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Acres of 'poor quality' Hampshire farmland could be 're-greened' to solve nitrogen pollution problem

Published in The News on the 25th February 2020
Story by Fiona Callingham

 

ACRES of some of Hampshire’s ‘poor quality’ farmland could be ‘re-greened’ in a bid to reduce pollution and allow housebuilding to resume.

Work to build new homes across the south of Hampshire was postponed last year after Natural England ruled the amount of nitrogen spilling into the Solent as a result was damaging to wildlife.

It is thought more than 7,000 homes in the county were put on hold while councils scrambled to find solutions.

Now the Partnership for South Hampshire (Push), which is made up of local authorities, has revealed what could be a permanent fix to the problem.

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Havant planning application APP/19/01101 - Campdown

The UK may be about to be separated from Europe politically but bird interest groups from both sides of the English Channel are united in their fight to save fields vitally important to over-wintering waders and geese; see objection letters from the RSPB, International Wader Study Group, Global Flyway Network and many others on Havant Council’s planning page. Every year thousands of shorebirds fly down the East-Atlantic Flyway from northern Europe to spend the winter in food-rich harbours and estuaries along the south coast of England.

Havant Borough Council, along with many other local authorities in the south, have been told by the Government to build thousands of new homes, in Havant’s case more than 11,000, by the year 2036. Havant is a relatively small borough just 21.4 square miles in area but it includes internationally protected shorelines around Hayling Island, Chichester Harbour and Langstone Harbour.

This Government pressure has forced HBC to consider allowing development on land that has up till now been deemed sacrosanct. What has got ornithologists in fighting mood is the proposal by developer Persimmon to build 780 new dwellings on green fields south of South Downs College between College Road, Crookhorn and the A3M motorway.

Photo: Google Earth

View looking south east from above South Downs College. The A3(M) motorway can be seen leading south towards Langstone Harbour in the distance. There are also plans to build 97 houses on the college car park shown in the foreground.

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Biggest food brands 'failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation'

Commitments to phase out deforestation by 2020 are out of reach for many, reports find

The race to satisfy growing demand of palm oil has resulted in vast plantations replacing native forests. Photograph: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty

Published on The Guardian website on the 17th January 2020
Story by Fiona Harvey Environment Correspondent

 

Some of the world’s biggest brands are failing in their commitments to banish deforestation from their supply chains through their use of palm oil, despite making public claims to environmental sustainability, according to two reports.

Scores of the world’s biggest consumer brands have agreed to phase out deforestation through the use of sustainable palm oil by 2020, but this goal looks far out of reach for many, according to separate reports from the campaigning groups WWF and Rainforest Action Network.

Many of the companies highlighted as performing poorly or missing targets are household names, including Kellogg’s, Mondelez and General Mills, whose brands include Yoplait and Häagen-Dazs. In the UK, major brands such as Greggs, Warburtons, Reckitt Benckiser and Associated British Foods also ranked relatively low in the table.

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