Water firms discharged raw sewage into English waters 400,000 times last year

Data published for first time by Environment Agency shows 27% increase on previous yearWater companies discharged raw sewage into rivers and coastal waters in England more than 400,000 times last year, Environment Agency (EA) data has revealed.Untreated human effluent poured into rivers and seas for a total of 3.1m hours via storm overflow pipes that are supposed to be used only in extreme weather to relieve pressure in the sewage system. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/31/water-firms-discharged-raw-sewage-into-english-waters-400000-times-last-year

Seaspiracy: Netflix documentary accused of misrepresentation by participants

NGOs and experts quoted in film say it contains ‘misleading’ claims, erroneous statistics and out-of-context interviewsA Netflix documentary about the impacts of commercial fishing has attracted celebrity endorsements and plaudits from fans with its damning picture of the harm the industry does to ocean life. But NGOs, sustainability labels and experts quoted in Seaspiracy have accused the film-makers of making “misleading claims”, using out-of-context interviews and erroneous statistics.Seaspiracy, made by the team behind the award-winning 2014 film Cowspiracy, which was backed by Leonardo Di Caprio, pours doubt on the idea of sustainable fishing, shines a spotlight on the aquaculture industry……

How to test your drinking water – and what to do if it's contaminated

Our lab tests found that US drinking water might not be safe as you think. Take our test to learn how to test your waterFinding out what’s in your water and which water filter you need isn’t always straightforward. You need to find out which, if any, contaminants are in your tap water, and which filter works best for your situation. Plus, advice can vary depending on whether you’re on municipal or well water, and whether you have young children at home.This interactive will help you navigate the issues, especially related to three of the most concerning contaminants: lead, arsenic,……

Who pays for Suez blockage? Ever Given grounding could spark years of litigation

Ship likely to be centre of protracted legal battle over what caused it to run aground in the Suez and who is to blameAfter hauling its 220,000-ton bulk down the Suez canal a week after blocking the essential waterway, the Ever Given container ship is likely to become the centre of a protracted battle over who will pay for its rescue.The 400-metre-long vessel was aground on the banks of the Suez canal for a week, causing an estimated £7bn loss each day in trade owing to ships stuck on either side, and up to £10.9m a day for the canal.……

‘Oi Barclays, clean your act up!’ – Extinction Rebellion Dirty Scrubbers pay a visit to Barclays HQ

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:  +44(0)7986671716Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#RepairHarm #BarclaysUK #FossilBanks #MoneyRebellion This morning Extinction Rebellion Dirty Scrubbers took their theatrical protest to Barclays Bank headquarters in Canary Wharf with a letter to the bank demanding it ‘clean its act up!’ The scrubbers were armed with a ‘wobbly washing machine’ and a bubble machine. They washed the blood, oil, and greenwash out of Barclays’ dirty money and cleaned the black carbon out of Barclays’ arctic exploration in a theatrical performance designed to highlight the role of banks in the climate and ecological emergency.  The performance today is part of a wave of actions by XR’s…

Canada declares fish fraud crackdown but leaves out restaurants

New study released after Guardian Seascape investigation shows drop in seafood mislabelling, but campaigners argue it uses less strict methodologyCanada’s food safety authority has announced improved monitoring to tackle seafood fraud, after a recent Guardian Seascape analysis found fish mislabelling to be widespread. However,environmental campaigners are concerned samples taken for a key report behind the announcement did not include restaurants and food services and used a less accurate methodology. In its latest report, released on 24 March, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said only 8% of the seafood it had sampled in the past two years was mislabelled, after……

What is that weird, tingling feeling? Could it possibly be … hope? | Joel Golby

The arrival of spring and the easing of lockdown has brought new optimism. Please don’t batter it into submission again I went off spring for a while. When you’re a kid, spring is a time as thick and ripe with ritual as Halloween or Christmas – pancake day, then daffodils, becoming very obsessed with lambs being born for some reason, then Easter itself, where your school takes a brief trip to a local church (“That guy got murdered, look! That guy got murdered in the gothest way possible. Anyway, here’s some chocolate – ”), and then sunlight ripples through the……

UK criticised for ignoring Paris climate goals in infrastructure decisions

Exclusive: scientists write to ministers and supreme court over recent ruling in Heathrow caseProminent scientists and lawyers have said the UK government’s decision to ignore the Paris climate agreement when deciding on major infrastructure projects undermines its presidency of UN climate talks this year.The experts – including the former Nasa scientist Jim Hansen, the former UK government chief scientist Sir David King and the economist Prof Jeffrey Sachs – have written to ministers and the supreme court about a recent ruling that the government need not take the UK’s obligations under the treaty into account when setting policy, made in……

BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook breaks window at Barclays Bank in act of civil disobedience

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone:  +44(0)7986671716Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#RepairHarm #BarclaysUK #FossilBanks #MoneyRebellion #HSBC Dr Gail Bradbrook, one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion broke the window of Barclays Bank in Stroud at around 6am this morning. The action was carried out carefully before opening hours in order to reduce any risk of harm. Dr Bradbrook is already awaiting trial for alleged criminal damage at the Department for Transport in October 2019. [1] The action is part of XR’s Money Rebellion, [2] which draws on a history of civil disobedience using window breaking and seeks to expose the role of banks in the climate and ecological crisis alongside…

'It's hard, we're neighbours': the coalmine polluting friendships on Poland's borders

Czechs and Germans who live in the shadow of the vast Turów mine claim it is an environmental menace. Some in Poland want to weaponise its defenceWhen the Czech government announced it was taking Poland to Europe’s highest court it came as a surprise to Warsaw. After all, EU countries rarely sue one another. Prague’s demand is a politically explosive one. Not only is it challenging the extension of mining activity at Turów, a vast lignite mine that has been in operation for nearly 100 years, it also wants the European court of justice to order its immediate closure.Sandwiched between……

Average westerner's eating habits lead to loss of four trees every year

Research links consumption of foods such as coffee and chocolate to global deforestationThe average western consumer of coffee, chocolate, beef, palm oil and other commodities is responsible for the felling of four trees every year, many in wildlife-rich tropical forests, research has calculated.Destruction of forests is a major cause of both the climate crisis and plunging wildlife populations, as natural ecosystems are razed for farming. The study is the first to fully link high-resolution maps of global deforestation to the wide range of commodities imported by each country across the world. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/29/average-westerners-eating-habits-lead-to-loss-of-four-trees-every-year

Fancy a deep red? The rise of underwater wineries

After bottles were recovered in top shape from a first world war shipwreck, winemakers have started to exploit the sea’s cool, dark environmentSlipping into the chilly waters of the Baltic sea, the divers descended more than 60 metres to where the masts of the Jönköping lay strewn across the seabed. They glided past the wounds left when the Swedish schooner was sunk by a German U-boat in 1916 to home in on the rare treasure they had come for: thousands of bottles of 1907 Heidsieck champagne. Related: Champagne found at sea turns out to be world’s oldest vintage Continue reading……

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