Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Britons produce mind-boggling quantities of rubbish around 434 million tons each year and nearly 75% of that goes to landfill.

EnvironmentThe Independent 8th July 2005
 
Climate change could be reduced if mankind swapped their pork chops for tofu sausages, according to new research. A scientist claims ditching meaty meals in favour of nut roasts could do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions than burning less oil and gas.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel 6th July 2005
 
Department of Transport figures show that road traffic accidents were the biggest single killer of children aged 12-16 in 2003. In that year, 74 child pedestrians under 16 were killed and 12,740 were injured on Britain's roads. Deaths of 8-19 year olds on foot rose by 26% to 110 between 2002 and 2003.
EnvironmentThird Sector 23rd March 2005
 
562 tornadoes which hit the United States in May this year was a record, far higher than the previous record monthly peak of 399 set in June 1992.
EnvironmentProphetic Witness February 2005
 
Scientists are predicting that coral reefs could start to dissolve within 30 years as rising carbon dioxide levels makes the seas more acidic.
EnvironmentThe Independent - 2nd February 2005
 
British Scientists have discovered a new threat to the world in the form of a massive Antarctic ice sheet previously assumed to be stable may be starting to disintegrate. Its collapse would raise sea levels around the Earth by more than 16 feet.
EnvironmentThe Independent - 2nd February 2005
 
The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report to be published tomorrow - and the bad news is, the world has nearly reached it already. The countdown to climate change catastrophe is spelt out by a task force of senior politicians, business leaders and academics from around the world and it is remarkably brief. In as little as 10 years, or even less, their report indicates, the point of no return with global warming may have been reached.It breaks new ground by putting a figure - for the first time in such a high level document - on the danger point of global warming, that is, the temperature rise beyond which the world would be irretrievably committed to disastrous changes. These could include widespread agricultural failure, water shortages and major droughts, increased disease, sea-level rise and the death of forests - with the added possibility of abrupt catastrophic events such as "runaway" global warming, the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, or the switching off of the Gulf Stream.
EnvironmentThe Independent 24th January 2005
 
Britain looks likely to miss a key target in the fight against global warming by a wide margin, the Government was forced to admit yesterday.By 2010, Tony Blair said, the UK would achieve only a 14% cut in emissions of CO2 from 1990 levels. This compares with a planned reduction of 20% set in 1994 by the Labour Party, which has since appeared in its election manifesto.
EnvironmentThe Independent 9th December 2004
 
Sea turtles in the Caribbean are perilously close to extinction because of over-fishing and over-development, an official report has discovered. The collapse of turtle numbers on some of the Caribbean's most famous and glamorous islands has been so severe that in Bermuda turtles no longer breed any more. In the Cayman Islands, the idyllic archipelago that once supported millions of turtles, biologists fear the hawksbill turtle is locally extinct.
EnvironmentThe Independent On Sunday 28th November 2004
 
It has been invisible, so it has gone largely unheeded, but the wrecking of the seas is now the world's gravest environmental problem after climate change, British scientists said yesterday. Such destruction has been caused by over-fishing in the marine environment and only massive protected zones, where all fishing is banned, will allow the seas damaged areas to recover, members of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution said. These non-fishing reserves should cover fully 30% of UK territorial waters, the commission suggested, in the most drastic call ever made to scale back fishing in Britain or Europe. The proposals were welcomed by environmentalists, but attacked by some fishing industry groups, who said they would threaten yet more livelihoods and that recovery measures have already been taken.
EnvironmentThe Independent 8th December 2004
 
Scientists fear that global warming has led to a dramatic decline in stocks of krill, which is a key food for Antarctic seals, whales and penguins. New data shows krill numbers have fallen by about 80% since the 1970's..Statistical examination suggests the reason for the decline is a reduction in the amount of winter sea ice in an area northeast of the Antarctic peninsula - just below the southern tip of South America - where the krill population is concentrated. Krill feed on algae found on the ice: without it they starve. And it is that area which has displayed a strong warming trend over the past 50 years.
EnvironmentThe Independent 4th November 2004
 
Much of the nations heritage remains in a perilous state, according to a report out today. The report, published by English Heritage, makes available for the first time details of more than 17,000 listed buildings at risk.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 15th December 2004
 
Global warming could mean last year's record breaking European heat-wave is seen as "unusually cool" in the future. A report from the Met office says man-made climate change has already doubled the risk of such heat-waves.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 16th December 2004
 
More than one in 10 of all bird species are likely to be extinct by the end of the century. Another 15% could be on the brink of disappearing before the year 2100, according to a study by American researchers.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 14th December 2004
 
Britains multi-storey car parks are "badly designed decaying monoliths", a report claims. In the event of a collapse of a multi-storey, "it is unclear who would be at fault", said Chemistry and Industry magazine. There are still no UK regulations, the magazine claimed.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 6th December 2004
 
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