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Bipartisan group defends sequoia tree bill in California despite environmental groups’ opposition

Bipartisan group defends sequoia tree bill in California despite environmental groups’ opposition

Science
June 23 (UPI) -- A bipartisan trio of lawmakers defended the "Save Our Sequoias Act" on Thursday despite more than 80 environmental groups signing a letter to Congress opposing the act earlier this month. The bill introduced on Wednesday is aimed at expediting reforestation and protection efforts in California's Sequoia National Forest. But more than 80 environmental organizations signed a letter to members of Congress earlier this month, arguing that the bill could do even more damage to giant sequoias by weakening environmental regulations. "Protecting the iconic Giant Sequoias is an important goal, but this legislation would weaken existing environmental law to expedite potentially harmful logging projects that undermine the ecological integrity of sequoia groves and will do nothing to...
The Latest: France’s Macron defends no-lockdown policy

The Latest: France’s Macron defends no-lockdown policy

Health
PARIS — France’s president says he has nothing to be sorry about for refusing to impose a third virus lockdown earlier this year, even as his country is now facing surging infections that are straining hospitals and more than 1,000 people with the virus are dying every week.Emmanuel Macron’s government has stressed the importance of keeping children in school and businesses afloat as the pandemic stretches into a second year.“We were right not to implement a lockdown in France at the end of January because we didn’t have the explosion of cases that every model predicted,” he said late Thursday night. “There won’t be a mea culpa from me. I don’t have remorse and won’t acknowledge failure.”For months France has championed a “third way” between confinement and freedom, including a nationwide ...
Government defends Cumbria coal mine green light

Government defends Cumbria coal mine green light

Science
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I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

Entertainment
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has defended filming with bugs in Wales following reports that police are investigating the show over concerns it is using non-native wildlife.A spokesman for the hit ITV series, which has moved from Australia to the UK this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, said all insects used for bushtucker trials are "non-invasive species" and only released in a contained area. But North Wales Police is reportedly investigating the show over its use of insects such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms, according to The Guardian, following complaints the species could threaten wildlife in the area around Gwrych Castle, near Abergele. Image: Contestants have been covered in insects during challenges The...
Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Business
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has defended encouraging people back to pubs and restaurants over the summer, prior to the government being forced to take fresh action to limit the spread of coronavirus.Mr Sunak's "Eat Out To Help Out" scheme handed Britons discounted meals during August, as ministers attempted to restart the economy after the UK's lockdown. Pubs, bars and restaurants - along with the rest of the hospitality industry - have since been handed a 10pm curfew as the government attempts to deal with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Live coverage of the latest coronavirus news and updates Image: Rishi Sunak defended his Eat Out To Help Out scheme At the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the meals discount programme fo...