Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
Prince Charles has recently warned that the world could be facing a new Dark Age, referring to the ever-encroaching risk of total environmental catastrophe. The Prince discussed the matter with Pope Benedict XVI on his recent visit to the Vatican.
EnvironmentThird Way– June 2009
 
Over-fishing, pollution and a failure to protect marine wildlife is leading to ecological disaster for the UK’s seas. A report from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) warns that, without action, rising numbers of species will become extinct and ecosystems will fail. The MCS is renewing calls for a Marine Bill to create highly protected areas in the seas.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 13th October 2008
 
Gangs of rival birds behave “like football fans”, chanting battle-songs and commiserating with each other after losing a contest scientists revealed today.
Researchers examining the behaviour of the South African Green Woodhoopoe found the birds “engaged in raucous vocal displays akin to opposing football supporters chanting at one another”.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – September 3rd
 
The number of obese horses in Britain has seen a major increase, an animal charity has said.
World House Welfare found that 81 per cent of the 230 horses it weighed across the UK were over weight.
It says obesity can strain a horse’s heart and lungs or cause laminitis, a condition where foot bones rotate and push through the sole.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – August 20th 2008
 
Britons should start abandoning meat to save the environment, says a world authority on climate change.
It is claimed that changing diet is more important than cutting down on car usage to reduce households’ greenhouse gas output.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – September 8th 2008
 
Scottish farmers are blaming sea eagles for the deaths of hundreds of lambs. The birds of prey were brought from Norway as chicks and raised in aviaries before being released into the north-west Highlands as part of a conservation project. But farmers claim the eagles have killed more than 200 lambs. William Fraser, chairman of Gairloch and Poolewe branch of the Crofting Foundation, said: “One woman has lost 50 % of her animals.”

EnvironmentThe Sentinel - September 23rd 2008
 
Sir David Attenborough today announced a network of Butterfly Survival Zones in a bid to save some of the country’s rarest species from possible extinction. The presenter, who fears we are entering a “post-butterfly era”, said a national strategy was needed to reverse the steep fall in numbers.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - July 17th 2008
 
Gas prices are likely to soar and remain high, it has been reported. Channel Four News said it had seen an internal report for the company Centrica which suggested gas prices could rise by 70 per cent. Jake Ulrich, managing director of Centrica Energy, told the programme: “I think it is going to hit people hard.” He admitted that gas price rises were likely to lead to a “potentially significant” rise in the number of people in fuel poverty.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - July 18th 2008
 
International development agency Christian Aid says that G8’s agreement to halve carbon emissions by 2050 was a step in the right direction, but would not be enough to halt global warming while allowing poor countries to develop in a sustainable way. Its senior climate change policy analyst Nelson Muffuh argues: ‘The science says that
global cuts of at least 80 percent by 2050 are necessary if temperature rises are to be kept below 2C.’
EnvironmentThe War Cry - 19th July 2008
 
The government said pilot schemes testing micro-chipped wheelie bins will go ahead even though one council which tried out the technology scrapped it after it “failed to work”. The micro-chips enable bins to be weighed by the refuse lorry so the amount each household recycles and throws away can be checked. South Norfolk Council became the first in England to use the scheme which it introduced in 2002.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - June 17th 2008
 
Sainsbury’s announced plans today to halve the number of disposable plastic bags used by customers over the next year. The supermarket chain said it would reward customers who reused bags with store points. It also pledged that its disposable bags would be made of 50% recycled content by June this year, up from the current 33%.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, April 17th 2008.
 
The worrying fact is that, we are disposing more waste now than ever before even though there are many active environmentally conscious campaigns at present. If we think about it – plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose. A recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours. Also, recycling plastic allows for conservation of non-renewable fossil fuels. Few people know that glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfill will never decompose. Ironically, it is one of the few materials that is 100 per cent and recyclable and can be used again and again. For every tonne of recycled glass used, 1.2 tonnes of raw materials are preserved.
EnvironmentThe Main Event April 2008
 
A map of Britian’s flora and fauna produced in 2002 showed that habitats here are being destroyed by pollution from cars and lorries. Area’s in particular decline are chalk and limestone grasslands, heaths and bogs. Ten species familiar to our grandparents have been lost entirely from the British countryside since 1930. And this is a trend that’s likely to continue. But A Rocha’s passion is to conserve environments and stop this happening. “We will see some very sad things in terms of extinction and destruction of habitats,” says Bookless. “There’s a real urgency about this. We have 10 to 15 years at most in which our lifestyles, our economic system and our dependency on fossil fuels need to change if we are to give the world a long-term future. We are already seeing changing habitats in th UK. We are losing species”.
EnvironmentIdea May/June 2008
 
A bid to source half of all milk packaging from recycled materials by 2020 is one of a series of goals unveiled today to make the dairy industry greener. The Milk Roadmap, launched by the industry and the Environment Department (Defra), also outlines plans to cut green – house gas emissions from dairy farms by 20 – 30 per cent by 2020. Defra said the roadmap aimed to address the environmental consequences of producing liquid milk through the supply chain from farms to retailers. Milk and meat production account for around seven per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel May 2nd 2008
 
The sight of a different kind of “hoodie” is becoming increasingly common in the UK’s city centres – the peregrine falcon, the RSPB said today. Changing landscapes and increasing numbers of the black-hooded bird of prey has meant peregrines, once associated with cliffs and wild crags, are becoming a regular sight in city streets.
EnvironmentEvening Sentinel - March 31st 2008
 
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