Green Living

Green Brits = hypocrites. Even they love flying

A passion for aviation is the Achilles’ heel of British attempts to live more environmentally-friendly lives. An Exeter University study presented at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference has found that a even people living generally green lives are reluctant to fly less. Cheap flights have become a lifestyle choice, concluded the government-funded study. Aviation …

By Karl Fabricius
Business

Npower plans to commence destruction of Thrupp Lake

Energy supplier npower announced today that preliminary work at the Radley Lakes site in Oxfordshire would commence on 10th September, but conceded that work “would be reviewed” following the results of the ongoing inquiry due in the autumn. The site has been the focus of an extensive legal battle, which has seen the giant energy …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

“The largest man-made environmental catastrophe”

The annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society was rocked yesterday by the announcement by an international team of scientists that arsenic contamination in drinking water is “the largest identified man-made environmental catastrophe”. A presentation by Cambridge University researchers revealed that 60 countries over 5 continents have been affected by arsenic contamination, with South East …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Flood risk from climate change underestimated

For the thousands of people whose homes were damaged in the widespread flooding in the UK this summer, it may seem like a joke. But scientists have announced that climate change may carry an even higher risk of flooding than was first thought. A new model produced by the Met Office’s Hadley Centre has shown …

By Karl Fabricius
Breaking News

Extreme weather destroys Great Wall of China

  It’s a huge part of the national psyche. Rumours abound that it can be seen from space (it generally can’t). Kafka wrote a short story about it. But now the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that parts of the wall are being destroyed – not by the Mongolian hordes it was built to deter, …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Epidemic threatens Mediterranean dolphins

It has been a difficult summer for the Mediterranean. As we reported a few weeks ago, its beaches have been plagued by swarms of jellyfish, the surge in numbers attributed to over-fishing of predators and warmer seas due to climate change. Now environmentalists have been shocked by dozens of dead dolphin corpses washing up on …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Hedgehogs now endangered

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), a document compiled by more than 500 wildlife experts and one of the most highly respected reference sources on UK endangered wildlife, has included hedgehogs and house sparrows among species requiring protection. The number of endangered species has doubled since the first BAP was launched in 1997. However, the latest …

By Karl Fabricius
Politics

UK opposition finally taking climate change seriously

Liberal Democrat party published a groundbreaking blueprint for climate change reform yesterday, to the relief of environmentalists who finally see a mainstream political party giving green issues the attention they deserve. Party Leader Sir Menzies Campbell explained that climate change needed to move up the political agenda, pointing to extreme weather in Australia, the New …

By Karl Fabricius
Oil and Gas

Will algae beat its competitors to become the king source of biofuels?

If you find this information useful and would like to get daily updates, feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed. As you may have read recently, the use of palm oil for the production of biofuels has come under criticism for bad farming practices in Indonesia, endangering orangutans and destroying ecosystems. Now an Arizona …

By Karl Fabricius