The poison being dropped all over Gough Island is an anticoagulant rodenticide called brodifacoum. It is banned from use outdoors in the EU. “It’s a nightmare,” says Graham Charlesworth, a retired vet. It causes internal bleeding; where this occurs determines whether the animal suffers. The animal is ill for two or three days before it dies, which is important. Another rodenticide that lowers the animal’s metabolic rate is much more humane, according to Charlesworth, but it is fast-acting, which causes a problem: if a rodent survives, it quickly associates the bait it’s just eaten with danger, and becomes a “bait-shy” survivor. But Charlesworth particularly dislikes brodifacoum because it moves through the food chain, is eaten and absorbed by larger animals, and only breaks down very slowly in the soil. … [Read more...] about Should we cull one species to save another?
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Greens Nine million homes would receive energy efficiency upgrades, bringing two million people out of fuel poverty. Fracking would be banned and the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset cancelled, while public funds would be divested from the fossil fuel industry. A new government-owned investment body would finance the transition to a zero-carbon economy. The Greens would “end the monopoly of the big six [energy companies] by building democratic, locally owned alternatives”, which would get priority access to the national grid. Plastic waste would be tackled with the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme and free public water dispensers. … [Read more...] about Greens would ditch Hinkley Point C – an expert view on the manifestos