Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
The Belize government has admitted that more than 5,000 children are prevented from getting an education because they are working. Official figures show that around 6 per cent of children between the ages of five and seventeen are involved in child labour and over half of these child labourers are engaged in hazardous work.
EnvironmentNew Nation - 21st June 2004
 
The overall green house gas emissions dropped 10 per cent between 1990 and 2002, the increase from the transport sector as a whole was 50 per cent.
The largest increase of 85 per cent was from air transport and even this figure would have risen to over 100 per cent but for the slump in air travel as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Centre.
EnvironmentThe Guardian - 27th May 2004
 
The government has pledged that the UK will cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2050. Thats a hugely ambitious target achievable only if each of us limits the CO2 emitted in our name.
EnvironmentThe Guardian Thursday G2 - 29th April 2004
 
Since the late 1950s, the earth's average surface temperature has increased by 0.6C and snow cover and ice extent have diminished. During the past century, the sea level has risen, on average, by 10-20cm - and the temperature of the oceans has increased. Mid-range estimates for future climate change are 1-3C global mean warming, and a rise in the sea level of 45cm by 2100.
It is anticipated that the equivalent of the UK heatwave in the summer of 1976 - which occurs once every 310 years under the current climate - may occur every five to six years by 2050.
The heatwave in July-August 1995 in London was associated with a 16 per cent increase in mortality.
EnvironmentBaptist Times - 15th April 2004
 
The Met Office which keeps track of weather and temperature patterns has predicted that temperatures in Britain will rise between 1'C and 3'C by 2080. There is clear evidence that the winter season is shrinking and that spring now arrives about two weeks earlier than it did 30 years ago. That means that for every degree rise in temperature, spring arrives about six days earlier.
EnvironmentKids Alive - 13th March 2004
 
Global Warming may be slowing as trees in the tropical forests of the Amazon are growing and dying much more quickly.
The growth of trees in the Amazon Basin has nearly doubled in recent decades helping to slow warming.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, 11th Febuary 2004.
 
The average person in the United Kingdom uses 10 tonnes of carbon every year, but we should really be using as little as 2.5 tonnes. The UK government has set a target for a huge cut in the amount of carbon we pump into the atmosphere - 60 per cent by 2050. That means everyone needs to take serious action now, otherwise the climate in this country will change in a big way.
EnvironmentKids Alive - Nov 29th 2003
 
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