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Nitrogen footprint warning from European agencyGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
New study says nitrogen pollution costs every person in Europe £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife. Nitrogen pollution is costing every person in Europe up to £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife, a study warns. Scientists behind the research said nitrogen was needed as fertiliser to help feed a growing world population - but suggested that eating less meat could reduce the amount of pollution caused by agriculture.
Shale gas stirs ecology fears in South Africa's KarooReuters | 08 Apr 2011
South Africa's Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country's energy problems -- but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.
Wild Atlantic salmon 'under threat' from escaped farmed fish and sea liceGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Scottish salmon industry criticised by leading anglers group which says government fish farm inspections are 'too lenient'. Fish farms are being frequently hit by parasite infestations and mass escapes that threaten the survival of the UK's wild salmon stocks, a leading anglers' group has said....
Do cyclists pose a threat to people with disabilities?Guardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
A Surrey town has banned cycling in the pedestrianised centre after lobbying from groups representing people with disabilities. Cycling England has come to an end and the backpedalling on some of its successful schemes has already started. Woking, a commuter town in Surrey, last week decided to ban cycling in the centre of town for much of the day. Until now Woking has done a good job as a cycling town.
All road users must be held accountableGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
We must bring equal protection and the potential for equal punishment to everyone on the road. Last week I presented a 10 minute rule bill in the House of Commons called "dangerous and reckless cycling (offences)". In 2007, Rhiannon Bennett was walking with friends on a pavement when a cyclist approached at speed yelling, "Move, because I'm not stopping." He hit Rhiannon who fell and smashed her head on the kerb. She was taken to hospital but died six days later.
Longer lorries in UK will increase road deathsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Cyclist groups condemn plans to allow the length of articulated lorries to increase by 2.05m. Road safety groups are warning that government plans to allow longer lorries in the UK will increase the number of fatal road accidents. In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, the roads minister, Mike...
Farmers accused of cheating on TB slaughter rule by swapping cattle tagsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Defra plans DNA tests for TB-positive cattle after farmers 'disguised affected cows' identity to avoid sending them to abattoir. Farmers in England face DNA checks on their cattle to prevent illegal swapping of their animals' identities, an action the government says increases the risk of TB...
Tiny traces of Japan radiation spread to IcelandReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Minuscule numbers of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, officials said on Tuesday.
World Water Day: Resources and resourcefulnessGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
A new film shows the ingenuity of people living without access to water in areas of Delhi that are neither rural nor urban. A film exploring the relationship between three Delhi residents, water and India has been launched by the ESRC STEPS Centre, based at the Institute of Development Studies in...
Britain joins countries urging their citizens to leave TokyoGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Radiation levels in the Japanese capital were 10 times above normal levels at one point on Wednesday, prompting panic Britain France, Italy and Australia urged their nationals to get out of the capital, amid fears that a radioactive cloud could spread from the stricken nuclear reactors on Japan's...
UK must follow Spain with lower speed limitsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Reducing the limit by 10mph would be a small inconvenience with great rewards, both economically and environmentally. Should we reduce the speed limit to cut oil consumption? Should we impose new taxes on the banks? Should we stop hawking weapons in the Middle East? The answer in all these cases is obvious, but none of these reforms will happen until we've become brave enough to tackle vested interests.
Chris Young's innovation: bread mattersGuardian Unlimited | 27 Feb 2011
Bread matters. Well it certainly it does to 36-year-old Chris Young. After reading Dan Lepard's book, The Handmade Loaf, he completed a course with the UK's foremost champion for hands-on bread, Andrew Whitley (breadmatters.com), jacked in his job as a food and drink PR and became a volunteer proselytiser for the home-baked loaf. "It's the alchemy of it," he explains with great enthusiasm. "Just four basic ingredients can make so many things.
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
Climate change creates longer ragweed seasonReuters | 21 Feb 2011
A changing climate means allergy-causing ragweed pollen has a longer season that extends further north than it did just 16 years ago, U.S. scientists reported on Monday.
EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plasticsReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said on Thursday.
Growing Valentine's Day roses harming Kenya's ecological siteGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Supermarkets eager to meet demand for cheap flowers urged to show more concern for the environment. Consumer appetite for cut-price Kenyan roses for Valentine's Day is "bleeding the country dry" by threatening the region's precarious ecology. University of Leicester ecology and conservation...
The UK needs a labelling scheme for GM-free meatGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
If meat and dairy from animals reared on GM feed is not labelled we allow crops without safety approvals to enter the food chainMost people don't like eating foods that have been genetically modified. Where they have a choice - that is, the products are clearly labelled and there are alternatives – they tend to avoid GM offerings. This is one reason why GM crops tend to form animal feeds or staple foods, where consumers either have no choice or no awareness.
Scientists produce postcode map of geographical link to allergiesGuardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
Researchers hope work will reveal environmental causes of severe allergic reactions that affect one in three in the UKA postcode map of allergies has been produced for the first time, bringing scientists one step closer to uncovering the environmental causes of the severe reactions that affect one...