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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 04. Ionising Radiation

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 04. Ionising Radiation

      What is ionising radiation? A bit of GCSE science revision: Elements can exist in different forms, known as isotopes. Different isotopes of an element have the same number of protons in ...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 05. Rice Production

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 05. Rice Production

      Introduction Rice is the most important food crop and a staple food for 40% of the world’s population. More than 90% of rice is grown and consumed in Asia. It accounts for a t...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 06. Genetic Engineering

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 06. Genetic Engineering

      A transgenic organism is an animal or plant into which a gene from a different species has been inserted.   Examples of transgenic animals: • Pharming: insertion of genes fr...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 07. Forest Production: - mangroves & cost-benefit analysis

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 07. Forest Production: - mangroves & cost-benefit analysis

      Introduction All over the world mangrove ecosystems are threatened with destruction. Mangroves are a unique tropical ecosystem which occur most often along protected coastal shores ...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 08. Energy Use - ethical implications

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 08. Energy Use - ethical implications

      There are ethical implications not only to do with the amount of energy we use, but also the source of that energy. There are two important considerations: 1. How does our energy us...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 09. Planning and Green Belts

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 09. Planning and Green Belts

      Introduction In 2002 the government began a thorough review of the planning system. They published a consultation paper – a report on how the planning system works with many p...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 10. Smogs and Inversions

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 10. Smogs and Inversions

      Introduction There are two types of smog: 1. Smog caused by suspended particulate matter (SPM), which is often associated with sulphur compounds released when fossil fuels are burn...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 11. Managing Radioactive Waste

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 11. Managing Radioactive Waste

      Introduction In September 2001 the government published a consultation document in order to stimulate a nationwide debate on how nuclear waste should be managed in the UK. The closi...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 12. North Sea Fisheries

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 12. North Sea Fisheries

      In October 2002 the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES www.ices.dk) called for a complete ban on cod fishing in the North Sea, Skagerrak, Irish Sea and waters...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 13. Extraction of Petroleum

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 13. Extraction of Petroleum

      Introduction Petroleum is found in the microscopic pores of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone and limestone. Not all of the pores in a rock will contain petroleum - some will be f...

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