Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’
Environment Agency calls for urgent action to protect country from river and coastal floodsEntire communities might need to be moved away from coasts and rivers as the UK takes urgent action to prepare for an average global temperature rise of 4C, the Environment Agency warned.The agency said on Thursday that difficult decisions would have to be taken in the coming years to make sure the UK was resilient amid flooding that would not be held back by higher land defences.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sandra Laville Tags: Climate change Coastlines Environment Agency Committee on Climate Change Flooding Paris climate agreement UK news Science Natural disasters and extreme weather Politics Source Type: news

U.S. environment agency says glyphosate weed killer is not a carcinogen
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday that glyphosate, a chemical in many popular weed killers, is not a carcinogen, contradicting decisions by U.S. juries that found it caused cancer in people. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Will a shower of April wins help us flower in May?
With UNISON’s campaign for Go for Growth in May already underway, it’s time to look back on an April that produced more than a few illustrations of just what the UK’s biggest union can do. It began (as these things do) on the first of the month, when we celebrated 20 years of the national minimum wage – an achievement that UNISON made possible. In 1999, we were told that it would cost millions of jobs – but we know how that turned out. But we’re not resting on our laurels and UNISON is committed to campaigning for a real living wage for all. And that’s why, at a Parliamentary recep...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference Bring them in environment agency health and safety international workers' memorial day LGPS living wage local government nhs pay OCS one wage any age pensions divestment Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff back industrial action over pay
Workers at the Environment Agency are to take industrial action after a below-inflation pay rise was forced on staff earlier this year, UNISON said today (Thursday). Staff overwhelmingly backed industrial action in their demand for a fairer offer than the 1.3% rise they were given back in January.  More than 85% of votes cast supported taking action, which includes stopping unpaid overtime and work travel during personal time. Senior managers at the Agency have refused to make a better offer or hold further talks, despite repeated UNISON efforts. Staff are angered their pay falls short of incr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release environment agency Source Type: news

March madness
The phrase “mad as a March hare” is said to stem from the excited behaviour of the European hare during its breeding season, which peaks in the month of March. For anyone living in UK – and the whole of Europe for that matter – the phrase may now forever be associated with British MPs. For most of us, the month was dominated by the madness of Brexit as it came to its heated head. As March closed the UK hadn’t left the EU on time, but the shenanigans dominated the headlines. That said, UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis sagely reminded members that Brexit wasn’t the only issue ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Community Conference Bridge the gap environment agency living wage nhs pay Source Type: news

Severe water shortages could plunge England into 'jaws of death' in 25 years, warns environment agency
England could face severe water shortages in the next 25 years because of climate change and rapid population growth, the head of the UK Environment Agency has warned. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff vote on strike action over pay
The threat of industrial action is looming at the Environment Agency after it decided to force a below inflation pay rise on its 10,000 staff earlier this year, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON is asking Environment Agency staff whether they would be prepared take industrial action to try to win a better wage rise than the 1.3% that’s been imposed on them. Since 2010 staff have faced a 20% real-terms pay cut. UNISON says staff working for the agency are understandably angry, especially as the increase is way below that given to other public sector workers. For example, colleagues doing the same job at the Sc...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release andrew dobbie environment agency Industrial action pay Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’ re balloting Environment Agency members on industrial action
In all of our communities, UNISON members work tirelessly to provide public services. Often unseen, it’s our people who keep our country going. That’s certainly the case for the vital workers in the Environment Agency. They have the vital roles of protecting towns and villages up and down the country from flooding, and preventing environmental pollution. Yet since 2010, they’ve faced 20% real terms pay cuts as a result of the government’s disastrous pay policy – similar to so many others across the public sector. Now, despite lofty claims from the government that “austerity is over&rdquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News environment agency Source Type: news

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns
Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Toxic substances found in nappies in France: government agency
A variety of potentially toxic substances, including the widely-used weed-killer glyphosate, has been found in babies' nappies in France, according to a study on Wednesday by the French environment agency ANSES. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Toxic substances found in diapers in France: government agency
A variety of potentially toxic substances, including glyphosate, has been found in babies' diapers in France, according to a study published on Wednesday by the French environment agency ANSES. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Toxic substances found in nappies in France: government agency
A variety of potentially toxic substances, including glyphosate, has been found in babies' nappies in France, according to a study published on Wednesday by the French environment agency ANSES. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Exclusive: Patients' body parts were stored dangerously for six months
Human body parts from NHS patients have been stored in unrefrigerated units for more than six months resulting in a smell of “decaying flesh” at a scandal hit waste management company, according to Environment Agency documents seen by HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Our Bodies Are Polluted With Plastic, Scientists Warn
VIENNA (CBS Local) — The ocean isn’t the only thing filled with plastic. Our bodies are also polluted with plastic, according to a new study from Austrian scientists. Hundreds of small plastic pieces known as microplastics were found in stool samples of each volunteer who participated in a small pilot study by the Environment Agency Austria and the Medical University of Vienna. “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected — that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,” lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl said Tuesday. “Of particular concern is what this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Researchers Have Found Microplastics in Human Waste for the First Time
A new study found microplastic particles in human waste for the first time, a worrying sign of the prevalence of plastic in the food chain, the Guardian reports. In the small study of participants from Europe, Russia and Japan, all eight were found to have microplastic particles in their stool samples. Out of 10 varieties tested for, nine different plastics were identified in the human waste, with polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate the most common. Based on their findings, the study researchers expect that tiny bits of plastics may be widespread in the human digestive system. “This is the first study of its...
Source: TIME: Science - October 23, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Casey Quackenbush Tags: Uncategorized Environment onetime overnight Source Type: news

Researchers Have Found Microplastics in Human Waste for the First Time
A new study found microplastic particles in human waste for the first time, a worrying sign of the prevalence of plastic in the food chain, the Guardian reports. In the small study of participants from Europe, Russia and Japan — presented at United European Gastroenterology’s meeting in Vienna — all eight were found to have microplastic particles in their stool samples. Out of 10 varieties tested for, nine different plastics were identified in the human waste, with polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate the most common. Based on their findings, the study researchers expect that tiny bits of plastics...
Source: TIME: Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Casey Quackenbush Tags: Uncategorized Environment onetime overnight Source Type: news

Labour calls on minister to 'correct record' over waste incineration capacity
Labour has called on the government to explain why it “apparently contradicted” NHS and Environment Agency officials’ concerns over the capacity of incinerators to burn clinical waste. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trump's Environment Agency Seeks to Roll Back Obama-Era Clean Power Plan Trump's Environment Agency Seeks to Roll Back Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's regulatory efforts to combat climate change, in a move critics said would have dire environmental and health consequences.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

How UNISON has helped beat the January blues
New Year gongs Film and TV stars and sports people may customarily grab the New Year headlines, but they weren’t the only recipients of New Year’s Honours. And there was a particular New Year fizz in the news that two UNISON members, who work tirelessly to protect the country from floods, received MBEs. Carol Holt and Peter Spencer both work for the Environment Agency in the North West, Carol as deputy director for flood incident management, and Peter as a flood hydrologist, advising the agency on forecasting floods and modelling their impact. Andrew Dobbie, UNISON national officer for the union’s water,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Magazine 2018 Black members conference 2018 Higher Education Conference health Health Funding Crisis higher education pay local government pensions scheme water environment and transport Source Type: news

UNISON members ’ work on flood prevention and relief recognised
Two UNISON members have had their vital work protecting the country from floods – and helping communities deal with them when they do happen – recognised in the New Year Honours. Carol Holt and Peter Spencer work for the Environment Agency – and each received an MBE in the awards announced at the weekend. But both praised the colleagues and teams they work with. Carol, who is based in north west England, is deputy director for flood incident management and has worked for the agency since 1991. Responding to the award, she told the agency: “It’s great to be part of a team delivering public...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News environment agency flood defence floods water environment and transport WET Source Type: news

Interactive map reveals pollutant levels across Europe
The map was created by the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency. The map is marked with coloured dots, each  indicating that the level of at least one pollutant is 'very bad'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution killing thousands of Europeans every year, according to the EU's environmental authority
(Natural News) A report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, has revealed that ambient air pollution still accounted for more than half a million premature deaths across Europe despite little improvements in the continent’s air quality. The recent report has shown that 520,400 premature deaths in 41 European countries have been caused by air pollutants stemming from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year
The Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency found 520,400 premature deaths in 41 European countries were caused by air pollutants from fossil fuels in 2014. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BAM, UBA and BfR in US to promote careers in German departmental research
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Together with the Bundesanstalt f ü r Materialforschung und -pr ü fung and the German Environment Agency, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment will provide information about careers in departmental research to German scientists in the US at the Annual Convention of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in San Francisco from Aug. 25-27, 2017. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Miles of forgotten first world war trenches unearthed in England
Vast extent of the fortifications surprises archaeologists who used new technology and the knowledge of local historiansThe full extent of the networks of trenches and defensive fortifications built in England during the first world war has been revealed in the first major survey of its kind.Detailing how resources were concentrated along England ’s eastern and southern coasts – where the main thrust by an invading German army was expected to come – the study draws on existing periodicals and local history as well asLiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data gleaned from the use of lasers by the Enviro...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: First world war UK news Archaeology Science Source Type: news

UNISON is ‘ strong and stable ’ WET conference hears
“We are strong and stable – even if the government isn’t.” That was the message from UNISON’s water, environment and transport (WET) service group executive chair Ruth Davis this morning, as she addressed the group’s conference in Brighton. “We live in difficult times, but we must carry on and not allow” people to make us change our lives,” she said of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, together with the Grenfell Tower fire. Ms Davis thanked public service workers who have tackled these events. Reminding delegates of the Conservative government&rsquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News WET WET conference 2017 Source Type: news

UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform, dubbed the Global Mosquito Alert, that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Singapore confirms two new cases of Zika virus
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

No new Zika cases in Singapore on Tuesday - government agency website
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore did not report any new cases of Zika virus on Tuesday, according to data published on National Environment Agency website. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Singapore says confirms 26 more local transmission Zika cases
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore confirmed 26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections, the health ministry and National Environment Agency (NEA)said in a joint statement on Saturday, bringing the tally to 215. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Africa: 'Pollution Kills As Many People As Cancer Does'
[UN News] The new head of the United Nations environment agency today laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Bolt of Lightning Has Killed 323 Reindeer in Norway
A single lightning strike is believed to have killed more than 300 reindeer in Norway. A total of 323 reindeer were found dead in the southern part of Norway on the Hardangervidda plateau, a press release from the Norwegian Environment Agency said. Among the 323 killed were 70 calves. An official from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate discovered their carcasses during a routine inspection on Friday. Officials said they believe the herd of reindeer was killed by lightning strike as they huddled together during a heavy thunderstorm. Of the 323 reindeer killed, five had to be euthanized because of their injuries. (Source: TI...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized animals norway Source Type: news

NTU and NEA collaborate to develop a waste-to-energy research facility
(Nanyang Technological University) The National Environment Agency (NEA) today signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) to co-fund the development of a S$40 million Waste-To-Energy Research Facility. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 13, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Shadow minister praises UNISON’s work for a living wage water industry
“Thanks to UNISON’s hard work, the water industry is becoming the first multi-company industry to adopt the living wage,” shadow minister Alex Cunningham told delegates at UNISON’s water, environment and transport conference in Brighton today. The shadow minister for water and the environment praised UNISON for its Making Waves for the Living Wage campaign, which calls on all UK water companies to sign up as accredited living wage employers. However, the battle is not yet over – delegates need to keep up the pressure to ensure “the living wage for all in the water industry” by...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 19, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Environment environment agency EU water water environment and transport WET conference 2016 Source Type: news

Greater cooperation needed to tackle poor air quality and other health threats in pan-European region: UN
Air pollution, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the pan-European region, according to the latest report by the UN environment agency and the UN economic commission in Europe. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after cars ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after cars ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after c...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Extra funding for flood defences welcome but don’t forget staff on the ground, says UNISON
Welcoming the Chancellor’s decision to increase tax insurance to pay for flood defences, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “More funding for flood defences should help save people the pain of washed out homes and businesses. “During the recent storms, when flood defences were breached and rivers burst their banks, at times there weren’t enough staff on the ground or in incident rooms making sure people were rescued and defences mended. “Ministers must use some of this money to reverse the staffing cuts that have seen Environment Agency struggle to cope during serious flooding. &ldquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 16, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget Budget 2016 environment agency water environment and transport Source Type: news

Hazardous waste changes cut burden for dentistry
The BDA has welcomed changes to hazardous waste regulations that mean dentists in England no longer have to register their premises with the Environment Agency, cutting down on the administrative burden for practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 29, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Keeping the floods at bay
Amanda Cruddas is an environment officer in Penrith, Cumbria. Her usual job involves dealing with pollution incidents where there is a fire or a chemical spillage. But over the festive season, Amanda joined her colleagues from all departments in the flood incident room, working through the night to keep people safe and deal with the effects of flooding. “Staff were happy to be able to help,” she recalls. “We had to give up our Christmas plans, but we felt lucky that we had dry homes to go to. “When I arrived at 10pm on Christmas night, there were staff who’d worked all day who wanted to stay o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 15, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: tonyb Tags: Magazine News cuts at the environment agency flood defence floods water environment and transport Source Type: news

‘No more cuts to the Environment Agency’
In the wake of flooding across the country, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has called on the government to guarantee there will be no more cuts to the Environment Agency. UNISON, the largest union in the Environment Agency, has run a long campaign against cuts to resources and jobs. During the 2014 floods, the union secured a partial climb down from prime minister David Cameron over proposed cuts to the agency. But a “strategic resources allocation review” went ahead, leading to the loss of 2,000 jobs. UNISON members dealing with the latest round of floods have reported that the huge strain the organisat...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: Article News cuts at the environment agency floods water water environment and transport Source Type: news

Trade Union Bill campaign will be the priority, says executive
UNISON’s campaigning priority over the next few months will be the Trade Union Bill currently “worming its way through the House of Lords,” the union’s national executive council heard at its meeting in London today. “Our aim is to make sure this legislation is not carried, rather than concentrate on what we’ll do after it’s carried,” Dave Prentis stressed in his general secretary’s report to the meeting. “This is achievable. We can do it.” UNISON is working closely with other unions and the TUC on the campaign, the NEC heard, particularly on issues around i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 9, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: tonyb Tags: Article News autumn statement floods health care local government national executive council NEC NHS police and justice save the NHS bursary trade union bill trade union bill 2015 water environment and transport WET Source Type: news

UNISON members are working flat out
As wind and rain continues to batter the north of England – particularly in Cumbria – I want to pay tribute to all our people who are working flat out to keep people safe and save as many homes and businesses from the rising waters as possible.  The region saw a staggering 32cm of rain fall over the weekend, with UNISON members across the services – from local government to police and fire services, the NHS, the Environment Agency and more – battling the chaos that the elements have delivered. It’s less than two years ago, in February 2014, that I was writing something similar, as the gov...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News climate environment agency environment and transport Fire and rescue support floods local government police water Source Type: news

Celebrity chefs serve up free meals from discarded food – UN environment agency
For those who have never tried ‘rejected’ veggie curry made with ‘saved’ coconut milk served with ‘broken rice’ and washed down with corn cob tea, two United Nations agencies have joined up with an Australian food charity for an event with a menu that also included ‘fish scrap cake’ and ‘rescued’ mango relish, accompanied by ‘leftover’ nine-grain followed by ‘rescued’ bread pudding for dessert. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Holding back the tide
UNISON members working for the Environment Agency at the Thames Barrier represent “the epitome of the public service ethic at its very best”, declared UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis after a visit to meet staff who operate this iconic piece of British engineering. “By day and through the night, seven days a week, UNISON members are part of a team doing an essential job – monitoring the ever-present danger of flood to London and being there to take action if needed. “As Thames Barrier staff talk about what they do, it quickly becomes apparent that not only do they enjoy a generally good r...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 11, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: Article Magazine environment and transport water Source Type: news

Stinking 10,000 tonne pile of rubbish in Great Heck, Yorkshire investigated by Environment Agency
Villagers in Great Heck say the mountain of waste smells "absolutely vile" and contains old nappies and sanitary towels (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: great heck stink goole pile yorkshire environment agency waste rubbish smell mountain Source Type: news

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize
By Lisa VivesNEW YORK, Apr 22 2015 (IPS)On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.Courtesy of the Goldman Prize.“At first we thought he had malaria or typhoid, but doctors found he was suffering from lead poisoning,” Omido recalled. The lead was traced to a smelter where Phyllis had recen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lisa Vives Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Environment Headlines Health Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Goldman Environmental Prize Phyllis Omido Source Type: news

UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says
Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 26, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Karl Mathiesen Tags: Bees Pesticides Environment Farming Insects Wildlife UK news Science Source Type: news