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legacy of pennine minesThree projects to tackle the water pollution in North East England's major rivers caused by historical metal mining in the North Pennines are due to be substantially completed by the spring.

The works – at Garrigill culvert, Carrshield tailings dam and Nenthead car park – are part of the Water and Abandoned Metal Mines (WAMM) programme.They include stabilising river banks, reconnecting culverts and reshaping spoil heaps, to prevent several tonnes of lead, zinc and cadmium from entering the River Tyne each year.

Metal mines played a major part in Britain's history, but abandoned mines now pollute our rivers and harm aquatic wildlife, such as fish and river flies. In the Northumbria River Basin District they affect around 340km of watercourse, including the River Tyne, River Tees and River Wear, and their tributaries.

WAMM is a partnership between the Coal Authority and the Environment Agency, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Non-profit organisation City to Sea is launching 'Be a Good A**hole,' a campaign taking a stand against the use of wet wipes and their damaging impact on the planet.

wet wipes flush campaignThe charity have partnered with world-famous actor and voice of Gollum, Andy Serkis, to voice over a short film featuring an animated talking a**hole that calls on people to dispose of wet wipes responsibly.

The campaign is raising awareness about wet wipes polluting our waterways and oceans, and pushing our sewage system to breaking point. While 'fatbergs' get the headlines, in reality they're made up of just 0.5% fat, and a whopping 93% baby wipes, and in 2018, the UK used over 10.8bn wet wipes. This inspired City to Sea to take action and call on people to Be a Good A**hole.

See the video  here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcaAeDrOwI8&feature=youtu.be

 

ribena sustainable biodiversityThird-generation blackcurrant grower, and former president of the RHS, Giles Coode-Adams explains how he and 34 other growers are embracing the Ribena Biodiversity Action Plan, which involves taking a minimum of six important steps that ensure they’re farming blackcurrants in the most sustainable way possible.

 

Watch the video from this link https://www.lrsuntory.com/blog/our-community/watch-sustainable-farming-in-practice/

david attenborough websmall"The question is a moral one, what right do you have to destroy the world?" asks World Land Trust's patron, Sir David Attenborough, as he discusses this in a captivating new video, shown below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W0W5JLaEGA

Knostrop STF - Overview 1Yorkshire Water have been treating sewage from Leeds at their Knostrop treatment works for 100 years, but are changing from sewage sludge incineration, using masses of carbon-unfriendly fuel oil, to a £72 million anaerobic digester which will be able to recycle 94% of Leeds' sewage sludge and generate 55% of the power needed to run the site on a daily basis!

Leeds Central MP, Hilary Benn and Leeds North MP, Alex Sobel were at the official opening alongside members of Leeds Council. Hilary Benn said: “The opening of the new anaerobic digestion plant at Knostrop treatment works is a really important investment in our future. By recycling 94% of the sewage sludge in Leeds to create enough electricity to power over half of the treatment works’ energy needs, this scheme is helping to create a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley.”

Yorkshire Water Director of Waste Water Delivery, Ben Roche explains the new facility in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HnlcnNtYsw

chalk stream salad washingDisharges from a salad washing factory whose products end up nationwide in supermarkets may present a serious threat to aquatic invertebrate life on a highly protected English chalkstream.

The issue was featured recently on the BBC's Countryfile programme after the Environment Agency’s investigation was prompted by the results of Salmon and Trout Conservation (S&TC’s) invertebrate sampling at a site immediately downstream of the factory's outflows. 

The threat from these activities was highlighted by Joe Crowley on the BBC’s Countryfile Chalkstream Special, its is 14 minutes into the programme
, and can be viewed until mid July on BBC's iPlayer by clicking the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0005xlv/countryfile-chalk-streams

An investigation by Greenpeace's Unearthed team has revealed that two-thirds of UK fishing quota is controlled by just 25 businesses – and it was expected to stay that way after Brexit.

But there are now calls by some politicians to change this unfairness and give more rights to smaller vessels who are usually more environmentally friendly, instead of to the tiny minority of wealthy families who control huge swathes of fishing rights.

An alliance of global companies has launched a new initiative to work on solutions to reduce mismanaged plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

CEOs have launched the Alliance to End Plastic Waste from across the global plastic value chain, including chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers converters, waste management companies and partner organisations.

Commercial-scale algae cultivation company, Firglas has secured a £1.5 million investment from environmental fund manager Earthworm, who are providing 50% of the company's goal to raise £3 million of equity under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), to build two facilities and start commercial-scale production.

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