Environment

Dear Councillors, We are writing in support of the motion being put forward by Cllr Lee Hunt and Cllr Rob Wood on Tuesday 13th February entitled (11c) Notice of Motion – Reducing the use of single-use plastics in Portsmouth. 2018 has seen a major shift in attitudes towards single-use plastics (SUPs) and as the UK’s Premier Waterfront City it is important that the Council develops a robust strategy to tackle the related issues and leads by example. We would also like to ask that the Council includes, as part of the motion, to work towards gaining Surfers Against Sewage’s Plastic Free City/Coastline status, so that the city can be recognised for the work that is being done in this area. To do this, five objectives need to be met: 1. Local Governance - Local Council passes...
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To me, art is everything that cannot be expressed in a straightforward way, being expressed in alternative methods. Alternative methods being poetry, drawings, music, posters, letters, plays, movies, b-boying, dance, etc. The list as to what can be defined as art is honestly a long and ongoing one, especially because everyone has their own mindset and perspectives. That being said, everyone can and probably had a specific and different idea of what art is. And although I know that laws and rules are there for the protection of the people and their rights, the smaller more rebellious side of me, something a little different. It believes that for the purpose of creating a voice for themselves against oppression, one may sometimes be lead to breaking the laws. Not in all aspects, but in...
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Dear Kim Jong Un, I am not sure of how you will accept this letter since I am not your friend to be writing you a casual, friendly letter; and certainly not a rival to be bringing out the mistakes and to instigate anyone. What I am, is a resident from India, with a plea on the global issue, on behalf of every inhabitant of the world. It would be highly inappropriate to say ‘I hope everything is fine’ because it’s not, and the world is going through a turbulent situation. Surely, the clash is primarily between two powerful countries, but its consequences will have to be faced not only by the two concerned countries but by the whole world. Hence, I request you to pause for a minute and think about the ways in which the human race has excelled beyond imaginations and achieved new...
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The mindset of dependence on gasoline to fulfill our daily lives must change someday. The projection was 1980 for Post Peak Oil Era, now it's 2120 for complete exhaustion of crude oil, however abiotic oil theory extends that date to infinity with no cause for alarm in the next century. We will still have coal for another thousand years or more so there's no need for foresight there either. The current ambivalence over gasoline has progressed from the Oil Embargoes of 1942 and 1973 to shopping gasoline stations to save a penny per gallon. The news about British Petroleum misstating their petroleum reserves to improve their stock price in 2014 has been forgotten. The penalties for using gasoline-Global Warming, Petrowars caused by Petrodollars, Economic Instability, etc.-are ignorable,...
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Hi! Ako nga pala si! Ay wag nalang pala, kahit naman sabihin ko ang pangalan ko wala ka din naman sigurong pakialam hindi naman kasi ako sikat, hindi naman ako yung crush mo, or hindi din naman ako ganun kaimportante sa buhay mo. Pero sa puntong binabasa mo to sana maaliw ka kahit paano, sana maintindihan mo kung ano yung gusto kong sabihin, or sana hindi naman malayong mangyari na makarelate ka. Hehe! Dedescribe ko nalang siguro sarili para naman kahit paano may idea ka sakin. Actually alam kong boring akong tao, siguro pinipilit ko lang makisama sa ibang tao sa araw-araw pero alam kong kapag kasama nila ako ehh nabobored sila. Assuming ika nga. Hindi naman ako tahimik na tao pero hindi din ako ganun sobrang kaingay, tama lang siguro depende sa mood pero mas napapansin ko na mas madalas...
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Dear Nikki Haley We are a group of high school students trying to spread awareness of the dangers of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic is found in places that one might think of more typically, such as rat poisons and wood finishing substances, but where is is truly a problem is in developing countries where it enters into rice crops. The arsenic found in day-to-day products makes its way into rivers, groundwater, and the general water supply of countries. It can also contaminate the soil in which crops are grown. In America, there is sufficient funds to provide for filtering methods, which remove chemicals such as arsenic through the process of osmosis. However, not all countries and cities can afford such methods, and so levels of arsenic in water supplies in these places can be much...
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“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided”. These words of Konrad Adenauer, a founding father of the European Union, are especially pertinent today. For the last four years the European Union has been wrangling over the definition of endocrine disruptors, thereby blocking the application of long-standing European legislation on these chemicals, including the Pesticides (Plant Protection Product) and Biocides regulations, designed to limit their health and environmental impacts. However, as early as 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a definition of endocrine disruptors. Here we call on the EU's Environment, Health and Agriculture Ministers and on the Health Commissioner to heed the scientific community not to attempt bending scientific definitions for...
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In October 2016, our house was one of thousands jeopardized by a massive forest fire in the Appalachian mountains, near to the scenic Western North Carolina town of Chimney Rock. The fire, small at first, gradually grew, acre by acre till it had roared through approx 7000 acres of woodland. 13 other wildfires in the region brought the quantity of burning forest to around 30,000 acres. Normally the tree covered mountains of the region are cool and lush, a palette of glorious color during the later part of the year however 2016 saw a severe drought, one of the driest years on record since the Palmer Drought Index began in 1895. Lack of rain over the course of several months resulted in a tinder dry landscape that could be ignited by the smallest spark. As neighbors aided each other in...
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So I’m in British lit my senior year and we got books that we had to read. I didn’t want to read nor force to read a book but it’s for a grade so I had to. We got to choose and I knew a little about this book so I picked 1984. What caught my attention in chapter one was “Winston talks about Big Brother and how he is watching over everyone as like the government in a way to spy on the people.” In the middle of the book Winston describe how it’s weird that his communication with O’Brien only happen through notes and it was strange to him on how these notes were in the same place where Winston also found his journal. At the end Winston finds out every suspension he had was true, that O’Brien is in fact part of a way of the government to spy on him and join big brother. I in...
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Open Letter to the Public, the Media, and Publishers Immutable Laws of Physics Forecast the Long-lasting Warming of Earth Before 1750, annual, global temperatures on Earth changed little over very long times. Annual energy flows from our Sun and outgoing heat flows from Planet Earth into Outer Space were in nearly perfect equilibrium. The Industrial Revolution of the past two centuries has disturbed this terrestrial life creating and sustaining balance. However, it produced unprecedented wealth and a huge increase of worldwide populations. It also began a seemingly unstoppable warming trend, which is growing steadily and which is threatening the existence of all life on Planet Earth. Global warming and resulting climate change are existential threats, which must be reversed...
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