The return of the pine marten
Jul03

The return of the pine marten

The body of a European pine marten has been discovered by a farmer on Dartmoor. The species was thought to have been extinct in the region for decades, with some populations in pockets of Scotland, Ireland and Northern England. Ash Symons found the dead European pine marten on his land near Christow in the Teign Valley. Pine martens were last seen in the west of England in the 1960s. The 29-year-old said: “My girlfriend and I were...

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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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Back to barter
Jun20

Back to barter

I have long believed that an easier, more locally sustainable way to live would be to go back to a barter and share system. I have loads of tomatoes, you have loads of eggs, we arrange between us how many of each equates to equal value and swap. Of course when I talk to people about this they always bring up the fact that one person would believe a kilo of tomatoes would be worth two dozen eggs, whereas another person would think it...

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Environmental cost of travel
Jun09

Environmental cost of travel

I know nothing about football. Other than a good game of rugby, sport doesn’t really interest me much. When my editor started talking about the Champions League and Europa League finals, I pretended to be interested, knowing that I wouldn’t understand a word he said. Until he pointed out that all four teams are British and all four, and their entourage, and their fans, will be travelling thousands of miles to play a game of football,...

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One million wiped from the face of the earth
May25

One million wiped from the face of the earth

Chasing on the heels of the IPCC report that we have a mere 12 years left to turn back the clock on climate change, there is now a new report that again beats the drum in world leader’s ears that the time for action is now. The UN committee the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) met to disclose the findings of 145 experts from 50 countries, and the results were dire news for the...

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Tell the Truth!
May03

Tell the Truth!

On the weekend of 13th April, London was descended upon by thousands of people ready to stand and be heard, to demand a Climate Emergency be declared, ready and willing to do whatever it took to reach that goal. People from all walks of life travelled to the capital to raise awareness of climate change and to make it understood that time is running out for our future. On Monday 15th April, the International Rebellion commenced. Four...

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