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George Osborne reveals 50% tax break for fracking firms "I want Britain to be a leader of the shale gas revolution because it has the potential to create thousands of jobs and keep energy bills low for millions of people, he added.
Has the government gone completely crazy??? Fracking pollutes the water and destroys the landscape and environment.

Land has already been sold off in the UK for fracking which is known to pollute our water and destroy our environment.
Test drilling has already started in Balcombe West Sussex. Locals are protesting. We should all be protesting.

ILLEGAL TIMBER

Take Action: Ask your MP to support new illegal logging legislation Unbelievably, there are no laws in place that outlaw the importation of illegal timber into Europe, an illegal trade worth 3 billion Euros a year. WWF estimates that the UK is the largest importer in Europe. Stopping the tidal wave of illegal timber that floods into Europe, and the UK, is a vital step towards saving our forests. Please take Action today. Click on the link below.http://www.wwf.org.uk/researcher/issues/forests/0000000284.asp

The UK is one of the largest importers of illegal hardwoods from ancient rain forests.
The problem is huge. Since 1970, more than 232,000 square miles of Amazon rain forest have disappeared, nearly the size of Texas, according to environmental site Mongabay.com. Another 3,860 square miles of rain forest is expected to be destroyed this year. With it goes incalculable bio diversity, cultural diversity, and one of the most effective counterweights to climate change
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At Sanded Floors we believe that the way to achieve a sanded wooden floor is to sand and make the most of the floor boards you already have. If you have to have a new floor, please make sure the wood you buy has the FSC stamp on it. The same applies to hard wood furniture that is swamping the market at present, mainly in the form of garden furniture. We have supplied several links on our flooring links page, that supply FSC stamped wood. Other links on our site that supply hard woods, say they are from sustainable forestry practices, but it's up to you to be vigilant and check these companies out for yourselves. If more people play an active roll in doing this for themselves and show their disapproval of this illegal trade, eventually the suppliers will get the message. Please take a look at the links below to get a real understanding of the problems we face with the loss of the worlds ancient rain forests.

BE AWARE. THINK, CHECK, ASK QUESTIONS, BEFORE YOU BUY ANY HARD WOODS. IT'S UP TO YOU TO STOP THIS TRADE. EVERY INDIVIDUAL CAN HELP TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
 

Pressure from environmental groups and the general public persuaded the B&Q stores to stop selling illegally logged rainforest wood. Garden furniture and wood from B&Q now comes from environmentally safe managed plantations.

GUNNS Limited -- Australia's largest logging company -- continues to rapidly destroy one of the Earth's most unique and ancient temperate rainforests in Tasmania.
Gunns website has a different story to tell, putting themselves forward as "A Leader in Sustainable Forest & Environmental Management". Not only are big logging companies destroying the planets chances of survival in the current threats to climate change but they are also making us believe they are actually looking after our ancient forests.... quite simply.... THEY ARE NOT. If we loose what's left of the earths ancient forests to these massive logging companies the earth will have no defences against climate change. WHATS MORE IMPORTANT...
GARDEN FURNITURE, DECKING, NEW HARDWOOD FLOORING, PAPER PRODUCTS OR HUMAN SURVIVAL ON EARTH.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE. We can all make a difference by finding out the origins of the products we buy and making sure they are not having a devastating effect on the planet , wild life and indigenous peoples. By buying wood from ancient rain forests we are creating a further demand.
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Ancient forest with 400 year old trees being logged by Gunns Limited to turn into wood chip for paper products.


Greenpeace have built a Climate Defenders Camp on the Kampar peninsula in Indonesia, to highlight the role that protecting peat and tropical forests must play in securing a safe climate.
The Kampar peninsula sits deep in the heart of the Sumatran rainforest. It's a unique and complex ecosystem, sustaining fishing communities, hunters and farmers, full of unique plants and animals, and home to endangered species like the Sumatran tiger and the Wallace's hawk.

Because of the deep peat bogs found below the forest it's also at the front line in the struggle to halt climate change. Peat bogs are delicate systems which store massive amounts of carbon. Half of the world's tropical peat swamps are located in Indonesia, and Kampar is the largest remaining intact area of tropical peat swamp rainforest.

Around the world, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every two seconds. Deforestation adds to all of the industrial pollution we pump into the atmosphere - not only by releasing the carbon that's stored in trees and ecosystems, but also by destroying the natural carbon cycling capacity of the planet.

In the run-up to Copenhagen, Greenpeacer activists, working alongside local people, will be exploring the Kampar peninsula, showing how the destruction of the forest and the draining of the peatlands is contributing to climate change, and stopping some of the worst damage in classic Greenpeace style
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www.greenpeace.org.uk

It's not all about floors: SAY NO TO PALM OIL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ooi5VH9rzfY

SAY NO TO PALM OIL! Did you know that each and everyone of us is fueling one of the world's biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history?

Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan. These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more being discovered each year. Despite this amazing bio diversity and delicate web of species, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of one vegetable oil. That's 6 football fields destroyed each minute. This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents... many of which you buy in your weekly shopping.

Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.

Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means 'Person of the jungle' in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these 'jungle people' are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they've been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.

Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire... all in the name of palm oil.

Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033).

Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That's the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone!

Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.

By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.

Read more: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ooi5VH9rzfY


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=af1rWmHNetA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xUQWpJgCEy8

ANOTHER CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN THE RAIN FORESTS, start choosing our shoes with care.

 

Slaughtering the Amazon from Greenpeace UK on Vimeo.

 

OTHER KEY EMVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

wwwf.org.uk/marineact/fairshare.asp The UK seas are in crisis.

Ask your MP for a Climate Change Bill that works. There are a number of things the Bill must do for it to be effective and perhaps the most important is the UK?s overall CO2 emissions reduction target. The government thinks a 60% reduction by 2050 is a reasonable target, but this is based on old science. The current science tells us that countries like the UK need to cut emissions by at least 80% to deliver our fair share of the carbon clear-up. And WWF research shows that an 80% reduction by 2050 is entirely achievable. The difference between a 60% and an 80% target is the difference between a Bill which rises to the climate change challenge, and one which simply ducks it. Only with
an 80% emissions reduction target can we hope to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Tell your MP that the Climate Change Bill must be strong enough to be effective.

http://www.wwf.org.uk/campaignccbil Follow this link to email your MP

 

The trash vortex The very thing that makes plastic items useful to consumers, their durability and stability, also makes them a problem in marine environments .The trash vortex is one of the most studied areas of plastic accumulation in our oceans. At its maximum the area can reach the size of Texas.

World Crises Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Oc

PLASTIC ARCTIC For many people the Arctic is seen as one of the last wilderness regions left where there has been limited human impact. However, sampling of marine plastic debris over the past few days shows that the far reaching effects of mankind is clearly present even in the Arctic Ocean.

Living green and efficiently is a way to help ourselves save money while also saving the environment in the long run.
The following links could be useful to you. They have been sent in to us by Jasmine Dyoso.

Recycling Basics http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics

Home Energy http://www.improvenet.com/g/home-energy

Conserving Water http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm

Easy Energy-Saving Tips for Your Pool and Hot Tub http://blog.poolcenter.com/article.aspx?articleid=6330

Greening Advisor:Transportation and Accommodation
http://www.nrdc.org/enterprise/greeningadvisor/ta-transportation.asp

Reduce Waste and Save Money At Home
http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Reduce-Waste-and-Save-Money-at-Home.17328.html

40 Tips To Go Green At Home http://theartofsimple.net/tips-to-go-green-at-home/