Glyphosate, is the active ingredient in commonly used herbicides in most European countries and the US. and is promoted as a relatively safe, non-toxic chemical.
It may however be implicated in a range of health issues and was described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 as ‘probably carcinogenic’.
Some countries want to limit the use of glyphosate, and since 2012 the EU has been considering the future licensing, it is recommending restrictions on the use of glyphosate in public parks, playgrounds and gardens.
Like many councils Havant sprays glyphosate mixed with other chemicals in public places twice a year.
We, the undersigned, call on Havant Borough Council to end the spraying of glyphosate based products in all public areas, and request that the council would consider trialling a non chemical based solution at the earliest opportunity.
This petition asks the council to debate the issue in council and consider joining other authorities in developing non-toxic alternatives.
To have this petition debated by Havant Borough Council we need at least 1500 signatures. If you agree and live in the Havant Borough area please add your name to our petition.
Only Havant Borough residents need only apply
CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to be above 400 parts per million on average over 2016 and will not dip below that mark for generations, UN says
The WMO predicts carbon dioxide concentrations will stay above the symbolic 400ppm for the whole of 2016 and reach new highs. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images
Published on The Guardian website on the 24th October 2016
The world is in a new era of “climate change reality”, with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaching a symbolic threshold which it will not fall below for many generations, scientists have said.
Continue reading ‘New era of climate change reality’ as emissions hit symbolic threshold
Havant & District Horticultural Society are hosting an interesting talk by Alan Martin about Costa Rica, including an eco tour where 99% of energy needs are met from renewable sources.
26th October 2016
Havant United Reformed Church Hall
Site at Markwells Wood
Published in the Portsmouth News on the 20th October 2016
A BID to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park has come under fire.
Environmentalists have accused United Kingdom Oil & Gas Investments PLC of not disclosing enough information regarding the chemicals in the extraction process.
The investment firm has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority for 20 years of oil extraction at Markwells Wood, Forestside, near Rowlands Castle.
Campaigners say UKOG has been unclear about who would be responsible for the clean-up of the site if there was a pollution accident.
Continue reading Criticisms of South Downs oil drilling application intensify