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Common pesticide ‘to be banned in the EU’
Research has found that chlorothalonil and other fungicides are the strongest factor linked to serious bumblebee declines.
EU states voted for ban amid health and environmental concerns 

One of the UK’s most-used pesticides, chlorothalonil, is set to be banned in the EU amid concerns about human health and the environment, reports say.

EU states voted for a ban on the fungicide, which prevents mildew and mould on crops, following a review by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), according to a report in The Guardian.

Efsa said it could not exclude the possibility that the breakdown products of the chemical cause DNA damage, and a ‘high risk to amphibians and fish was identified for all representative uses’.

Recently, research also found chlorothalonil and other fungicides are the strongest factor linked to serious bumblebee declines.

A European commission spokeswoman is quoted by The Guardian as saying: “The [chlorothalonil ban] is based on Efsa’s scientific assessment which concluded that the approval criteria do not seem to be satisfied for a wide range of reasons.

“Great concerns are raised in relation to contamination of groundwater by metabolites of the substance.”

The spokeswoman is reported to have said the ban will be passed in late April or early May, coming into force three weeks later.

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.