Category Archives: sustainability

When the leeve isn’t dry

Even in the best case scenario, even if warming can be limited to just the 1.5 degrees agreed at Paris, its inevitable that we’re going to see an increased level of flooding. Higher temperatures means sea level rise. And it … Continue reading

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Rural America under threat from capitalism, climate change and the GOP

Rural America, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump, is under attack from all sides. As this article from the Guardian discusses America’s factory farming system has destroyed rural America, turning many into little more than modern day serfs. Trump’s “tax cut” might actually … Continue reading

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The environmental impact of concrete

What is the most destructive material known to humans? Plutonium? Cyanide? Whatever the hell they put in Marmite? No, it would have to be concrete. The Guardian recently ran a series on the environmental impact of concrete which is worth … Continue reading

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News roundup: Sustainability edition

First solar, now the Tories go after biomass Be careful what you wish for, the Tories might try to implement it and then make a pigs breakfast of everything. For quite sometime, the UK has fallen behind in terms of … Continue reading

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A right to repair?

Recently the EU, when not dealing with Brexit or the rise of right wing populists, proposed something rather sensible, a right to repair. Increasingly many white goods, such as washing machines, fridges, vacuum cleaners have become more and more difficult … Continue reading

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North sentinel Island – a case study in first contact

Late last year, there was the story about a young missionary who, with Darwin award levels of foolishness, landed on North Sentinel Island, an Island populated by an uncontacted tribe known to shoot dead any intruders. And I’m pretty sure, … Continue reading

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Japan and the whale: A case study in how ideology wrecks ecosystems

Seeing a government pursue bad policies is bad enough, but what is worse is when they do so for no good reason. Just pure ideology and pigheaded unwillingness of politicians to admit they might be wrong. Issues such as gun … Continue reading

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