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P&O cruise ship dumped 27,000 litres of waste on Great Barrier Reef, Senate hears

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 11:57pm

Australian Maritime Safety Authority report says food waste and grey water spill occurred on 26 August

A P&O cruise ship spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef marine park in August, a Senate estimates hearing has heard.

The Greens senator Larissa Waters told the hearing a report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – which is investigating the incident – had been supplied to her anonymously.

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'Extremely Threatening' Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico's Pacific Coast

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 9:56pm

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, is expected to make landfall on the southwestern coast of Mexico sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.

(Image credit: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)

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FareShare's surplus food redistribution saves UK £51m a year

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 4:01pm

Charities tackling hunger could save Britain £500m a year if they had capacity, finds report

The collection and redistribution of edible food by the UK’s largest charity tackling hunger – and that would otherwise go to waste – saves the UK economy some £51m every year, according to an independent report published on Monday.

If FareShare and other charities in the sector were able to scale up their capacity in order to handle half of the surplus food available in the UK supply chain, the value back to the state could be as much as £500m per year, it claims.

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28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 4:01pm

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’

As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the region could be at the heart of a “clean energy revolution” – with a potential for 46,000 new green jobs – but instead faced economic decline under current plans.

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Migrants building £2.6bn windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/21 - 7:51am

Workers on Beatrice project in Scotland have included irregular migrants on under £5 an hour

Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.

Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy.

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