Tom Anderson, SEPA’s environmental partnership manager, says there are key differences between how Scotland and Denmark treat their waste. Britain is set to follow the example set elsewhere in Europe by introducing the subject of fuel efficiency to driving tests from 2008 in a bid to help reduce polluting emissions and make driving safer. Learners will be given tips on how to accelerate and brake more efficiently and how best to use their gears to make their driving more fuel efficient: and they’ll be assessed on these new skills as part of their practical test.
Making slight changes such as avoiding hard acceleration, sharp breaking and aggressive driving can use less fuel as can avoiding carrying unnecessary loads in the boot or on the roof. New drivers will also be reminded how a reduction in their driving speed might save them money, and reduce their risk of accidents. Sydney Weather Guide – Enact Conveyancing Brisbane Minimum emissions occur between 40-60 miles per hour (mph) but increase with higher speeds: driving at 70mph can use up to 30% more fuel than driving at 50mph. It called for a 40% cut in NOx emissions in the long term and a reduction in the permitted sulphur content of fuel from the current limit of 1. 5% to 1%.
Support for community groups trying to tackle the rising tide of litter, such as those who volunteer for the MCS Adopt-aBeach and Beachwatch projects, would therefore also be a welcome component of future bathing water strategies. According to the MCS Beachwatch 2005 report, UK beach litter levels are 90% higher than when surveys started in 1994. Even with pristine water quality, a beach spoilt by excessive littering can discourage visitors, resulting in beach litter regularly topping polls of coastal community concerns.
With heavy summer rain the ubiquitous joker in the pack, Scotland faces an immense challenge in meeting new European standards on coastal pollution over the next nine years. Where Clyde gained ground last year, Highland, East Lothian and Berwickshire lost a little, with unexpected failures at Nairn and Eyemouth, and several recommendations rescinded, due to increased agricultural run-off following heavy rain, particularly in June and July.