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Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Credit – David Jones

Published on the BBC News website on the 16th April 2018
By Mary Halton
Science reporter, BBC News

 

Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics.

PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment.

The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a few days.

This could revolutionise the recycling process, allowing plastics to be re-used more effectively.

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Green campaigners welcome pack-up order for drillers at South Downs National Park beauty spot

Markwells Wood on a summer evening in 2013, Credit: South Downs National Park Authority.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 22nd March 2018

 

CAMPAIGNERS from Friends of the Earth have welcomed news United Kingdom Oil and Gas (UKOG) drillers have been asked to leave a beauty spot at the South Downs National Park.

As previously reported, the firm had announced plans to acid frack from four wells at Markwells Wood, near Rowlands Castle – but were served a notice to pack up their equipment and restore the site last week.

Brenda Pollack, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘This appears to be the nail in the coffin for UKOG at Markwells Wood and something local residents will really welcome. It’s shocking that this site within ancient woodland and the South Downs National Park should even have a government license for oil exploration.’

Joy for campaigners as oil drillers are told to leave South Downs National Park

Campaigners from the Markwells Wood Watch at one of their meetings in 2017, Picture by Emily Mott

Published in the Portsmouth News on 22nd March 2018

 

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating a long-awaited victory after oil drillers were told to pack up and leave a regional beauty spot.

Markwells Wood Watch has spent the past two years locking horns with UK Oil and Gas (Ukog) over its plans to extract fuel from four wells at the South Downs National Park.

The firm had earmarked an acidisation site at Forestside near Rowlands Castle, but has now been told to remove its equipment and restore the area by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

Emily Mott, of Markwells Wood Watch, said: ‘Markwells Wood is an ancient woodland in the middle of a national park.

‘We are absolutely thrilled that Ukog has been told to withdraw all their equipment and restore the site.’

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