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/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 1 month 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. 1 month 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. 1 month 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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www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/11/coca-cola…

The main offenders, termed the Dirty Dozen, are " Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, AB InBev, McDonald’s, Mondelēz International, Heineken, Tesco, Carlsberg Group, Suntory, Haribo, Mars and Aldi."

SAS is calling for a deposit return scheme.. possibly a good...
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amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/14/los-angele…

"There’s a protocol in place that requires immediate closing of beaches when there’s a raw sewage spill"

Imagine that..

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amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/13/wate…

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Southern Water fined record £90m for dumping raw sewage www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-57777935

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Phil The article trended as the top result on Google (nothing typed into the search box) which suggests it's a hot topic 5 months ago
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www.hakaimagazine.com/news/petrifying-climate-chan…

"A new method for combatting climate change feels like a bit of modern-day alchemy: scientists have figured out how to take carbon dioxide out of the ocean and turn it into harmless rock.

For every tonne of carbon dioxide we pump into the air,...
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theconversation.com/plastic-pollution-scientists-t…

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www.wired.com/story/where-shoes-ordered-check-ocea…

"You can blame the weather, a surge in US imports tied to the pandemic, or a phenomenon known as parametric rolling..."

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