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Frontier Environment News of the Week 01/10/2018

1 Oct 2018 16:00 PM

Photo Credit: Flickr | Jorge Lascar

Edited with permission by Frontier

Concern from conservationists as National Parks targeted for nuclear waste burial site

UK government urged by green groups to stop their plans to bury British nuclear waste underneath existing National Parks.

Finding a community to host a place for atomic waste restarted at the beginning of this year after its failure to find any successful taker five years ago, but the government have not ruled out national parks as a possible destination.

Groups such as the National Trust concerned with national environment have grouped together to express their concerns with the implications of these new plans. Over 18 groups have enforced dissatisfaction and worry for the national parks. 

Green groups and conservationists are flagging up the problem that it may cost national parks over £6 billion worth of funds spent by the millions that visit these national parks.

The Lake District has been a target due to its nuclear history next to Cumbria. The county has held most of the UK’s nuclear waste and is the storage place for this, so seems fitting for the task.

No confirmation of which site will be used to host the nuclear waste, but plans are currently in place to determine where it shall be stored. 

Photo credit: The Guardian | Getty

Previously jailed anti-fracking activists fight back with a protest video 

Jailed for an 84-hour fracking protest, three campaigners have released a video to advocate their activism and put out a message that they will not be backing down. 

After the demonstration last year, four protestors naming themselves the ‘Frack Free Four’ were given between 15 to 16 months in prison and became the first protestors to receive an official sentence for their activism against gas extraction. Only three of them feature in the video.

Last year, Simon Roscoe Blevins, Richard Roberts and Richard Loizou were found guilty of public disruption after they participated in extreme activism. They jumped onto lorries carrying drilling equipment for fracking, blocking the transport from moving; Roberts stayed on the top of one of the lorries for four days in just a shirt and shorts.

They have now released a video explaining their dignity and support of the fracking free activism, which intends to put a stop to fracking initiatives which involves digging unsustainably into the earth.

Roscoe commented, ““This won’t break us, we will come out stronger. Some may view us as victims, but we refuse to be victimised by this. The real victims will be future generations suffering preventable disasters caused by climate change. Our friends and fellow campaigners outside will continue to fight for a ban on fracking and for a just transition to a renewable and democratically owned energy system.”

Photo credit: The Independent | PA

Earthquake and tsunami hits Indonesia, leaving hundreds dead

At least 844 people have been confirmed dead after a natural disaster sweeping Indonesia with an earthquake and tsunami.

Death tolls are rising, leaving volunteers to bury victims in a mass grave over the country after dozens were hit by the catastrophe. 

Many are still missing and fighting underneath the ruins caused by an earthquake triggering the tsunami which impacted just off of the island of Sulawesi last Friday. 

Indonesia activated a tsunami warning after the earthquake when danger was announced by the meteorological and geophysics agency BMKG. Just half an hour later, the warning was removed and the tsunami then hit the island. 

Some have criticised BMKG for their mistake, commenting that the danger was lifted to quickly but the meteorological company argues that the waves hit when the warning was alerted, and that there were no more tsunami waves after the alert ended. 

The waves grew up to as much as six metres and created destruction on buildings and the environment. Most of the victims in Palu were killed due to the tsunami. 

The death toll is unconfirmed as volunteers are still searching for missing people, and heavy lifting equipment is attempting to reach those still alive. 

Photo credit: BBC | AFP


By Caitlin Casey - Online Journalism Intern

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