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The rates and impacts of sand mining in the Lower Mekong River, Vietnam

We provide here a link to a YouTube webinar recording (1 hour in length) which gives an insight into the rate and impact of sand mining on the River Mekong, Vietnam.   This is an academic seminar, presented by Dr. Chris Hackney, Newcastle University.   It confirms that sand mining of rivers in SE Asia […]

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How Zurich, Switzerland, has blazed a trail for Recycled Concrete

This is a copy of an article published by Bloomberg CityLab + Green, 27th September 2021.   It records how cities, particularly Zurich in Switzerland, are now trying to make all new concrete buildings be constructed from recycled aggregate.   In 2002 Zurich built a school using 80% recycled aggregate, in 2005 the city’s government […]

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Illegal sand mining is ruining these countries’ ecosystems

  This is a 30 minutes video report by Vice News which reports on the sand mining taking place in Bangladesh’s rivers.   This river mining for sand is taking place on a massive scale, much of it being conducted illegally.   It is having a profound ecological impact on the country’s rivers.   Whilst […]

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As scientists explore how life in the abyss could generate new medicines, is deep-sea mining threatening to wipe it out?

The Guardian 29th September 2021. Article from The Guardian series: Seascape: the state of our oceans   As scientists explore how life in the abyss could generate new medicines, is deep-sea mining threatening to wipe it out? by Helen Scales, The Guardian, 29th September 2021.   It has been 30 years since the last new […]

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Is Deep Sea Mining required to make the electric vehicle revolution possible?

The Guardian 28th September 2021. Article from The Guardian series: Seascape: the state of our oceans   ‘False choice’: is deep-sea mining required for an electric vehicle revolution? by Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, 28th September 2021.   At the Goodwood festival of speed near Chichester, the crowds gathered at the hill-climb circuit to watch the […]

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The Pacific island of Nauru commences the process to obtain a deep ocean mining licence

The Guardian 27th September 2021. Article from The Guardian series: Seascape: the state of our oceans   Race to the bottom: the disastrous blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea by Jonathan Watts, Guardian Global Environment Editor.   A short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South Pacific to a little-known institution […]

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A Brief History of Oil Pollution in the Oceans, featuring Torrey Canyon incident

Written by Brian Morgan, Marinet member — a short biography about Brian Morgan is available on his Marinet blog page.   The Torrey Canyon Incident This article relates to oil pollution at sea, and especially the far reaching effects of the Torrey Canyon incident. The Torrey Canyon was an oil tanker, en route from Kuwait […]

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What Are The Dangers Of Deep Sea Mining

Deep in the ocean lie what some say are crucial resources for expanding the world’s renewable energy. The discovery of mineral riches in the deep-sea has sparked a mining mania, but also concern about environmental impact. Mining companies are hoping to gather metals and minerals called polymetallic nodules which contain manganese and cobalt, elements that […]

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House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee takes expert evidence on sewage pollution of the rivers and sea

We provide here a link to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s expert witness session, 21st April 2021, which examined the nature, cause and scale of sewage pollution of the country’s rivers and sea.  

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BBC 1 TV’s Panorama looks at sewage pollution of rivers and the sea

We provide here a link to the BBC 1 Panorama programme, 12th April 2021, which examined the nature, cause and scale of sewage pollution of the country’s rivers and sea.  

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Supplementary submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Water Quality in Rivers’ inquiry looking at the extent of ultra-violet (UV) treatment at UK sewage treatment works

This supplementary submission to the Env. Audit Committee considers the treatment of human sewage at sewage treatment works (STWs) in the UK, focusing primarily on data relating to the English water companies on the assumption that the other countries of the UK are following a similar pattern. For discharges of treated sewage effluent to rivers […]

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Supplementary submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Water Quality in Rivers’ inquiry looking at the impact of indoor intensive livestock (factory) farming

This supplementary submission to the Env. Audit Committee considers the scale and impact of intensive livestock (factory) farming in the United Kingdom, accompanied by the key questions of what happens to the animal sewage waste arising from these farms, is this animal sewage waste properly treated, and is it entering the the rivers and the […]

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The Marinet submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Water Quality in Rivers, February 2021

The Marinet submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, February 2021, in connection with this Committee’s audit inquiry into Water Quality in Rivers.   The Marinet submission addresses the causes, consequential dangers and solutions surrounding this pollution. Please click here to view the Marinet submission as a PDF file.  

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The Hansard record of the House of Commons Committee Stage debate and vote on Amendment 200 to amend the Environment Bill 2019-2021

The Hansard record of the House of Commons Committee Stage debate and vote on Amendment 200 to amend the Environment Bill 2019-2021 in order to create a legal requirement on water companies to address first class sewage treatment in their sewerage and drainage management plans required by the Environment Bill (Clause 76, section 3) and […]

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We provide here the Briefing for Members of Parliament and other interested persons about the Amendment to Clause 76, section 3, of the Environment bill 2019-2021 in order to remedy sewage pollution of sea bathing waters and rivers. This Briefing explains the nature of the amendment, the scope of the problem it addresses and how it solves the problem

Environment Bill 2019 – 2021. Amendment to Section 76 to address Sewage Pollution of UK Rivers and Coastal Waters. This Briefing covers the following points: • The text of the proposed Amendment. • The nature, causes and scale of the problem which the Amendment addresses. • How the Amendment is able to address the problem […]

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We provide here a copy of the Amendment, number 200, on the Environment Bill order paper for amendments

   

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MARINET’s video on The Impact of Offshore Aggregate Dredging – Part 3

MARINET’s 24 minute video presentation on Marine Aggregate Dredging providing a balanced view from all stakeholders, can be seen by clicking below. Although some of content is now several years old, the points of view remain topical. It is presented in three parts which may be played sequentially or individually.    

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MARINET’s video on The Impact of Offshore Aggregate Dredging – Part 2

MARINET’s 24 minute video presentation on Marine Aggregate Dredging providing a balanced view from all stakeholders, can be seen by clicking below. Although some of content is now several years old, the points of view remain topical. It is presented in three parts which may be played sequentially or individually.    

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Is Fish Biodiversity slipping through the net of governance proposed by the new UN High Seas Treaty?

We provide here access to an article in connection with the UN High Seas Treaty, titled “High Seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net”, published in Nature Ecology and Environment Vol. 3 pages 1273-1276 (2019). In addition, we offer a Marinet Commentary.  

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Ocean Acidification due to elevated atmospheric CO2 levels : an explanation

We provide here an article, based on a Smithsonian Institute background paper, which explains the process leading to the current reduction in the alkalinity of the ocean (acidification) and the related hypotheses and thinking about the consequences. This reduction in the ocean’s alkalinity is directly attributable to elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, 50% […]

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