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Water contamination fears raised by Portsmouth Water

The West Lake at Portsmouth Water in Havant

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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Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

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

view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory

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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Watch the excellent film "Home" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand about Earth

Home FilmInternationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature’s delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have.

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