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‘Pesticides harm wildlife’

WEEDS, Pesticides are used to kill plantlife but they also kill wild flowers and other living things

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 22nd September 2018

Story by Ray Cobbett, from Hampshire Friends of the Earth, on the campaign against pesticides

 

A RECENT landmark judgement in California involving a school groundsman successfully suing a major chemical company for causing his terminal cancer has reignited the global debate about pesticides.

The California case concerned one of the best known pesticides on the market called Roundup, produced by Monsanto which has global sales of over $1.4bn (£1.06bn) and is familiar to most gardeners and local authorities.

The jury found in favour of the plaintiff and awarded exemplary damages of $280m (£212m). Up to 8,000 further actions are pending and Monsanto’s (now Bayer) share price has been hit.

Following the case, dozens of local UK councils are reviewing their own use of glyphosate based products like Roundup and some multiples are considering its removal from their shelves.

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All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Published on the BBC News website on the 21st September 2018

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic – but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils has left people confused.

What can be recycled and what can’t? We are putting more plastic in the recycling than ever before – but pictures of sea life tangled in all manner of waste plastic mean the pressure is on to do more.

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Southern Water crowned worst water company for complaints – for sixth year in a row

Scum foam at Langstone Harbour, Eastney

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 19th September 2018
Story by Ben Fishwick

 

IT HAS been in hot water for pumping waste water into the harbour – and now Southern Water has hit the bottom of the complaints league table. The water firm remains languishing as the worst rated company for complaints, a new Consumer Council for Water report has found.

Southern received 6,259 written complaints in 2017-18 – a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year – retaining its place in the field for a sixth year running.

The watchdog has placed Southern on its watch list for a third successive year. Southern has to give quarterly reports on its progress.

It received 248,936 phone calls from customers chasing problems, up from 220,306 the year before.

Sir Tony Redmond, London and South East chair for CCWater, said: ‘There are signs the company is heading in the right direction but we have not seen enough progress.

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