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Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows

A boat lies in the dry Cedro reservoir in Quixadá, Brazil. Climate change increases the risk of extreme weather events like drought. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 21st March 2017
Story by Damian Carrington

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016, published on Tuesday, reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise.

Global warming is largely being driven by emissions from human activities, but a strong El Niño – a natural climate cycle – added to the heat in 2016. The El Niño is now waning, but the extremes continue to be seen, with temperature records tumbling in the US in February and polar heatwaves pushing ice cover to new lows.

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Group looks to make Fareham greener

Friends of the Earth hope to eradicate single-use plastics


Published in the Portsmouth News on the 14th March 2017

In the most recent newsletter from Gosports & Fareham Friends of the Earth, the group said that they are considering opening a campaign to make Fareham single-use plastic free.

Single-use plastics are plastics that are intended for just one use. These include bottles, cups, beakers, plates, spoons and disposable packaging.

The group say that this debris often ends up in the sea, killing fish, seabirds, turtles and marine mammals. The chemicals in this waste can also enter the human food chain.

Having already approached councillors in the region, Friends of the Earth is also looking to extend the campaign to high street retailers, in the hope of creating a greener, healthier environment for residents.

A spokesperson from Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth said: ‘We have written to councillors in Fareham and have received a positive response. Currently we are exploring alternatives to SUPs and will report back to interested councillors who will decide how to take this further.

‘We will write up our research into alternatives and then offer our proposals to Gosport Council.

‘Gosport and Fareham have good recycling facilities which take care of plastic bottles and some other plastics, but more needs to be done.

‘We need to draw attention to the fact that there is so much more than plastic bags that end up in our oceans, and we need to take action.’

For more information about what Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Eath have been doing, you can visit their website:

UKOG submits new information on South Downs oil drilling – consultation now open

Published on the Drill or Drop? website on the 9th March 



People can now comment on new details of plans to produce oil for 20 years at Markwells Wood in the South Downs National Park.

The company behind the project, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC, submitted 22 additional documents this week to support its planning application. This was in response to a request by The South Downs National Park Authority, which will decide the application, for more information on impact of the scheme on groundwater, landscape, traffic and wildlife.

A public consultation is now open and runs until Tuesday 28th March. There have been more than 2,000 objectives since the application was submitted in September 2016.

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