Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Tuesday 18th December
 
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
 
More than 3,500 churches have switched their electricity from fossil fuels to renewable energy, or have registered to do so, according to research published by Christian charities.
EnvironmentCivil Society News - 2nd September 2016
 
A shock report this week claimed air pollution is killing 40,000 people in the UK every year. The study found outdoor air pollution is now bigger killer than ever before - shooting up from 29,000 annual deaths at the time of the last report. A rise in diesel car ownership - which has trebled in the past 15 years - is partly fuelling the health crisis.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – February 26 2016
 
Around the world, bumblebees and other wild bees are declining in both diversity and abundance. Some 9% of nearly 2,000 species on the European Red List of Bees are threatened with extinction. Of our 178 bee species, the RSPB have found that more than half are decreasing or strongly decreasing in number.
EnvironmentThird Way - March 2016
 
In England and Wales, according to the “State of Nature” report from the RSPB in 2013, the area of lowland meadow plummeted by 97% between the 1930s and 1984. Three-quarters of the bumblebees’ preferred food plants have declined over the past 80 years.
EnvironmentThird Way - March 2016
 
Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels, says the UK’s Met Office. The world would then be half way towards 2C, the gateway to dangerous warming.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 10th November 2015
 
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on climate change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low carbon sources by 2050. If not, the world faces ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’ damage. The UN said inaction would cost ‘much more’ than taking the necessary action.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 3 November 2014
 
By 2010, money invested in green and ethical retail-funds in the UK reached £9.5 billion, the investment-research organisation EIRIS says. This represents about 750,000 ethical investors. Ten years ago, there were only about 200,000.
EnvironmentThird Way, October 2013
 
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