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When people think about air pollution, they usually think about smog, acid rain, CFC's, and other forms of outdoor air pollution. But did you know that air pollution also can exist inside homes and other buildings? It can, and every year, the health of many people is affected by chemical substances present in the air within buildings.
A wildlife charity that manages a number of nature reserves throughout the UK.
Discussion Category: Environmental Issues
Are you worried about the amount of waste created by over-packaging of products in our supermarkets, or do you appreciate the convenience of individually wrapped items? Is there a better solution?
The biggest factor of present concern is the increase in CO2 levels due to emissions from fossil fuel combustion, followed by aerosols which exerts a cooling effect and cement manufacture. Other factors, including land use, ozone depletion, animal agriculture and deforestation also impact climate. Are the recent weather patterns we’ve seen ravaging the British Isles due to climate change brought on by man-made environmental problems? Or is it just a peculiarly bad year in the annals of British weather? Different countries from Russia to Africa, have suffered from far more damaging weather patterns than the UK, and that international climate negotiations have resumed in the Hague. Will this lead towards climate protection, or will the interests of industry remain paramount? Have we gone too far to reverse climate change?
Are there viable alternatives to conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power? If so, should we be using them - and which ones should we use? Let us know what you think here.
POPs are a group of man-made chemicals that cannot easily be broken down by natural processes, accumulate in the body, and are toxic to a wide range of fish and wildlife as well as people. Although banned for use in many countries, they are still used in many developing nations -- and manufactured for export by some of the same countries that have banned them for use at home. Since research began, POPs have been found to cause cancer, birth defects, damage to the immune system, and disruption of the endocrine system, causing a variety of reproductive disorders. Incinerating some waste products is known to release POPs.
"Germany, Holland and much of Scandinavia have 50% recycling rates for domestic waste – Britain has 10%. While many conscientious consumers divide their rubbish up, the supply for recyclable materials by so far outweighs the supply that much of this sorted rubbish ends up on the tip or, worse, in incinerators. Some blame consumers, who are not buying recycled goods in the amounts necessary; others blame reprocessing capacity, and still others the government for not doing enough to change habits. There are, indeed, government contracts for a four-fold increase in municipal waste incinerators across the country, to be subsidised by public funds – despite evidence that fumes from incinerators have been linked to cancer, asthma and birth defects. Does the UK have a problem with waste disposal? Are consumers doing enough? Is safe waste disposal a priority for councils and the government? Do we use too much packaging? Should the buying of recycled products be incentivised?"
Do you feel that the amount of litter has increased over the years and if so why? In other countries litter is quickly disposed of so should we introduce new laws to cut down the amount of litter that we see? What are your thoughts and views on litter and littering in the UK and how can we reduce litter on our streets? Should we be stricter in teaching our children that litter is wrong and looks ugly? Share your views and experiences with us on this topic.
Rainforests are a vital and rapidly diminishing ecosystem. Who, if anyone, is the major player in the destruction of the forests? What can be done to prevent their rapid destruction and how do you think we should go about it?
What are the roles of zoos in today's society? Do they carry out important work, or is keeping animals in captivity cruel and unnecessary? Do we need Zoos at all or are they really just an outdated idea? We want to know your views.
How's the sunshine in your neck of the woods?
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