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This resource gathers topical issues on how we manage our environment, with the hope of making it more sustainable. This resource is curated at Bath Spa University.
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Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency

Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Scotland’s industries and farmers must cut energy, greenhouse gas emissions and resource use as waste overtakes pollution as the major environmental threat, says head of regulator
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Moderation in all things. To what extent to arguments about resource efficiency win the day? 
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Microplastics killing fish before they reach reproductive age, study finds

Microplastics killing fish before they reach reproductive age, study finds | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Tiny particles of plastic litter in oceans causing deaths, stunted growth and altering behaviour of some fish that feed on them, research shows Fish are being killed, and prevented from reaching maturity, by the litter of plastic particles finding...
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This article illustrates how the impacts of plastic waste can be much more subtle and insidious than usually represented in reports. Beach litter surveys are only the tip of the iceberg. 
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EDF's Hinkley Point deal over radioactive waste sparks anger

EDF's Hinkley Point deal over radioactive waste sparks anger | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Expert criticises ministers over refusal to disclose agreement with energy supplier for planned nuclear plant A furious row has broken out after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) refused to disclose the arrangement with EDF for...
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An interesting article that relates to energy cost but also to the incorporation of costs to the environment (waste management and environmental protection costs) to the price of nuclear generation of electricity. 
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Gloucester cathedral’s zero-carbon footprint | Letters

Gloucester cathedral’s zero-carbon footprint | Letters | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
I note your recent correspondence on church roofs and solar panels (Letters, 19 May). Gloucester cathedral has recently been awarded a substantial grant for Project Pilgrim phase one: the heart of Gloucester from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Perhaps more churches, public buildings and even universities should follow this lead...
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Why British environmentalists should vote for Brexit | Michael Liebreich

Why British environmentalists should vote for Brexit | Michael Liebreich | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
From phasing out coal to creating nature reserves, it is the EU which should be taking lectures from the UK, not the other way round The leading lights of the UK environmental movement would have us believe that a win by the Brexit camp on 23 June...
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Here's an alternative view of the role of the EU in environmental protection as we approach the referendum on Britain leaving or staying in Europe.
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Poland starts logging primeval Białowieża forest despite protests

Poland starts logging primeval Białowieża forest despite protests | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
More than 180,000 cubic metres of forest to be cut down in area that is home to Europe’s largest mammal and tallest trees Poland has started logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, which includes some of Europe’s last primeval woodland, despite...
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Do we never learn?
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Sadiq Khan joins air pollution court case against UK government

Sadiq Khan joins air pollution court case against UK government | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Mayor of London will submit statement and evidence in high court case brought by ClientEarth on the air pollution crisis in the capital
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Some major changes in action as well as political will are needed to make substantial improvements to London's air quality.  Will the cost to human health (in several senses) be useful leverage?
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Donald Trump wants to build a wall – to save his golf course from global warming | Dana Nuccitelli

Donald Trump wants to build a wall – to save his golf course from global warming | Dana Nuccitelli | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
On climate change, is Trump uninformed, or playing his voters?
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Huge irony here for Trump who is in climate change denial.
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'I just can't be bothered': why people are greener at home than in the office

'I just can't be bothered': why people are greener at home than in the office | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Must of us ignore our environmental responsibilities at work, largely because of a lack of control, responsibility or financial interest
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How are cities around the world tackling air pollution?

How are cities around the world tackling air pollution? | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
More cycling, better public transport and car bans - cities from Delhi to Zurich are using a range of initiatives to lower traffic pollution and improve health Paris Paris bans cars in many historic central districts at weekends, imposes odd-even...
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Toxic 'red tide' in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming

Toxic 'red tide' in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Algal bloom ‘of biblical proportions’ has led to protests and health emergency as concerns raised over dumping of rotting salmon in ocean Chilean authorities are investigating the country’s salmon-farming industry after an algal bloom carrying a...
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Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Government plans to fell Poland’s Białowieża forest have divided families, led to death threats against green campaigners and allegations of an ‘environmental coup’ by government and state timber interests Europe’s last primeval forest is facing...
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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
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How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life

How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
After 25 years, the decision to site the National Forest amid derelict coal and quarry workings has borne spectacular fruit
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Good to see restoration following coal extraction but there's more to woodlands than trees and the expectation that species will colonise naturally are a little naive unless you acknowledge it will take a very long time.
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Leaked figures show spike in palm oil use for biodiesel in Europe

Leaked figures show spike in palm oil use for biodiesel in Europe | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Steep rise between 2010 and 2014 shows link between EU’s renewable energy mandate and deforestation in south-east Asia, say campaigners Leaked trade industry figures show a five-fold increase in the use of palm oil for biodiesel in Europe between...
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Is Europe improving it's carbon footprint at the expense of tropical rainforest? 
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Government cuts funding for making brownfield sites suitable for new homes

Government cuts funding for making brownfield sites suitable for new homes | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Drastic cuts to hit remediation work – the process of detoxifying soil, with plans to phase it out by 2017, MPs on environmental audit committee find The government has drastically cut funds needed to encourage new building on “brownfield” sites,...
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This change will hit urban regeneration and increase pressure on greenfield sites. 
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Bayer bids $62bn for GM seed giant Monsanto

Bayer bids $62bn for GM seed giant Monsanto | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Takeover would create world’s largest agricultural supplier in the biggest deal ever by a German firm German drug and chemicals group Bayer has offered to buy the American GM seed pioneer Monsanto for $62bn (£43bn) in a deal that would create the...
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Should we be concerned about this? Well maybe you should if you're concerned about GM and conserving greater genetic diversity in our crop varieties.
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Anti-fracking camps planned in Yorkshire and Lancashire

Anti-fracking camps planned in Yorkshire and Lancashire | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Campaigners fear more sites will get green light after decision to let Third Energy carry out test drilling in Kirby Misperton Anti-fracking campaigners are threatening to set up protest camps in Yorkshire and Lancashire to prevent energy companies...
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Don't worry - it's in the north, so it doesn't matter. Unless, of course, burning this fossil fuel increases greenhouse gases...
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US releases millions of wasps to fight ash tree borer

US releases millions of wasps to fight ash tree borer | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Parasite fron China attacks eggs and larvae of Asian insect pest that has wiped out tens of millions of trees and is on march to Europe and Britain Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into...
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Hopefully a successful form of biological control.
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Great Barrier Reef: UN report lead author 'shocked' all Australian references removed

Great Barrier Reef: UN report lead author 'shocked' all Australian references removed | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Draft chapter warned reef was ‘poor and deteriorating’ but all references were excised following government intervention • Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention The lead author of a major UN report on...
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Pretty shameful stuff.
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The west country cheddar maker powered by solar and cow dung

The west country cheddar maker powered by solar and cow dung | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Wyke Farms saves £100,000 a year on energy bills thanks to green initiatives. And that’s just the start
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Bath Spa has taken students to this site and had dissertation student working to evaluate the quality of their digestate as an fertiliser application. It really is an amazing example of the circular economy - using animal and cheese factory wastes to produce gas and electricity to power the cheese factory and to provide energy for export to the grid. 
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'Tantalisingly close': is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

'Tantalisingly close': is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power? | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Australian projects are viable already – now the industry needs investors willing to take a risk on large-scale renewable energy
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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats
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Farming is 'single biggest cause' of worst air pollution in Europe

Farming is 'single biggest cause' of worst air pollution in Europe | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Nitrogen compounds from fertilisers and animal waste drifting over industrial regions is combining to form fine particulate pollution, report finds Farming is the biggest single cause of the worst air pollution in Europe, a new study has found, as...
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Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle | George Monbiot

Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle | George Monbiot | Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence?
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