P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2030:01    10       by Simon Hardeman VANISHING WILDERNESS It's trendy to head out of a US city in search of a "wilderness experience". But overcrowded campsites, dirty water, and pollution is what people are now finding, associate service boss George Leonard said to a Congressional review of the wilderness areas. There are so many visitors to "wilderness" trails now that toilets have to be sited to cope with the human waste. A new OUR WORLD every Monday. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:00    1 00      by Simon Hardeman BETTER BEACHES...1 Off to the Mediterranean for your holiday? If so, you'll be pleased to discover that beaches there are much cleaner and safer than they have been. In 1975 one in three Med. beaches were not considered good to bathe at. But now, after 13 years of a United Nations — sponsored programme, that has been reduced to one in five. UN Mediterranean environment boss Aldo Manos said better sewage treatment and less waste dumping had helped. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 HOLIDAYS & DAY TRIPS IN WALES 591 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2041:00    2 00      by Simon Hardeman BETTER BEACHES...2 Manos is confident that deliberate dumping in the Med. has been stopped. But his, and the UN's optimism, is not shared by all. The World Wide Fund for Nature (the old World Wildlife Fund) recently said the Med.'s beaches were washed by "300 million tons of dirty water", with wildlife in "a declining state". And just two weeks ago 20 kilometres of Italy's Tuscan beaches was polluted by a chemical accident at Massa. more follows > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:02    3/10      \ by Simon Hardeman BETTER BEACHES...3 Rivers are a major conduit of pollution into the Mediterranean. Manos believed that four of them were still "extremely" polluted — the Rhone, Po, Nile, and Ebro. But Italy's decision to set aside 3.5 billion dollars to clean up the Po was a hopeful sign, especially with France and Italy now telling tourists about the state of their beaches. This year 100 million tourists are expected to visit the Mediterranean — a third of all world tourism. more follows > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:10    4 80       by Simon Hardeman BETTER BEACHES...4 Beach holidays aren't, as one might naively suppose, a strictly Western phenomenon. Neither is beach pollution. Beaches near the Soviet Union's Black Sea resort of Sochi have been closed because of "extremely serious pollution". Some reports quote plague infection as the reason. The beaches at Sochi, on the Crimean and Caspian coasts, and in other areas have been closed for weeks. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2052:04    5        by Simon Hardeman "NERVE GAS" POISONS LOCHS...1 Poison is being poured into Scottish lochs. And it is no ordinary poison — it is a substance related to military nerve gas, says the Marine Conservation Society. The poison — Nuvan — is used in Scotland's booming salmon farming industry to kill sea-lice. The MCS says the way it should be used is inside a cage or box isolated from the surrounding water. But the makers, Ciba-Geigy, have not made this clear on the product says the MCS. It is, as a consequence, washing through sea lochs and into coastal waters. > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2003:10    6        by Simon Hardeman "NERVE GAS" POISONS LOCHS...2 There is research on the effects of Nuvan, but much is not public. What is known, says the MCS, is that lobsters and other crustaceans die within half an hour of exposure to it, and edible crabs are most probably affected, too. Nuvan-poisoned water may have dramatically less plankton — an important food for young turbot, plaice, and sole — and "the baseline of food c——jns", according to MCS person Alison Ross. She told me traditional lobster fishing could be badly affected by Nuvan use in salmon farms. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2002:00    7 00       "£! by Simon Hardeman "NERVE GAS" POISONS LOCHS...3 Alison told me the Scottish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food was in possession of research about the effect of Nuvan, btt won't release it. "It's political", she added. "DAFF has an obvious interest in the industry's development". And it's not just fish that could be at risk. In the USA, the Enviromental Protection Agency is investigating Nuvan and related poisons. There are fears it could cause cancer and liver problems in users. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:13    8/10      by Simon Hardeman SEAL DISASTER Thousands of Scandinavian seals are are being killed by a mystery virus and more than three quarters of the area's entire population is at risk. Biologists believe the seals have been weakened by pollution, acid rain, and the removal (by us) of layers of the food c——jn. So when the viruses hit, they weaken the animals so much more than they fall prey to pneumonia very easily. "We see no sign of it easing up", said Bastad seal co-ordinator Peter Berntsson. more follows > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids
P617 ORACLE 617 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:00    9       by Simon Hardeman CHINA'S CHEMICAL CATASTROPHE China's farmland is being devastated by efforts to grow more crops. 208.5 kilograms of chemical fertiliser is poured each year on every hectare of China's farmland. The world average is 94.5kg per hectare. The consequences are now that massive concentrations of chemicals are being discharged into rivers and streams, and soil balance has been destroyed making it possibly unusable in the future. Chinese farmers are now being urged to use more organic substances. more > Buzz Guide 610 Tech 618 Tech Buzz Line Rock/Pop Kids