“The Tories promised in their last manifesto that they would leave nature in a better state than they found it. It was just one of the huge bundle of lies that helped them win the general election.”
The interminable delays in publishing the government’s own 25-year State of Nature plan is further indication of crass electioneering opportunism, says PETER FROST.
Last December in this column I reported warning bells in a government State of Nature report. At the time I said we ignored these warning bells at our peril.
The report predicted than one in 10 of our native wildlife species is threatened with extinction. Overall the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures had plummeted by two-thirds since 1970 and that horrific decline continues.
Over the last 50 years, one in six species of our native British animals, birds, fish and plants have all been lost.
Deforestation, industrialisation and increasingly unsustainable methods of agriculture — greedy for profit and subsidy — have left Britain among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.
Add to that the long-term effects of climate change and the outlook becomes even…
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