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Fight over future of Langstone field as owners confirm talks with housing developers – despite Havant council’s no-build covenant

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 27th October 2018
Story by Byron Melton

 

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to fight controversial plans for housing on land historically placed off-limits by the council.

It comes as the future of Southmere Field is thrust into uncertainty after its owner confirmed they are in talks with residential developers.

The nine-acre Langstone Road site, between Havant and Hayling Island, is protected by a no-build covenant imposed by Havant Borough Council in 1980.

Its owner Fasset Limited said no sale of the land is being advertised but admitted it is trying to get the site included in the council’s local plan.

Havant campaigner and historian, Ann Griffiths, said any development on the site would be a ‘disaster for the wider community’.

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Plastic recycling crisis as first council plans to tell households to bin plastic

Swindon has said it wants households to put mixed plastic items, such as yogurt pots and plastic trays, in the bin with regular waste CREDIT – MAARIGARD

Published on The Telegraph website on the 18th October 2018
Story by Katie Morley, Consumer Affairs Editor

 

The first council in the UK has said it is planning to tell residents to stop recycling mixed plastic, sparking fears that years of progress on reducing black bag waste is on the verge of going into reverse.

It comes as the Environment Agency is understood to be investigating the plastics recycling industry over claims that millions of tonnes of plastic is never actually recycled, meaning consumers may have been wasting time separating plastic waste.

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Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists

The secretive indri (Indri indri) of Madagascar, the largest living lemur. It is also critically endangered and highly evolutionarily distinct with no close relatives, which makes its branch one of most precarious on the mammal evolutionary tree. In the likely event that the indri goes extinct, we will lose 19m years of unique evolutionary history from the mammal tree of life. Photograph: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Aarhus UniversityThe secretive indri (Indri indri) of Madagascar, the largest living lemur. It is also critically endangered and highly evolutionarily distinct with no close relatives, which makes its branch one of most precarious on the mammal evolutionary tree. In the likely event that the indri goes extinct, we will lose 19m years of unique evolutionary history from the mammal tree of life. Photograph: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Aarhus University

Published on The Guardian website on the 15th October 2018
Story by Damian Carrington, Environment Editor

 

More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis.

More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5bn years.

Furthermore, even if the destruction of wild areas, poaching and pollution were ended within 50 years and extinction rates fell back to natural levels, it would still take 5-7 million years for the natural world to recover.

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