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Calls to defer Emsworth homes plan to Environment Agency amid ‘horrifying’ flood and nature risks

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 6th August 2018
Story by Byron Melton

 

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a planning application to be deferred to the Environment Agency amid fears a development could lead to flooding. 

Residents have said Hampshire Homes’ plans for 46 homes east of Westwood Close, in Emsworth, could ‘pose a serious threat’ to the local water table after they were lodged with Havant Borough Council (HBC).

The build is pencilled for flood zone one land close to the River Ems – which according to the Environment Agency has less than a 0.1 per cent chance of flooding.

However, areas surrounding the site fall into flood zones two and three which face a one per cent chance or greater of flooding from rivers in any given year.

Chairman of Havant Friends of the Earth, Ray Cobbett, says the proposals must be deferred so a development’s full, potential impact on the River Ems can be assessed.

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Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers

Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects

The Trump administration has rolled back a series of Obama-era environmental restrictions. Photograph: Larry W. Smith/EPA

Published on The Guardian website on 4th August 2018

 

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.

Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the two-year-old ban, said on Friday that lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects and other sensitive creatures relying on toxic-free habitats afforded by wildlife refuges.

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Plastic food pots and trays are often unrecyclable, say councils

Councils are sending two thirds of plastic food tubs and trays to landfill. GETTY IMAGES

Published on the BBC News website on the 4th April 2018
Story by Matt McGrath, Environmental Correspondent

 

Most of the plastic food containers that householders wash out after use and put in the recycling bin cannot actually be recycled, it has emerged.

The mixture of plastics used in many yogurt pots, ready meal trays and other containers limits the ability of councils to recycle them.

The Local Government Association says that only a third can be reused. The rest get sent to landfill.

The plastics industry said it was committed to reducing waste.

The British Plastics Federation said firms needed a financial incentive to choose more recyclable plastics.

The LGA says the government should consider a ban on low-grade plastics.

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