Key Quotes - Environment

Key Quotes - Environment

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Last update: Wednesday 16th October
 
Woodland birds once common across Britain and Europe are declining. Species like the nightingale, lesser spotted woodpecker and wryneck have reduced significantly, says a recent report in the scientific journal Ibis. Bird Population Studies across 20 European countries revealed that some woodland bird numbers had fallen by up to 20% in the past two decades. A third of the 90 forest birds examined have declined since the 1980s.
EnvironmentEvangelical Times - January 2008.
 
Every household in Britain could be powered by off shore wind farms under major expansion plans being announced by the government today. Up to 7,000 turbines could be installed around d the UK’s coastline in a bid to boost the wind energy produced 60 fold by 2020. Business secretary John Hutton admitted the “step change” would alter the face of the waters around the country with the equivalent of two turbines to every mile.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - December 10th 2007.
 
Britain’s drinking water is under threat from medicines and cosmetics flushed down the drains of millions of households, a report claimed today. The Royal society of Chemistry (RSC) report claimed today. The Royal Society off Chemistry (RSC) report warns that treatment works are unable to remove all these substances, leaving some of them to contaminate water supplies.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - December 10th 2007
 
A report into flooding which affected more than 10,000 homes, schools and businesses has criticised a water company for failing to take effective preventative measures despite repeated warnings about the risk. The Independent Review Body’s report into floods in Hull in June, said Yorkshire Water had commissioned several reports into its flood measures in the past 11 years but had been unable to prove it had taken action to meet many of the recommendations The water company is also accused of overestimating the capacity of its equipment to deal with heavy rain, a failing which the report said had probably contributed to thousands of pounds worth of damage.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - November 2007
 
International action is urgently needed to protect Antarctica and conserve species such as whales, albatrosses and penguins, environmentalists warned today. The WWF said the world’s last great wilderness was under threat from climate change, unsustainable fishing and the spread of non-native species. The environmental charity is demanding marine protected areas to cover millions of square kilometres of the Southern Ocean by 2012.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - October 17th, 2007
 
Up to 40 per cent of packaging used by leading supermarkets cannot be recycled, a report says. Britain will fail to hit recycling targets unless big food chains cut back on excessive packaging, the Local Government Association warned. Marks & Spencer was the retailer which used the lowest percentage of packaging which could be recycled, the survey found.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - October 23rd, 2007
 
Britain could cut out carbon emissions to zero in 20 years –but only if people accept a virtual end to air travel and stop using fuel-driven cars, a report said today. Meat would also need to disappear off menus and an “armada” of wind turbines must be built around the coast to achieve the goal says the new research. Money would meanwhile be overtaken in importance by carbon credits traded by everyone. The radical vision was put forward by scientists from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). They set themselves the task of seeing of Britain could cut fossil fuel emissions to zero by 2027. They claim such a cut is possible and may be the only way to tackle climate change which threatens to spiral out of control.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - July 9th 2007
 
68 per cent of Britons believe climate change is already happening, but 51 per cent think it will have little or no immediate effect. 27 per cent admit they are doing nothing to combat climate change, and 70 per cent say it’s up to the Government to take a lead by passing laws.
EnvironmentSalvationist (The Week) - 14 July 2007
 
‘I’m totally opposed to the “supermarketisation” of the land. Our local shops are disappearing in front of us…it’s destroying our communities’ says John Bird, founder and editor-in-cheief of the Big Issue magazine. Accordingly he and his daughter Diana have launched the Wedge Card- a new scheme aimed at restoring and supporting community through incentivising consumers to use local shops and services. The scheme has been initially launched in central London.

EnvironmentFaithworks, Summer 2007
 
The climate change bill needs to change in these ways:
•Setting realistic targets. The UK government is committed to keeping the rise in global average temperatures under 2oC but the draft bill’s 60% emission reduction target by 2050 is not enough to achieve this. Cuts of 85%-90% will probably be needed by then.
•Aviation and shipping emissions should be included in CO2 reduction targets but the draft bill excludes our share of these. If we achieve our target while they keep growing at current rates the real world drop in the UK’s contribution will only be 24%.
•Legally binding three-year carbon budgets with annual milestones to keep emission reduction on track and prevent governments passing the buck to their successors.

EnvironmentF2+Reform, July/August 2007
 
The Government needs to spend £750 million a year on flood defences to protect homes from the effects of climate change. British Insurers said today. In a manifesto on climate change, the Association of British Insurers urged ministers to tackle the consequences of adverse weather. The group sought a commitment that hospitals and schools would be built to cope with the environment of 2050.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel 18th June 2007
 
Workers should have access to the English coastline the Government said today. Environment Secretary, David Miliband said he wants to open up the whole of the coastal area to the public. At present parts of the coast are out of bounds, forcing ramblers to make long detours inland. Ministers favour a strip allowing access along the full length of the coast as well as to headlands, coves and beaches.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel 19th June 2007
 
Recent research conducted by Continental Research investigated business attitudes towards green issues and discovered some interesting findings.

"Almost 1 in 2 corporate businesses believe that global warming is not a serious issue. Only half of UK businesses use recycled paper and only a fifth use green fuelled company vehicles. Measures currently taken by companies to help the environment include turning off lights when they’re not being used (90%), then recycling paper (76%), closely followed by switching off computers and printers (72%). Three quarters of £5m+ businesses recycle old computers, which is more than twice the country’s average.

On the flip side, 45% of all UK businesses either have or are developing a formal policy towards environmental or social responsibility issues with 63 per cent think that climate change is as much their company’s responsibility as it is a government issue. Despite this, UK business feels that they could get more assistance from the government, 75% of companies with £20m+ turnover believe their companies would take more action to save energy if there was clearer guidance from government of how to save energy.”
EnvironmentContinental’s Business Omnibus - April / May
 
On current trends, average global temperatures will rise 2 to 3 degrees Celsius in 50 years. The global power sector will have to be at least 60% decarbonised by 2050 to stabilize greenhouse gases. Deforestation emissions are estimated to represent more than 18% of global emissions, more than the global transport sector. The poorest developing countries will be hit earliest and hardest by climate change.

EnvironmentIdea – January/February 2007
 
Harbour porpoises in British waters are starving to death because of the effects of global climate change. Warmer sea are affecting the availability of sand eels, which their staple food source.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 10th January 2007
 
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