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Beauty spots in Portsmouth and Hampshire 'incredibly vulnerable' fear campaigners

AREAS of natural beauty that are also of scientific interest are in disrepair across the region

More than half the sites in Langstone Harbour are in an unfavourable condition. Picture: Jacki Beech.

Published in The News on the 20th January 2020
Story by David George

 

Data compiled by the JPIMedia Data Unit shows that more than half of the sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are in an unfavourable condition, with a total of 1,045 sites in an unsatisfactory state.

An SSSI is an area considered to best represent the local ecosystem, taking into consideration the plants, animals and geology of the site.

While some of these sites are recovering, such as Browndown in Gosport, others are seeing no improvement at all – including Portsmouth Harbour and parts of the water near Lee-on-the-Solent.

Hampshire also has a higher percentage of unfavourable sites (57 per cent) than the national average of 49.5 per cent.

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Biggest food brands 'failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation'

Commitments to phase out deforestation by 2020 are out of reach for many, reports find

The race to satisfy growing demand of palm oil has resulted in vast plantations replacing native forests. Photograph: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty

Published on The Guardian website on the 17th January 2020
Story by Fiona Harvey Environment Correspondent

 

Some of the world’s biggest brands are failing in their commitments to banish deforestation from their supply chains through their use of palm oil, despite making public claims to environmental sustainability, according to two reports.

Scores of the world’s biggest consumer brands have agreed to phase out deforestation through the use of sustainable palm oil by 2020, but this goal looks far out of reach for many, according to separate reports from the campaigning groups WWF and Rainforest Action Network.

Many of the companies highlighted as performing poorly or missing targets are household names, including Kellogg’s, Mondelez and General Mills, whose brands include Yoplait and Häagen-Dazs. In the UK, major brands such as Greggs, Warburtons, Reckitt Benckiser and Associated British Foods also ranked relatively low in the table.

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General Election 2019 manifestos: final scores

Published on the Friends of the Earth website on the 7th December 2019
Story by Dave Timms

The final scores are in! Friends of the Earth have combed through the party manifestos (and any additional pledges they’ve made during the campaign) to see how they score on tackling the climate and ecological emergency. These are the results…

 

The 2019 General Election has taken place under the shadow of the climate and nature emergencies. In recent months flooding and wildfires have blighted lives and devastated communities both here and abroad, and over the past year there has been an unprecedented level of concern from the public, led by the voices of the young.

Earlier in 2019 UK Parliament declared a climate emergency, but despite adopting a new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, action to cut emissions has stalled and our transport emissions are rising. The announcement of a General Election gave political parties the chance to rise to the challenge and set out the policies needed to address this emergency.

So how do the party manifestos score?

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