There is an EU directive which insists that
electrical equipment manufacturers take responsibility for disposing of their
equipment after its useful life. So it
is high time that the same applied to the food and drinks industry. That's why the new campaign from CPRE (The Campaign to Protect Rural England) is well worth supporting. More
nef's latest report on 'clone towns', Reimagining the High Street, clearly touched a nerve yesterday, not least because we named Cambridge as having Britain's blandest shopping street. Many people have been baffled and upset at why one of the country's most iconic and historic places has been crowned with such a dubious honour.
Three years ago, I felt like a bit of a loan voice. I’d been
increasingly highlighting my concerns about a mounting reliance on a
magic bullet (or a number of them) to mitigate against climate change.
But, most of the time, I just got glazed looks, or doe-eyed responses
from proponents of technological fixes (e.g. nuclear or carbon capture and storage) that: ‘all I care about is preventing runaway climate change’. As if I don’t.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) involves the capture of the greenhouse gas CO2 produced from the combustion of fossil fuels. The captured and compressed CO2 is
then transported to a location for long-term storage. While several
proposals for the storage phase exist, geological storage has received
the most attention. This is partly because it is believed to have the
least logistical constraints.
The reality of the closed airspace due to the volcanic plume from an
eruption near the Icelandic glacier Eyjafjallajoekull (pronounced
aya-feeyapla-yurkul) hit me whilst strolling back along the Southbank
on a warm spring Sunday afternoon. As I walked along the river, the
world seemed strangely calm. The overhead roar of jet engines from
aircraft as they march with military precession along the flight path
to Heathrow, were conspicuous by their absence.
But, such events also reveal that we are hugely dependent on what
often seems like hidden infrastructure, woven together to create an
intricate web of interdependence across the globe.
I happened to hear Anthony Seldon (Blair's biographer) talking about that biography on the BBC over the weekend, and - apart from saying you learned nothing new from it - he listed three things in particular which the book should have shed some light on, but didn't.
1. Why did Blair join the Labour Party?
2. Why did his decade in power achieve so little? OK, peace in Northern Ireland and devolution to Scotland and Wales, plus the banking bubble - but what else? More
In his Guardian column this week, Aditya Chakrabortty wrote how workers are becoming slaves to routine, with only a lucky few still possessing any real autonomy. It's time that we changed the way we work.
The Camp for Climate Action outside the headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh
does not so far seem to have shifted the subsidised bank in a more greener
are still subsidising the polluting business of extracting oil from tar sands,
just as they are financing the oil and gas extraction that is accelerating
global warming – and just as they were before the bank nosedived.
Twenty five months ago, working with my colleague, a climate
scientist, Dr Victoria Johnson, and others, I decided to find out how
long it would take before, on the best data available, we would begin
to cross red lines where climatic instability and extremes were
concerned. A quarter of that time has now passed.