Pollution & Climate Change

Pollution & Climate Change

Are storms getting heavier? Where exactly are the oceanic garbage patches? And what's being done?

 

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/18/the-…

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www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/plastic-…

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enterprise.dji.com/news/detail/water-sampling-with…

At last - an application for drones that doesn't centre of violation of people's right to privacy!

"Pit lake water sampling is a treacherous, high-risk activity commonly performed by environmental staff at active mine sites around the world...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/13/bathin…

"Water companies in England should each designate a stretch of river as bathing water by 2025 to drive the cleanup of a chemical cocktail of sewage, agricultural waste and plastic pollution that is suffocating biodiversity and risking public...
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www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/bacteria…

"Species that can cause illness in humans were detected in samples from three of these: Chichester Harbour, Osea Island and Whitstable Bay.

Dr Wagley said: “Increasing abundance and diversity of Vibrio bacteria creates health risks not only for...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/11/meet-m…

"Research in 2017 found that 10 river systems transport 90% of all the plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans (two in Africa – the Nile and Niger – with the other eight in Asia: the Ganges, Indus, Yellow, Yangtze, Haihe, Pearl, Mekong and...
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Some good news for a change..

www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/14/bugs-a…

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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/29/nurdle…

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www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19718420.dorset-oys…

"The director of Dorset Oysters said they’ve not had any complaints from their products but claimed the food wouldn’t be contaminated if Wessex Water weren’t “pumping sewage” into the sea. "

"A Wessex Water spokesman said it doesn’t pump sewage into the...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/14/swimmi…

"In the course of her tour at Swalecliffe, Burtt-Jones asked the Southern Water representative if at the very least the company would agree to pay for technology that could monitor sea water safety in real time. “The bloke behaved as if that idea had...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/08/move-t…

"A government compromise aimed, ministers said, at cutting raw sewage dumping by water companies was passed by MPs on Monday after Conservative rebels backed ministers."

"The government amendment passed on Monday states: “A sewerage undertaker...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/01/uk-ran…

(This article is from June 1st 2021 but it is increasingly relevant)

"The 2020 data will be the last to include the UK. The EEA includes EU member states and non-members such as Turkey, Iceland and Switzerland, but the UK has chosen to opt out of...
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Phil Graphic from the Guardian article showing how we ranked in 2020 for water quality relative to Europe 3 months ago
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www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/government-george-eusti…

"The Government has climbed down over refusing to implement legal controls on water companies to prevent them from dumping raw sewage into rivers and seas following a voter backlash.

Labour has accused ministers of conducting a U-turn in the face of...
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Phil So how did your MP vote on this bill - you can find out here www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/heres-every-tor… - the list is in alphabetic order which is useful as there are so many of them. Loading content, please wait. 3 months ago
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Phil My local MP Sir Robert Syms - conservative MP for Poole, voted against the bill. His surgery is on Sandbanks Road less than two miles from the Holes Bay outlet. 3 months ago
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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-59040175

The House of Lords will push back but this comment from Tory MP Julie Marsden who voted against the bill was interesting:

"..the existing legislation already placed a new duty on water companies to continuously monitor the water quality upstream and...
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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10128255/Water-fi…

"Britain's polluted beaches and rivers: Maps reveal beauty spots where sewage is dumped by water firms as campaigners demand end to practice after MPs voted against amendment"

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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/mps-se…

"Government opposes proposed amendment to environment bill designed to protect rivers"

..this despite it being approved by the House of Lords. I fully agree with SAS - it doesn't make any sense and seems to go completely against current thinking on...
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amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/boss-o…

"The heads of the five largest privatised companies – Southern Water, South West Water, Northumbrian, Severn Trent and Thames Water – were questioned on Wednesday over discharges of raw effluent into rivers.

Just 14% of rivers in England are...
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www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/toilet…

More on Mar Menor - the festering lagoon in the Med

The latest culprit for killing all the fish and turning the sea cloudy are the thousands of piggeries discharging into what is semi-stagnant water.

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Something that I've not heard of before - creating 'ocean pastures' to sequester CO2 from the water in the form of kelp.

"In nature, sprinklings of iron-rich dust blow from deserts or volcanic eruptions, onto the surface of deep oceans, generating – in a matter of months – rich ocean pastures,...
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www.sas.org.uk/news/exposed-dirty-dozen

Here's the full SAS report without spin

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