Ponies on Dartmoor – what future?
Oct04

Ponies on Dartmoor – what future?

By Laura White and Stuart Clarke If you ask people what they think of when they think about Dartmoor, the word ‘ponies’ will be right up there. But what is the future of the ponies on Dartmoor? Locals may take for granted the sight of mares and foals grazing on the moor, but the money that surely must be contributed to our local economy by tourists who flock to the moor to see the wild landscape and the ponies should add value to the...

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Are times changing?
Sep26

Are times changing?

On 23rd September, heads and leaders of many different countries will meet in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit. This is a chance for all leaders to come together to lay out exactly what they are doing or are planning to do to keep to the Paris Climate agreement that was set up in 2016. This agreement was so very important for the world’s climate action as it was a binding agreement that meant all countries involved had to...

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Burning times
Sep13

Burning times

30 years ago, when I was in primary school, I wrote a poem that was chosen to be published in a children’s poetry book about the natural world. I can’t remember it now, but I do remember it was about the Amazon rainforest and how I couldn’t understand why grown-ups couldn’t see the damage that was being done by cutting down the trees. Massive deforestation started in the Amazon in the late 1960s, which means it had been happening for...

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Small changes towards  a zero waste lifestyle
Aug02

Small changes towards a zero waste lifestyle

As residents of Dartmoor head to the National Park headquarters to demand action against climate change, Extinction Rebellion are gearing up for a summer of rebellion to keep the pressure on the government to act now against the climate catastrophe that may just be averted if everyone pulls their finger out. By now we’ll know who we’re to have as our new Prime Minister – chances are its Boris Johnson who I once thought would make a...

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Renewable energy beats coal for the first time
Jun28

Renewable energy beats coal for the first time

The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the mid-18th Century. It was seen as a time of progress, of technological advances and of lives being made easier with the invention of machines that took labour away from workers. It was seen as a good thing. However, when we look back at that time, we can now assess the true impact that period had on our society, our economy and our environment. In 1882, the Edison Electric Light Station...

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