Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Sunday 17th November
 
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
 
Polar bears, the biggest land carnivores on earth, face extinction this century if the Arctic continues to melt at its present rate, a study into global warming has found. Scientists in the study believe the survival of the estimated 22,000 polar bears in the region is hanging by a thread as they suffer the double whammy of chemical pollution and dwindling feeding territories.
EnvironmentThe Independent - 11th November 2004
 
Only last month, Tony Blair expressed anxiety that global warming's dire effects would arrive not just in his children's lifetime, but in his own, and would "radically alter human existence"..The possibility that it may be occurring now is suggested in the long run of atmospheric C02 measurements that have been made since 1958 at the observatory on the top of Mauna Loa, an 11,000ft volcano in Hawaii, by the American physicist Charles Keeling, from the University of California at San Diego. When he began, Dr Keeling found the amount of the gas present in the atmosphere to be 315 parts per million by volume. Today, the figure stands at 376ppm..Across all 46 years of Dr Keeling's measurements, the average annual C02 rise as been 1.3ppm, although in recent decades it has gone up to about 1.6ppm.
EnvironmentThe Independent 11 October 2004
 
Travelling in traffic, either in a car or on public transport, almost trebles the risk of a heart attack for at least an hour afterwards, a study has found. Fumes from car exhausts, noise and stress brought on by traffic congestion are likely to be the main causes of the increase in risk, researchers say. Air pollution is known to be a factor in heart disease, which develops over decades, and research has shown that people living close to a main road have twice the risk of dying from the condition.
EnvironmentThe Independent 21 October 2004
 
Just 2% of Kenyas original tree cover remains. Four-fifths of the continent's productive land threatens to turn to desert.
EnvironmentThe Independent on Sunday 10 October 2004
 
A global study revealed yesterday that almost a third of amphibians face extinction - and pollution is cited as the biggest cause. The 3 year survey, involving 500 scientists form more than 60 countries, has found that a third of the 5,743 known species on the planet are threatened with being wiped out and at least 427 are so critically endangered that they could disappear tomorrow. The figures in the survey are almost certainly underestimates because more than 22% of the known amphibian species are too poorly understood for the researchers to reach a reliable conclusion about what is happening to them. Populations of more than half of the known amphibian species are in decline. While 32% of birds and 23% of mammals are in the same position. The latest study estimates that up to 122 species have gone extinct since 1980.
EnvironmentThe Independent 15 October 2004
 
Millions of people work within walking distance of their home, exploding the myth that everyone is mobile, according to a new report today. Around 10 million Britons work less than three miles from where they live, research for the Work Foundation found.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 14 October 2004
 
More than 80% of the UK's population growth over the next 30 years will be fuelled by new migrants and their children, according to official figures.
EnvironmentEvangelical Times November 2004
 
Gwent police force spent only 54% of its time on the frontline according to a Home Office Study. The force which spent the most was Bedfordshire with 70% or 60% without the paperwork.
EnvironmentThe Independent - 23rd September 2004
 
On average, UK households waste 96 million worth of energy every week. The average household wastes an incredible 200 a year by not being energy efficient. Some 80% of the rubbish we throw away goes straight into landfills which emit CO2 and methane.
EnvironmentChristian Herald - 2nd October 2004
 
Every year an area of rainforest the size of England is destroyed. Over half the world's fish species are in danger of decline through over fishing. One third of the world's biodiversity has been lost since 1970. More than 1 billion people lack access to safe water and 2.4 billion to basic sanitation. Poor water supply and inadequate sanitation are the world's biggest killers: there are 250 million cases of water borne diseases per year, leading to 2.2 million deaths. The burning of fossil fuels gas, coal and oil contributes to global warming, which causes more floods and droughts.
EnvironmentChristian Herald - 2nd October 2004
 
Kenya-
There are 370,000 Maasai in Kenya
Life expectancy in Kenya is 48 years for men and 50 for women
EnvironmentTear Times - Autumn 2004
 
Uganda facts-
Population: 26,404,543,
Median age: 14.1,
300,000 killed under Idi Amin (dictator 1971-79),
100,000 killed under Milton Obote (dictator 1980-85),
Religions-
Roman Catholic 33 per cent,
Protestant 33 per cent,
Muslim 16 per cent,
Indigenous beliefs 18 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Church of England Newspaper - 20th August 2004
 
Christian aid agency Oxfam is helping 138,000 people in Darfur and 97,000 in Chad, providing water and sanitation facilities and helping to curb the spread of diseases such as Malaria.
EnvironmentThe Baptist Times - 5th August 2004
 
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