Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Tuesday 15th October
 
Nine million drivers have thrown litter from their cars in the past year, research from green flag breakdown service has revealed. More than 20 million cigarette butts, 17.4 million food items and 6.2 million drink bottles and cans were thrown from vehicle windows during that time. The research also showed that 11 million pieces of fruit and 4.5 million sweet wrappers were hurled from car windows.
EnvironmentThe War cry – 18th August 2012
 
Town hall bosses have been forcing taxi drivers to record all conversations in their cabs, it emerged last night. In an alarming extension of the Big Brother state, CCTV and microphones had been installed in all cabs under the control of Southampton City Council - but yesterday the Information Commissioner ordered it to end the policy, claiming that its official snooping had 'gone too far'. Southampton began forcing local taxi drivers to record conversations between themselves and passengers in 2009, claiming it would provide greater safety for both parties. Embarrassing footage is certain to have been captured of passengers’ worse for wear or making intimate phone calls. Southampton officials said they may challenge the decision. If successful, it would raise the prospect of passengers being snooped upon across the country. The watchdog also revealed a similar scheme in Oxford would have breached the Data Protection Act, and that the local authority has now suspended the policy.
EnvironmentThe Daily Mail July 26 2012
 
Researchers found that families who stayed here instead of flying off to warmer climes were more likely to arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy their holiday. "Staycationers" also found it easier to unwind without the worries of passports and visas, the language barrier and bugs and insects. The survey of 2,000 people found that almost half of families who had been on both types of break believed that a foreign jaunt was the more stressful of the two, with just 20 per cent saying the same about a camping trip.
EnvironmentThe Daily Telegraph July 25 2012
 
Conservative ministers have backed down on big cuts in subsidies for wind farms in exchange for another review next year and the prospect of a bigger role for gas in Britain's future energy mix. The Coalition will today announce that subsidies for onshore wind turbines will be cut by 10% this year, as proposed by Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary. That will disappoint Conservative backbenchers, many of whom had called for much larger cuts in subsidy, with some Tories backing a 25 per cent reduction.
EnvironmentThe Daily Telegraph July 25 2012
 
The Government had pledged not to sell England’s public forests, in a move hailed as an ‘incredible victory’ for campaigners who fought plans for a sell-off. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman pledged that “our forests will stay in public hands’, more than a year after she was forced into a U-turn on a bid to privatise England’s forests following public outrage. The commitment comes after Independent Panel on Forestry, set up to guide policy on woodlands after the outcry over Government plans, said the estate should remain publicly owned as land held in trust for the nation.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 2nd July 2012
 
Wangari Maathai who died two weeks ago founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, which organises women in poor communities to plant trees. This stops forest loss, restores their source of fuel for cooking and prevents soil erosion. The movement, which has spread to other African countries, has planted over 40 million trees. Professor Maathai inspired an extraordinary United Nations Environment Programme campaign, the Billion Tree Campaign launched in 2006. It got thousands of people across the world to plant trees for their communities and their planet. To date, an astonishing 11 billion trees have been planted. That’s getting on for two each for every person on earth.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 12th October 2011
 
A Christian bookshop caught up in the riots near Clapham Junction in August has reported a ‘blessing’ following the horrific events which took place there. Ulrika Warner director of the Cornerstone Christian bookshop in Lavender Hill said she has seen business grow after the riots. She said: “The Lord protected us – not one single book or Bible has been touched. “Someone started a fire here but he was convicted of having done wrong and came back to put it out.” She added, “Business has increased as people have bought more Bibles than usual.”
EnvironmentChristian Marketplace – October 2011
 
North Staffordshire has the third worst postal service in mainland Britain. Latest Royal Mail figures show just 85.9 per cent of first-class mail was delivered the next day across the ST postcode area between April and June. That is below the 91.5 per cent area target and the national average of 93.1 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, August 30, 2011
 
The Government has made either moderate or no progress on 22 of its 29 low-carbon commitments, according to an analysis published by the Green Alliance think-tank in conjunction with Christian Aid and other groups. The groups’ Climate Check report concludes that the coalition Government has fulfilled or is making progress on seven commitments, but is failing on six and has made little progress on the remaining sixteen.
EnvironmentThe War Cry, 24 September 2011
 
If you have finished the Times crossword and are looking for a new cryptic challenge, Oxford University has just the puzzle for you. It is looking for volunteers to help to find the next lost Gospel. The university is seeking tens of thousands of volunteers to help to transcribe the Greek letters on more than two million pieces of Ancient Egyption papyri.
Researches have found a previously unknown uncanonical ‘gospel’ with stories of Jesus casting out demons…Now ordinary people who need not speak or read a single letter or word of classical Greek, are needed to play a part in translating thousands more of the ancient documents.
EnvironmentSalvationist 6 August 2011
 
A cash-strapped council has been warned by central London churches that it risks losing valuable volunteer-led social services if it introduces Sunday parking charges. Church attendances could be ‘shattered’, say representatives of Churches Together in Westminster…The churches have launched a petition asking the council not to introduce the parking charges…Proposed charges in Oxford were branded a ‘tax on going to church’ by clergy there.
EnvironmentSalvationist 30 July 2011
 
The National Trust has approached the Church Commissioners about establishing a visitor attraction at Auckland Castle telling the story of the Church of England and the Christian heritage of the north of England…Representatives of the National Trust had asked…whether there was “anywhere the story of the Church of England…[was] told, and wouldn’t Auckland Castle be the right place… given that it is one of the cradles of English Christianity”.
EnvironmentSalvationist 30 July 2011
 
The Shard, a skyscraper which will transform London’s landscape, is a potent symbol of the growing significance of Islamic finance, The Financial Times claimed in June.
Dwarfing all other tower blocks at 310 metres, the new landmark near London bridge, will become the highest building anywhere in the European Union. The project has been financed by shari’a-compliant investment. The Financial Times claims that there are certain conditions on the types of businesses that are allowed to occupy the completed building since it has been backed by Islamic finance.
EnvironmentEvangelicals Now August 2011
 
The government has announced controversial plans to introduce a major badger cull in England to tackle TB in cattle. The RSPCA said it was a “black day for badgers”, claiming the scientific case to support the mass slaughter of the animals had not been made. Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, acknowledged there was “great strength of feeling” about the issue but told the Commons: “I believe this is the right way forward.”
EnvironmentThe Sentinel July 20 2011
 
English Heritage is to give an annual award to people who rescue or repair a listed place of worship. The award will be one of four honouring people who save buildings or sites on the country’s Heritage at Risk Register. The first Angel Awards will be presented at a reception at the Palace Theatre in London in the autumn. A panel which includes Andrew Lloyd Webber and Melvyn Bragg will judge the short listed entries.
EnvironmentThe War Cry 25 June 2011
 
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