that left the nest to forage on crops were more likely to feel the effects.

The EU authorised both sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone in 2015.

The Parliamentary Review

Melcourt Industries has called on more Government action on peat in Parliamentary Review.

They would like to see all local authorities and government contracts to be peat-free, as they should have done by 2015. The company’s managing director Andy Chalmers has called this a ‘missed opportunity’.

He highlighted that peat harvesting could cause loss of habitat and biodiversity and has 'been joined by carbon storage and flood alleviation as factors which have led Defra to support the phasing out of peat by UK horticulture.’

He also said ‘more support will be required for current targets to be achieved, namely zero peat in garden centres by 2020 and zero peat used by professional growers by 2030.’

The Parliamentary Review is a bi-annual publication providing a guide to industry best practice.

The full article can be read here.

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