Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Tuesday 15th October
 
The Government’s first move to sign up to the world’s first “ambitious” climate emissions cuts for the 2020s was welcomed by environmentalists. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne announced to MPs in the House of Commons that ministers had agreed to recommendations committing the UK to reducing emissions by 50 percent on 1990 levels by 2025. The announcement is a victory for the Lib Dem minister after a split within the Cabinet over the emissions targets.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel May 18 2011
 
The Vatican City state is the world’s first carbon neutral state through offsetting its emissions by planting trees and installing solar panels on the Vatican’s rooftops. It also plans to build Europe’s largest solar farm on 740 hectares to the north of Rome. This solar farm will produce enough energy to power over 40,000 home and will exceed the EU‘s renewable energy targets of 20 percent of demand by 2020.
EnvironmentCatholic South West October 2010
 
Children are happier now than in the early 1990s, according to the Children’s Society…but the charity warned that the looming cuts could cause children’s levels of happiness to fall once again. The findings were revealed at the launch of the charity’s new index, which is designed to monitor children’s subjective wellbeing.
EnvironmentSalvationist - 23 October, 2010
 
By 2050, almost 70% of the world’s estimated ten million people will live in cities as the world’s population continues flocking to urban centres, it was reported in August. That percentage has more than doubled since 1950 when fewer than 30% of the world population lived in cities. Churches and mission organizations are increasingly following that trend.
EnvironmentEvangelicals Now October 2010
 
Every speed camera in the county looks set to disappear following central government funding cuts. Oxfordshire County Council is cutting its funding to the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership by £600,000 in a bid to meet £11 million savings. It has resulted in the partnership taking steps to end enforcement in the county and switch off its 72 fixed cameras.
Environment‘The Sentinel’ – July 26, 2010
 
Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers believe they have discovered the remains of Noah’s Ark, reported the Daily Express. Video footage from the team shows a wooden structure embedded in ice and volcanic debris at the top of a Turkish mountain. The group also claim that carbon testing had linked samples from the structure to the time of the biblical story.
EnvironmentThe War Cry, 15 May 2010
 
Driver error and faulty signals meant Tube trains went through red lights 54 times in January 2010, it was revealed yesterday. A London Underground spokesman stressed Tube trains stop automatically after going through danger signals and that while some of the incidents involved driver error, others were due to faulty signals.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – February 16th 2010
 
Staff at the UK’s biggest rock salt mine described Britain’s big freeze as “the worst continuous spell of severe weather in 20 years.”
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 6th January 2010
 
Gordon Brown will launch a £100 billion programme to build thousands of offshore wind turbines in a bid to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets. The prime minister is expected to award a raft of development contracts to build a new generation of offshore wind farms, mainly in the North Sea.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 4th January 2010
 
Governments’ multi-billion-dollar support for biofuels is wreaking social and environmental havoc, a new report for Christian aid has claimed. Biofuels are often hailed as a renewable and clean source of energy. However, Christian Aid is demanding a radical overhaul of the ‘massive’ subsidies and quotas given to their production, arguing that they actually exacerbate climate change in many areas.
EnvironmentSalvationist- August 2009
 
Grants to universities will be linked to their performance against carbon reduction targets from 2011, education chiefs have said. Universities and higher education institutions will need to have their own carbon management plans and their performance against these will be used to assess capital allocations, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said. It will be for the individual institutions to decide, within the national set of targets, how to reduce, measure, review and report progress on their own emissions.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel- 30 July 2009
 
Gordon Brown hailed an “historic” agreement between world powers that they will not allow global temperatures to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius and will cut greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050. The Prime Minister said the deal, by G8 nations in Italy, paved the way for a global agreement at the UN conference in Copenhagen this December.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel- 9 July 2009
 
Changes to the UK’s climate which could increase droughts, floods and heatwaves are inevitable, new research has said. Climate Change Secretary Ed Milliband said it highlighted the need to secure an ambitious new deal on cutting emissions across the world when leaders met in Copenhagen in December.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel- 19 June 2009
 
The low-carbon element of the Government’s economic stimulus package is lagging behind America and China, the Bishop of Liverpool has warned. In a debate on global warming in the House of Lords, Bishop James Jones called for a “culture change throughout society and in government” to enable ambitious carbon reduction targets to be met. “The climate of opinion on this subject needs to change more rapidly than the climate itself if we are to avoid disaster,” he said.
EnvironmentChurch of England- May 2009
 
Green Campaigners and politicians must stop making people feel guilty if they want to change attitudes to action on climate change, the Science and Innovation Minister said. Pessimistic messages about the personal sacrifices required to cut carbon emissions could alienate those whose support was essential to tackling the issue, said Lord Drayson.
EnvironmentSalvationist- June 2009
 
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