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No change to pesticide regulations
Neonicotinoid law remains unchanged, despite link to bee decline

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced there will currently be no changes to UK pesticide regulations, following a review into the effects of neonicotinoids.

The pesticide neonicotinoid has been linked to a fall in the UK bee population, with scientists claiming that it causes worker bees to stop providing food and eggs for larvae, bumblebees to restrict food supply to the hive, and honey bees to experience a breakdown in their navigational abilities.

In response, several studies from earlier this year were assessed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of HSE, an independent expert advisory committee on pesticides, bee experts in DEFRA's Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and DEFRA's Science Advisory Council.

Though the report said the studies were "interesting", it was not believed that permitted neonicotinoid levels would have a serious effect on bee populations.

Friends of the Earth nature campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: "The govenment's failure to act on neonicotinoid pesticides is astonishing - there is still a massive question mark over the impact of these chemicals in declining bee populations."

DEFRA have commented that they are carrying out additional research, however they believe the studies were either not carried out under field conditions, or neonicotinoid was used at a higher dose to that which is currently permitted.

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BVNA names charity of the year

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 The Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund has been named as BVNA’s charity of the year. The fund was created to support BVNA members, their spouses, relations or dependents in times of need. It was set up in memory of Daphne Shipman, who was the BVNA Congress chief steward for a number of years, but sadly lost her fight against cancer in 1999. Team BVNA will be climbing the O2 to raise funds and awareness. A JustGiving page has been set up: justgiving.com/daphneshipman-benevolentfund  

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World Health Organisation names new director general

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been announced as new director-general of the World Health Organisation.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as minister of foreign affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–2016 and as minister of health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012.

He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.