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Survey finds that 43% of young women in London were sexually harrassed in public last year

By Alexandra Topping / The Guardian Sexual harassment is a persistent and dangerous problem on Britain’s streets, women’s charities have warned, as a poll reveals that more than four in 10 young women were sexually harassed in the capital over the last year. A YouGov survey of 1,047 Londoners commissioned by End Violence Against Women … Continue reading Survey finds that 43% of young women in London were sexually harrassed in public last year

Nuclear waste contaminating hundreds of sites in the UK, investigation reveals

By Rob Edwards / The Guardian Hundreds of sites across England and Wales could be contaminated with radioactive waste from old military bases and factories, according to a new government report. Up to 1,000 sites could be polluted, though the best guess is that between 150 and 250 are, says a report on contaminated land … Continue reading Nuclear waste contaminating hundreds of sites in the UK, investigation reveals

Study finds that air pollution is killing 13,000 people a year in the UK

By John Vidal / The Guardian Air pollution is prematurely killing 13,000 people a year in Britain compared with fewer than 2,000 deaths a year from road accidents, a major study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has concluded. Of these, cars and lorries are thought to be responsible for 7,000 deaths, aviation almost 2,000, … Continue reading Study finds that air pollution is killing 13,000 people a year in the UK

UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Britons’ consumption of goods such as TVs and mobile phones made in China has “outsourced” the UK’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and is leading to a net increase in global emissions, according to a report from an influential committee of MPs. While the UK’s own greenhouse-gas emissions have been tumbling, people … Continue reading UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

In 2012, North Sea has been suffering oil and chemical spills more than five days a week

By Karrie Gillett / Press Association Sixty-nine oil and chemical spills in the North Sea have been reported in three months. Eighteen companies were named in a table published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The most recent incident was a gas leak at Total’s Elgin platform on 25 March. Professor Andrew Watterson, … Continue reading In 2012, North Sea has been suffering oil and chemical spills more than five days a week

US and UK exporting surveillance technologies to nations with “poor human rights records”

By Jamie Doward / The Observer Britain is exporting surveillance technology to countries run by repressive regimes, sparking fears it is being used to track political dissidents and activists. The UK’s enthusiastic role in the burgeoning but unregulated surveillance market is becoming an urgent concern for human rights groups, who want the government to ensure … Continue reading US and UK exporting surveillance technologies to nations with “poor human rights records”

New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

By BBC News The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is … Continue reading New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

Activists organizing coalition against fracking in the UK

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian The biggest meeting on the issue of fracking for shale gas to be held in the UK will take place in Manchester on Saturday in an attempt to set up a broad nationwide coalition to stop the controversial practice. Protest groups have been set up in areas currently affected … Continue reading Activists organizing coalition against fracking in the UK

Twelve UK nuclear sites in danger of flooding due to climate change

By Rob Edwards / The Guardian As many as 12 of Britain’s 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion because of climate change, according to an unpublished government analysis obtained by the Guardian. Nine of the sites have been assessed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) … Continue reading Twelve UK nuclear sites in danger of flooding due to climate change

Activists occupying planned nuclear site in the UK

By John Vidal, The Guardian Environmental activists have occupied the site of what is planned to be Britain’s first new nuclear power station since 1995, and on Friday accused EDF of “ignoring democracy” and starting work on the £10bn project without permission to build the station. Eight people have occupied the semi-derelict Langborough farmhouse on … Continue reading Activists occupying planned nuclear site in the UK