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Criticisms of South Downs oil drilling application intensify

Site at Markwells Wood

Site at Markwells Wood

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 20th October 2016

Story by
Danny Randon

 

A BID to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park has come under fire.

Environmentalists have accused United Kingdom Oil & Gas Investments PLC of not disclosing enough information regarding the chemicals in the extraction process.

The investment firm has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority for 20 years of oil extraction at Markwells Wood, Forestside, near Rowlands Castle.

Campaigners say UKOG has been unclear about who would be responsible for the clean-up of the site if there was a pollution accident.

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Portsmouth group says walking strategy will help ease city congestion

Friends of the Earth is urging Portsmouth City Council to adopt a walking strategy

Friends of the Earth is urging Portsmouth City Council to adopt a walking strategy

 

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 12th October 2016

by Ellie Pilmoor

 

  • Friends of the Earth Portsmouth want to make Portsmouth a walking city
  • The strategy is about encouraging people to walk short journeys rather than drive
  • They hope to get support from Portsmouth City Council

 

PLANS have been unveiled to turn Portsmouth into a ‘walking city’ in a bid to tackle gridlock on the roads.

Friends of the Earth Portsmouth wants to follow Winchester’s footsteps and create a policy that will encourage more people to walk short journeys.

“If you improve the roads then you will encourage people to drive so if you improve the pathways, then you will be encouraging more people to walk.” Rachel Hudson

At a meeting this week, the group put forward its idea to its members and the public.

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Hampshire is near top of the solar panel chart

Large Solar Array

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 6th October 2016

 

HAMPSHIRE is leading the way in tackling climate change, a study has found.

In research by environmental charity Green Alliance, Hampshire came in the top 10 counties for investment in the number of solar panels installed to produce electricity, and solar panels installed to produce energy for heating households.

Flick Drummond, MP for Portsmouth South, said: ‘It’s great to see Hampshire excelling in the use of electricity generated through solar and heat from solar and heat pumps.

‘By using renewable energy now, Hampshire is making a huge contribution towards the Climate Coalition’s aim to make 100 per cent clean energy within a generation.’

The news comes ahead of the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up Week of Action, which begins on Saturday.

It is part of an ongoing effort to encourage world leaders to shift to 100 per cent clean and secure energy within a generation to protect people and places from climate change.

For more information go to www.green-alliance.org.uk