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Campaigners urge businesses to sign up to free water bottle refill scheme

The Refill sticker businesses can put in their window

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 2nd November 2018
Story by Byron Melton

 

HUNDREDS of businesses in Havant could benefit by joining a free water bottle refill scheme.

That’s the message from campaigners who are throwing their weight behind the smartphone application Refill in the fight against single-use plastics.

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

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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 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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