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The lowdown on UN's SOFIA report: 89.5% of fish are now fully or overfished

The SOFIA report is a biennial publication that outlines the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture of the previous two years, hence the name. Commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (‘for a world without hunger,’ is their tagline), the report is a big deal in the world of fish. It’s considered a check up on the state of the world’s fish stocks and our consumption.
Fiona Nicholls - 23 September, 2016 - 16:39 - Comments

Three small letters destroying the rainforest

Decades of forest destruction by palm oil and paper companies laid the foundations for 2015’s Indonesian forest fires. The Indonesian government responded with a firm commitment to crack down on rogue companies. Hundreds of thousands of us pushed brands like Colgate to toughen up their ‘no deforestation’ policies.
India Thorogood - 23 September, 2016 - 15:26 - Comments
Lancashire not for shale

What I told the government about fracking and their unsustainable ‘dash for gas’

Last week I spoke at an event in Parliament to discuss "Shale Gas and Climate Change."The event was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) which is a coalition of lots of different people who have an interest in climate change. It’s been running for over 15 years, raising awareness of the threat of climate change and promoting...
Hannah Martin - 22 September, 2016 - 09:38 - Comments
George Eustice signing a Greenpeace petition asking the Government to reallocate

Will George Eustice finally create a fair deal for small-scale fishermen?

(Guest blog by Frances Rankin)Fisheries Minister George Eustice was at the House of Lords yesterday, facing questions on the future of the fishing industry after we leave the EU.
Alix FOSTER VAN... - 15 September, 2016 - 16:52 - Comments

A joint mission: ending plastic pollution

Back in July I was lucky enough to be one of 100 people who spent the day cleaning up a heavily plastic polluted beach on ‘Freedom Island’ in Manila Bay, Philippines. The beach was in an appalling state - piled high with throwaway plastic wrappers, straws and bottles which also littered the water. This was just a snapshot of the estimated 8-12 million tonnes of plastic that scientists tell us goes into our oceans every year.
louise - 14 September, 2016 - 16:27 - Comments

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