Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Intensive agriculture and heavy pesticide use are a major cause of plummeting insect populations. The vanishing of insects threatens a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, the review concluded, because of their fundamental importance in the food chain, pollination and soil health.
EnvironmentThe Guardian 13th February 2019
 
Top brands including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Evian and Highland Spring are among the world's most recognisable names, but their labels are in danger of becoming symbols of our shameful throwaway society. A Daily Express investigation has laid bare the extent of pollution which is blighting people's lives, with a devastating impact on marine life. Birds, wildlife and seals are at risk as a direct result of thoughtless and, on occasion, criminal acts.
EnvironmentThe Express 12th February 2019
 
People in the UK throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic every year, much of which is single-use and cannot be recycled, a report suggests. Campaigner Daniel Webb has revealed how little of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled after storing all the plastic waste he threw in the bin over a year, collecting a total of 4,490 pieces of plastic. Some 70% was not recyclable, the report estimates.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 29th October 2018
 
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources and pollute the planet, a report has warned. WWF has called for an ambitious “global deal” for nature and people, similar to the international Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. The percentage of the world’s seabirds with plastic in their stomach is estimated to have increased from 5% in 1960 to 90% today, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Many popular family cars are unable to use a fuel which could be introduced to forecourts to cut carbon emissions, according to research. Some Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan vehicles are among those which are not compatible with E10 petrol, designed to be less harmful to the environment. The majority of vehicles in use today are approved to be fuelled with the petrol, but some older vehicles are not.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 28th August 2018
 
British Consumers are facing a hike in food prices of at least 5 per cent as a result of extreme weather this year, economics warn. Extended ‘frigid and baking weather’ seen in the winter and summer will likely increase household food bills by an estimated £7.15 a month, the Centre for Economics and Business Research says. Between March and July, the wholesale “farm gate” prices of some staples rocketed. The price of wheat for bread rose by a fifth and carrots by 80 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 28th August 2018
 
Every year 2.5 billion disposable cups are purchased and thrown away in the UK. Most of these are not recycled. The majority of them are made of paper on the outside, but waterproof plastic on the inside. The two materials are so tightly welded together that they need separating before recycling can begin – and currently only a few of the UK’s recycling sites are equipped to do this.
EnvironmentThe Plain Truth – Autumn 2018
 
New moths are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of climate change and the horticultural trade, wildlife experts have said. Almost 30 new species of pyralid moths have been recorded in the UK in the last 30 years, including eight which have become established residents, wildlife publisher Atropos and charity Butterfly Conservation said. The pyralid group includes some of the largest of 1,600 micro-moths found in the UK.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 14th June 2018
 
At least one in five British mammals is at high risk of extinction in the face of threats such as disease and loss of their natural habitat, a study has found. Red squirrels, wildcats and grey long-eared bats are among the species which face severe threats to their survival, the first major review of British mammals for more than 20 years revealed. Populations of nine species, including hedgehogs, water voles, hazel dormice and even rabbits, have declined in the past 20 years.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 13th June 2018
 
More than 70% of all plastic ever produced has become litter and less than a tenth of that has been recycled (or down-cycled as it is sometimes called) because it still exists as plastic somewhere.
EnvironmentThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
Exposure to man-made chemicals killed more than 50,000 Britons in 2015, giving the UK one of the worst records of pollution deaths in Europe, a major study has found. Globally, pollution claimed nine million lives in that one year, said researchers. In the UK, 8.39% of deaths were due to pollution, a higher proportion than in many other European countries, including Germany and France.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 20th October 2017
 
Councils could bring in charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles, under plans published by the Government to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. Ministers have unveiled a £255 million fund to help local authorities come up with ways to improve air quality, ranging from improving public transport and changing road layouts to charging for polluting vehicles if other measures are insufficient.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 27th July 2017
 
France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. Hybrid cars make up about 3.5 per cent of the French market, with pure electric vehicles accounting for 1.2 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - July 7th 2017
 
Nowadays, each UK household produces more than a tonne of rubbish annually, and, on average, each person throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. To put that into perspective, the nation’s refuse would fill Lake Windermere every eight months. It would fill the Royal Albert Hall in less than two hours.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 16th March 2017
 
Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with 67 per cent killed in the reef’s worst-hit northern section.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 29th November 2016
 
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