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Fernhurst Junior School in Portsmouth is raising awareness and understanding about the problems caused by plastic misuse. Head Teacher, Roberta Kirby, who has been working in schools and education for over 20 years has embraced the need to teach young people about the problems we as a planet face with plastic. A strong staff team behind her who are motivated to change things in school has lead them to follow routine practices at Fernhurst that are set to make big differences. The wonderful thing about this school is that they are teaching their children to believe they can make a…

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Most of us rarely think about concrete, but it’s the foundation of modern society — from roads, buildings and bridges to the economy, political power and crime. We use more of it than anything except water. Concrete has been a great driver of human progress. It’s allowed us to build up instead of out, made transportation and trade easier, protected us from the elements and even disease, and spurred economic growth and job creation — as well as population growth. But it’s one of many innovations we adopted wholesale without fully understanding the consequences. Producing and transporting it emits enormous…

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On February 4th 2019, the vessel “Solomon Trader” from Hong Kong ran aground in Rennell Province in the Solomon Islands during Cyclone Oma. The ship was carrying 800 tonnes of fuel, and it is feared that up to 100 tonnes has spilled into the sea and onto the surrounding reef. Given the potential for escalating damage, the Solomon Islands Government has requested assistance from Australia; teams of equipment, vessels and experts have now been sent. Rennell Island is 250km south of Honiara, Guadalcanal. The proximity of the incident from our liveaboard operations therefore means that we do not anticipate any…

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Energy is inextricably linked to a range of community issues, from health to housing. That was one message that emerged from a four-day gathering in Calgary of more than 200 young Indigenous leaders from every province and territory, organized by Disa Crow Chief of the Siksika Nation and Cory Beaver of the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Participants came to the SevenGen gathering in January to learn about opportunities in Canada’s energy transition from an Indigenous youth perspective. Beaver and Crow Chief are keen to engage young people in Indigenous-led energy solutions and find them ongoing mentorship opportunities. SevenGen’s website explains, “As…

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In a 1965 speech to members, American Petroleum Institute president Frank Ikard outlined the findings of a report by then-president Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee, based in part on research the institute conducted in the 1950s. “The substance of the report is that there is still time to save the world’s peoples from the catastrophic consequence of pollution, but time is running out,” Ikard said, adding, “One of the most important predictions of the report is that carbon dioxide is being added to the earth’s atmosphere by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas at such a rate that…

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CBC Marketplace presented “Why buying plastic-free groceries is so hard” on January 11, 2019. The investigator reporter was Mark Kelly. Everyone that grocery shops today, must notice the overuse of plastic in grocery stores. English cucumbers wrapped in plastic and then placed in a group in a plastic bag, while regular cucumbers have no plastic wrapping? Coconuts wrapped in plastic? Meat/cookies wrapped in plastic with hard to degrade black bottoms trays? Celery/peppers in a bag? Plastic use in grocery stores is out of control. So where does this plastic go, and is it recycled as we have been led to…

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Sir Hugo Swire KCMG (Conservative MP for East Devon) has been named the newest patron of The Seahorse Trust. He joins TV presenters Chris Packham, Kate Humble, Ellie Harrison and others as a patron of the marine charity. Sir Hugo has been actively engaged in raising public and parliamentary awareness of the Seahorse Trust and its work. In November 2018, he secured a Parliamentary debate on the illegal trade in seahorses, which highlighted that 150 million seahorses are illegally traded around the world every year for the curio and medicine trade. Sir Hugo also arranged a meeting between The Seahorse…

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On December 10, 2018, Bruce Justinen and the Seasoft diving company were issued a “Notice of Penalty” from the State of Washington, Ecology Department for allegedly dumping hazardous waste, which contained lead and arsenic down a toilet, from there this waste travelled to a storm drain and came to rest in the ground. This incident took place in Lacey, Washington USA.  The fine is $197,000 US and Seasoft has 30 days to pay the it or appeal it to the state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board. An investigation in July 2018 by the Ecology Department and the Department of Labor & Industries found lead…

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An Angus Reid poll found 58 per cent of Canadians think lack of pipeline capacity is a national crisis. They can be forgiven for this. The company that owns a near monopoly on newspapers in Canada, aided by politicians and fossil fuel interests, has put significant effort into convincing them. That the number rises to 87 per cent in Alberta, with 96 per cent believing that not building new pipelines would have a major impact on the Canadian economy, isn’t surprising. All mainstream newspapers there are owned by the same company, political parties across the spectrum prioritize oil and gas…

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Today, global environmental organisation WWF, and partner organisations, kick-off the third global conference promoting innovation in the seafood sector. The Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies (SAFET) Conference in Bangkok, running from 13-16 February 2019, is the only global conference focused on bringing together the fisheries, seafood supply chain, and technology sectors. Bubba Cook, WWF’s Pacific Tuna Programme Manager said, “With 230 registered participants representing 129 independent institutions/businesses from 39 different countries, including 50 speakers, this conference is a unique opportunity to create solutions for the issues facing fisheries and seafood supply chains.” The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has…

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