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There are 21 posts tagged: "environment"

Whatever grits you through the night
7 January 2022
Traffic Scotland hosts the Trunk Road Gritter Tracker, a handy-dandy, at-a-glance overview of where its gritter and de-icing trucks are working. Each truck is colour-coded, depending on whether it's currently deployed or in depot. This is the sort of information that the public needs! (more…)
Green sky thinking
2 January 2022
Following COP26, now is the time for politicians to make bold pledges; irrespective of achievability. Because grand but empty gestures are just what the world needs. Forget the implementation and actual impact, we'll fix that in post. Or not. (rolleyes) (more…)
5G or 0G(enes)
18 December 2021
Necklaces and accessories that are claimed to protect against 5G, which isn't harmful to health, have been found to be radioactive, which is. Hmmm. (thinking) (more…)
3 November 2021
Because we've all been there, haven't we? (more…)
1 November 2021
The pekapeka, or long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus (North Island)), has won the title of New Zealand's bird of the year. The victory has upset some people, who unironically took to Twitter—hohoho!—to complain. Nevertheless, the organisers of the poll, Forest & Bird, remain unrepentant. (more…)
Take me home, racist roads
10 August 2021
Tucked into US President Joe Biden's expansive infrastructure bill is a plan to knock down racist roads - but its success is an open question. (more…)
5 August 2021
Seventeen people from a Bangladeshi wedding party have been killed, and another fourteen injured, as several bolts of lightning hit the group while they were disembarking from a boat. (more…)
When lightning strikes
12 July 2021
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, deaths from lightning strikes during the monsoon period have doubled since the 1960s. One of the reasons to which they attribute this is the climate crisis. (more…)
E or H2?
11 June 2021
The BBC's chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, tells us Why it's the end of the road for petrol stations. (more…)
The great divide
7 June 2021
Writing for BBC Travel, Richard Collett explores the Tamar River's divide, separating Cornwall from the rest of Britain. It's a fairly trite piece, but a couple of points got me thinking, which is always at best uncomfortable, if not outright dangerous. (more…)
At one with nature
31 May 2021
Children in Blackpool don't have enough access to nature, at least according to teachers at Westminster Primary Academy. They have cited a nine-year-old who had never seen the sea, despite living in a seaside town, and a ten-year-old who didn't know what a duck was. (more…)
Flight to nowhere
23 April 2021
Writing for BBC Worklife, Mark Johanson examines The creative experiences indulging our nostalgia for planes. It seems that there are people who actually enjoy spending their time in airport departures. Weirdos! (more…)
My statistics are better than yours
2 April 2021
If the impact of air travel on climate change is to be tackled, then I can't help but think that there are more effective approaches than nibbling at the edges like this. Let alone whether that goal is even meaningful in the wider context of environmental degradation. (more…)
Come fly with me
31 March 2021
From the Bonkers Institute comes an analysis which concludes that A small minority of frequent flyers dominate air travel. No shit! I guess that must be why they're called frequent flyers then. At least that little question's cleared up. (more…)
You are what you eat
25 October 2020
BBC Food asks: How can changing your food shop help biodiversity? (more…)
The times they are a'changin'
19 July 2020
David Shukman, the BBC's science editor, asks whether climate change could mean that Summers could become too hot for humans. Except that he doesn't, really. (more…)
It's a gas
16 July 2020
We all recognise the dangers of global warming and climate change. Or, at least, those of us who're not Donald Trump. (more…)
24 September 2012
For those who've wanted a supercar but were concerned about the environmental impact, fret no more! Ferrari have reduced their cars' CO2 emissions over the 2007-2012 period by 30%. The Ferrari California's emissions are now only threefold higher than the average family car. (more…)
Snow leopards love squirrels
3 August 2012
A snow leopard catches and eats a squirrel in front of a little boy, while daddy cries oh no over and over. Mind you, daddy did describe the leopard as a tiger, so he's clearly an idiot. (more…)
18 August 2011
England, I love you! Otters are now present in every English county, which is splendid! (otter) (heart) (more…)
Plant a tree, save a child
15 June 2010
Okay, not quite, but I liked this story nonetheless. (more…)