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Published on 9 Jul 2014
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, says his country will abide by the decision passed down by the international court of justice and adds that differences on whaling between Australia and Japan should not impact on ‘favourable bilateral relationships’. Abe also says Japan will resume whaling for ‘research’ purposes but that the country is a ‘good international citizen’ and will adhere to the ICJ ruling.
Source: Frank Leen – Youtube
Lego’s brand partnership with Shell is ill-judged, argues Katie Collins, Junior Staff Writer, Wired.co.uk.
Greenpeace has created a parody video entitled Everything is NOT awesome as part of a campaign to bring to an end Lego’s brand partnership with oil company Shell.
Put together by London creative agency Don’t Panic, the video depicts Lego minifigs, including Father Christmas, huskies and polar bears drowning in oil with a maudlin version of Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie soundtrack as backing music. As you might imagine, it’s pretty dark, but it’s also very effective.
“We love Lego. You love Lego. Everyone loves Lego,” the video caption states. “But when Lego’s halo effect is being used to sell propaganda to children, especially by an unethical corporation who are busy destroying the natural world our children will inherit, we have to do something.
Read the full story here
We love LEGO. You love LEGO. Everyone loves LEGO.
RISKS of fracking have been “exaggerated” and should not be ruled out in national parks, according to the head of the Environment Agency.1
Agency chairman Christopher Smith said hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – could be “useful” in helping Britain to reduce its reliance on imported gas because it causes “minimal visual intrusion” to the environment.
The fracking process involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into rock deep underground at high pressure to extract shale gas and oil.
There is potentially more than eight billion barrels of shale oil under the Weald basin in Sussex – but critics argue the process contaminates water supplies and can cause earthquakes.
Lord Smith, who is due to step down next month, said he did not agree with the concerns of anti-fracking campaigners.
He told a national newspaper: “The campaigners fall into two camps. One is very much campaigning against the local impact of drilling at particular sites.
“Provided it’s done carefully and proper regulated, those fears are definitely exaggerated. There’s another set of campaigners who say, ‘This is a better fuel to burn than coal but it’s still a fossil fuel and we ought to be putting everything into renewable and not doing shale gas at all’.
“I don’t agree that with analysis because we aren’t yet ready to see 100 percent of our energy requirements being produced from renewables.”
He said he would not rule out fracking in national parks like the South Downs because “provided it’s being done properly, the visual impact can be very limited indeed. It will depend on any individual location”.
He said: “The South Downs National Park Authority is currently considering an application from Celtique Energie to exploratory drill for shale oil and gas in Fernhurst, near Chichester.”
Energy company Cuadrilla Resources has been actively testing at a site in Balcombe for more than a year, but has ruled out fracking.
A spokeswoman from Britain and Ireland Frack Free said: “Lord Smith’s view on fracking is an indication that the government, and agencies, are wilfully choosing to ignore the large amount of peer reviewed scientific reports that prove fracking is not and cannot be made safe. The continued reference by agencies and individuals that fracking will be ‘safe’ if ‘properly regulated’ is a betrayal to the public.”
- I always thought that the ‘Environment Agency’ was FOR the Environment and not against it as it would appear here in the UK. ↩
A fracking protest at Balcombe
During the last couple of weeks correspondence/reports to The Argus about fracking have been numerous, expressing concern that proposed planning decisions have been put on hold for more evidence to emerge.
The Government plan to introduce legislation for oil/gas companies to conduct drilling exploration beneath areas is totally undemocratic.
All political parties carry the responsibility for this. Democracy is being replaced by hypocrisy.
Decisions on fracking for gas/oil must be left in the hands of local communities not Government.
Westminster needs to be firmly reminded of this.
Future generations must be protected to ensure environmental safeguards are maintained.
The future availability and supply of clean water within society is of paramount importance.
It must not be exploited by Governments or multinational firms.
‘No gas – no lights?’ – ‘No water – no life!’ J Burns, Henfield.