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Here’s to a Green Christmas

Christmas Waste – The Stats1, 6 277,000 miles of wrapping paper are wasted every Christmas; 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is thrown away at Christmas; 5 million Christmas puddings are thrown away every year; 2 million turkeys are wasted around Christmas time; 1 billion Christmas cards are thrown out every Christmas; 74 million mince pies...

Asbestos: The Hidden Health Hazard of 19th Century

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of many small fibres. There are three main types of asbestos – white asbestos (chrysotile), brown asbestos (amosite) and blue asbestos (crocidolite). Asbestos is most commonly found in industrial or residential buildings constructed before 1985. Many homes built before the mid-1980s contain asbestos in flooring/ceiling tiles, roof...

Brownfield Land and the Housing Crisis

Attention is focused on brownfield land as it is considered a strong asset in tackling the housing crisis. It is predicted that over the coming years the Greater London housing shortage is going to increase sharply. The document “Further Alterations to the London Plan”, that was published by The Greater London Authority in 2014 indicated...

Mr Trash Wheel says Hello

In May 2014, an unusual vessel took to the waves at Baltimore Harbor [sic]. Neither a trawler nor a recreational craft, the solar powered water wheel attached to a barge has a unique and specific function. Mr Trash Wheel, as he is affectionately known to locals, is part of the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor [sic]...

Environmental contamination and Warfare

Environmental contamination as a collateral damage of warfare The production of weapons, the destruction of buildings and oil fields, fires, military transport movements, chemical spraying, the presence of bombs and landmines still remaining unexploded, the disposal of munitions and the lack of care in its manufacture caused by the urgency of production are all examples...

River Adur Smell – Historic or Current Industrial Practices?

There has been much debate on whether the sewage-like smell around the mouth of the River Adur is caused by current industrial practices or that of the former Brighton and Hove Gas Works. In addition to the odour, there have been reports of black oily globules along the water line and thin films of oil...

Lewes Bonfire Celebrations

In my home town of Lewes, there are arguably the best bonfire processions and fireworks displays in the country and last night’s spectacular was no exception. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot and commemorates the seventeen Protestant martyrs that were burnt at the stake in Lewes during...

Off to the Clink?

Take a walk along the bank of the River Thames between Southwark Cathedral and the Globe Theatre and you may stumble across a narrow, dark and cobbled street with a very sinister past. This street is best known for the location of one of London’s oldest and most notorious medieval prisons1. The prison is of...

Groundwater abstraction and Source Protection Zones

Definition and classification of Groundwater Source Protection Zones Groundwater provides a third of our drinking water in England and Wales, 7% in Northern Ireland and 3% in Scotland [1]. In some areas of Southern England, groundwater supplies up to 80% of potable water. Potable water, also known as drinking water, is water that is safe...