Originally, the Arc was to be built around an expressway: a new motorway linking the two cities. After a furious public backlash, the expressway, according to Highways England (the government agency promoting the project), is now “paused” while it explores “other potential road projects”. In either case, there would be a massive expansion of the road network and the traffic it carries, though air pollution in the region already breaks legal limits. The new housing would mean a huge increase in water use. Already rivers in this area run dry every year, as demand exceeds supply. … [Read more...] about How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature?
Climate change sickness
September is my favourite time of year: I love the back-to-school feel of it. And after a long summer of lockdown, more than ever it feels good to get back into a routine (Pictured: A teacher leads a maths class for Year Four children in their classroom at Greenacres Primary Academy in Oldham, northern England on September 01, 2020) … [Read more...] about Gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday: £100 fines to enforce new limit on meeting indoors and outdoors across England – but schools, weddings and funerals are exempt
“When I came into the parliament, I was like, ‘I’m going to talk about constitutional reform and this is going to be sick,’” Swarbrick says. But after “properly looking into” the issue of cannabis, including the way a prohibition on its possession, sale and use disproportionately affects vulnerable people, she says, “I have become really, really pissed off by just how much politicians are willing to uphold these mythologies [about addiction], to progress, effectively, political expediency and retain their sense of power.” … [Read more...] about From stand-up comedy to challenging the system: the ambitious Chlöe Swarbrick
The report did not overtly criticize the countries at the bottom of the 34-country comparison, which were Greece, Chile, Hungary, Turkey and Mexico. But it still provided concrete examples where there was room for improvement. The United States fell just short of being part of the bottom five performers, coming in at 29th. … [Read more...] about Study: OECD countries are not ready for UN development goals
The former chancellor said in an interview in August that global temperatures have not risen in the last decade, while recent evidence suggests world heat records have been broken in each of the last three years. … [Read more...] about Michael Gove ‘sorry’ over Harvey Weinstein sex assault joke on Today programme