September News Bulletin: drugging the environment; garden centres stop selling Roundup

September 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

September News Bulletin

Drugging the Environment. Humans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists. “Legislation is not protecting ecosystems at the moment,” says Kathryn Arnold, an ecologist at the University of York in the U.K., where there are also no regulations for pharmaceuticals in water. (The Scientist)

Supermarkets and garden centres ban Roundup weedkiller suspected of causing cancer. In Germany, for example, retailers have started removing glyphosate herbicides from their shelves, with one state protection minister calling for a ban on the use of the chemical by the general public. “This pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds. I also do not think use in private gardens is appropriate,” explained Lower Saxony’s consumer protection minister Christian Meyer. (The Guardian)

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