Published on the guardian website on 14th February 2015
Three party leaders make cross-party declaration to tackle climate change in a rare show of unity in the runup to the general election
Prime minister David Cameron (R), deputy PM Nick Clegg (C) and opposition leader Ed Milliband (L) have been praised for showing ‘inspiring leadership’ with their joint climate declaration. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity.
The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter.
The prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition have all clashed over green issues, but the joint declaration states: “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. It is not just a threat to the environment, but also to our national and global security, to poverty eradication and economic prosperity.”
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The West Lake at Portsmouth Water in Havant
Published in the Portsmouth News on 17th January 2015
DRINKING water to thousands of people across the Portsmouth area could be contaminated if a major housing development goes ahead unchecked, it has been warned.
Officials at Portsmouth Water have written to East Hampshire District Council to voice concerns over plans for 700 homes at Hazleton Farm, close to the A3(M) at Horndean.
Multi-million pound plans have been submitted to develop 153 acres of green space with housing, businesses, shops and a new primary school.
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Published on The Guardian website on 15th January 2015
Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say
The view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory in the middle of the Amazon forest. Researchers say that of the nine processes needed to sustain life on Earth, four have exceeded “safe” levels. Photograph: Reuters
Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.
Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results.
Of nine worldwide processes that underpin life on Earth, four have exceeded “safe” levels – human-driven climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land system change and the high level of phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the oceans due to fertiliser use.
Researchers spent five years identifying these core components of a planet suitable for human life, using the long-term average state of each measure to provide a baseline for the analysis.
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