Green Issues: Self-healing
Apr01

Green Issues: Self-healing

January Polution March Polution My favourite books are a series of three trilogies; all can be read as separate books, but they link together to tell the story of how the ‘old gods’, the Tuatha de Danaan and the Formorii, come back from the realms of myth and legend and try to re-take the earth they were banished from years ago. While this is happening, it’s a bit like Armageddon, the phones and internet crash, fuel and food runs out,...

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Bee positive
Mar28

Bee positive

It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know! But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months. The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a...

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Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings
Mar27

Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings

A plan to build 187 new homes close to Paignton is approved for Barratt Homes, but not without cost. The scheme includes Barratt Homes paying for the rehoming of five pairs of cirl buntings. The species is only found in the south of Cornwall and Devon, but mostly Devon and especially around Kingsbridge. It was first identified in this area by pioneering ornithologist George Montagu and recorded in his book from 1802, Ornithological...

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Connect to nature
Mar07

Connect to nature

White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on a Wild carrot (Daucus carota) flowerhead, on the east side of Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel, Devon © National Trust Images & Nick Upton I’ve written many articles about people’s connection to nature; it was an important theme in numerous essays I wrote at university and is something that just makes sense to me. If you have a connection with a special place, you’re more...

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Carbon neutral action
Feb25

Carbon neutral action

By Peter Embling Many towns and cities are aiming towards being carbon neutral, but Exeter City Council, after declaring a climate emergency, is beating many to the cause by setting out clear and deliverable plans to reach that goal by 2030. Exeter City Futures was asked to work in partnership with the city to create a clear delivery process, setting out the scale of it all plus provide a guide to what actions and investment would be...

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Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’
Feb21

Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’

The exponential rise in fly-tipping incidents has been blamed on a new type of organised crime network. The network has even been called the ‘new narcotics’. Experts researching the issue have concluded that criminal gangs are setting up fake businesses to collect waste, before dumping it in hired buildings. The cost to local authorities is said to be almost £60m in clean-up costs since 2012. Recent research has found that, across the...

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