Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
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
 
Britain's potholed road network could be 'brought to its knees' by another spate of bad weather, council transport bosses warned today. They said swathes of local roads could become unusable if there is more flooding or another severe winter. The Local Government Association warned of a £10.5billion repairs backlog and a 'spiral of decline'. One in five roads are now classed as being in a 'poor condition’.
EnvironmentDaily Mail June 19 2013
 
After suffering several soggy summers, it is not the news we were hoping for. Met Office experts who got together to discuss recent unusual weather patterns predicted yesterday that Britain faces a decade of wet summers. They blame natural warming in the Atlantic for pushing a current of fast-flowing air in the upper atmosphere, known as the jet stream, further south. Scientists say the likelihood of successive heavy downpours is increased if Britain is stranded north of the jet stream for long stretches of summer. They claim more traditional summers will return after between five and ten years. Since 2007, when forecasters suspect the phenomenon began, six of the seven summers have been washouts with higher than average rainfall.
EnvironmentDaily Mail June 19 2013
 
Almost half a million potentially dangerous dishwashers are still being used in households because the machines' owners cannot be traced. A batch of faulty Bosch dishwashers, made over a seven-year period, are at risk of catching fire. But just one in four has been traced. Over the past few years there have been hundreds of fires involving the products, with more than a dozen blazes being deemed "serious". Authorities last night warned households to be aware of the hazards. Owners were urged to use the machines only under controlled situations and not to leave them unattended.
EnvironmentDaily Telegraph 16 March 2013
 
Councils that dish out spot fines for feeding the ducks or putting up lost cat posters were accused last night of using the public as a 'cash cow'. Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles launched a ferocious attack on town halls for milking residents after a report revealed a five¬fold increase in town halls' use of penalty notices in a decade. Nearly 1,400 fines are handed out every week for petty 'offences' such as handing out leaflets without a licence, dropping a cigarette butt in your own garden and overfilling rubbish bins, the study found. Residents have been fined up to £85 for feeding the ducks, putting up a 'lost cat' poster and walking a dog in a banned zone.
EnvironmentDaily Mail 14 March 2013
 
According to RSPCA figures, at least 100 pets are dumped by their owners every day. Reasons cited include the expense of looking after an animal; the owners find that they are too time consuming; or they gave birth to an unexpected litter. During its lifetime, a dog or cat could cost up to £10,000 for food, care and medical treatment.
EnvironmentPets4Homes.co.uk
 
The decision to remove a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) in the UK has been criticised by the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council. Fracking is a technique in which high pressure liquid is injected into rock, causing fractures which enable the extraction of natural gas. It was halted in the UK in 2011, after it was blamed for minor earthquakes near test wells in the north west of England. Opponents are also concerned about the possibility of water pollution from the chemicals used.
Ms Foster-Fulton said her concern was that fracking would merely prolong the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, instead of investing in renewables.
EnvironmentLife And Work, February 2013
 
Nearly 100 more pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard have been discovered – in the same field as the original find. Archaeologists uncovered the Anglo-Saxon gold and silver after returning to the field at Hammerwich, near Lichfield, once it had been ploughed.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, December 18, 2012
 
The RSPCA has admitted killing healthy animals, saying too many cats and dogs are being bred. More than 3,400 animals were put down last year for non-medical reasons - including 1,676 dogs and cats that were destroyed for legal reasons or because they might suffer for other reasons - and 1,767 wild, exotic or farm animals. The total number "euthanised" last year was 53,183. The other 49,740 were destroyed for medical reasons. However, the RSPCA denied claims by one of its former inspectors that it killed more healthy animals than necessary.
EnvironmentThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
A nursery forced to destroy 50,000 ash trees after a fungal disease was found is considering taking legal action against the Government for failing to block imports sooner. Simon Ellis of Crowders in Lincolnshire said ash dieback was found in 15 trees in June but officials issued a notice preventing the firm from taking action. Ministers said the import ban was brought in as soon as it was practical. The disease has now been confirmed at 82 locations in England and Scotland.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, November 6, 2012
 
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