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Hampshire wildlife trust welcomes government plan to protect environment

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 12th January 2018


THE organisation looking after the county’s wildlife has welcomed plans to protect the environment.

Debbie Tann, chief executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said she was pleased with some of the proposals in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

The plan was published yesterday following an announcement by prime minister Theresa May.

Ms Tann said: ‘The PM set out an ambitious vision and it’s encouraging to hear the government naming some of the environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and indeed globally.

‘This includes plastic pollution, wildlife declines, climate change and increasing developments.

‘I’m particularly pleased to hear mention of embedding “environmental net gain” in new developments, which echoes what we at the Wildlife Trusts have set out in our nature-friendly housing vision.

‘If we are to have any hope of reversing wildlife declines this needs to become the new norm along with the creation of a nature recovery network of bigger, better and connected spaces for wildlife.’

The government’s plan aims to achieve long-term goals in six areas.

They include clean air, clean and plentiful water, thriving plants and wildlife, a reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards, using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently and enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment.

UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

Published on the BBC News website on the 28th December 2017

Wind farms helped the UK experience its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution (PA)

The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation’s electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal.

The rise of renewable energy helped break 13 clean energy records in 2017.

In June, for the first time, wind, nuclear and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal combined.

Britain has halved carbon emissions in the electricity sector since 2012 to provide the fourth cleanest power system in Europe and seventh worldwide.

In April, the UK had its first 24-hour period without using any coal power since the Industrial Revolution.

The government is committed to phasing out unabated coal by 2025 as part of efforts to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations.

Separate findings from power research group MyGridGB show that renewable energy sources provided more power than coal for 90% of 2017, figures up to 12 December show.

British wind farms produced more electricity than coal plants on more than 75% of days this year.

This changing landscape saw the cost of offshore wind power fall below the price of nuclear for the first time.

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Campaigners call for people to do more to improve recycling rates

Published in the Portsmouth News on 11th December 2017

Story by David George


PEOPLE are being urged to recycle more and put less waste in their bins.

It comes after new statistics have revealed that regionally, people are not cutting down on waste or increasing recycling rates.

The figures, released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, show that there has been no major change in the amount of waste people are throwing away across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant in the past year.

Ray Cobbett from Havant Friends of the Earth says that this has been a long-term trend now.

Continue reading Campaigners call for people to do more to improve recycling rates

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