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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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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 14. Zoos and Botanic Gardens

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 14. Zoos and Botanic Gardens

      Definitions: • Extinct: a species for which there has been no confirmed sighting for 50 years. • Endangered: a species whose continued existence is deemed unlikely if the...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 15. Biofuels

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 15. Biofuels

      Biofuels include wood and forestry wastes such as branches, straw, potato and sugar beet tops, recycled used cooking oils and sewage wastes. The common element is that they are all o...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 16. Feedback Mechanisms in Global Climate

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 16. Feedback Mechanisms in Global Climate

      Is the temperature of our lower atmosphere (troposphere) increasing as a result of human activity? Many scientists would answer: yes, definitely, and many are worried that now that w...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 17. Drinking Water Quality

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 17. Drinking Water Quality

      • In England and Wales drinking water quality is regulated by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI). The DWI checks that our drinking water meets the water quality regulations. ...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 18. Birds as Biomonitors

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 18. Birds as Biomonitors

      Biomonitoring: use of living organisms sensitive to pollution or habitat change which decline in number or disappear when pollution levels rise or their habitat is altered. Effectiv...

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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 19. Data Interpretation: Soils II

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 19. Data Interpretation: Soils II

      This Factsheet uses soils to illustrate why students need to practice data interpretation, and particularly the interpretation of data in tables and graphs. Having completed the A-level i...

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