So what's wrong with these programmes? Only that they are a formula for environmental and humanitarian disaster. In 2004 I warned, on these pages, that biofuels would set up a competition for food between cars and people. The people would necessarily lose: those who can afford to drive are richer than those who are in danger of starvation. It would also lead to the destruction of rainforests and other important habitats. I received more abuse than I've had for any other column - except for when I attacked the 9/11 conspiracists. I was told my claims were ridiculous, laughable, impossible. Well in one respect I was wrong. I thought these effects wouldn't materialise for many years. They are happening already. … [Read more...] about If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels
Do you need a driver license to drive a boat
This pattern of clamouring for tough action against Iran and then calling for de-escalation has characterised the Saudi-Iran rivalry since the Iranian revolution of 1979. That year is remembered mostly as the moment when Iran and the US became enemies in the wake of the US embassy hostage crisis in November. But the relationship between Tehran and Riyadh was also transformed. The two countries, once friendly rivals and pillars of US efforts to contain Soviet influence in the region, became enemies when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the ultimate leader of the revolution, began to challenge the Saudis in their role as leaders of the Muslim world and custodians of the two holy sites of Islam, Mecca and Medina. … [Read more...] about The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive
'If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.' … [Read more...] about Electric scooters could be legalised on Britain’s roads and cycle lanes for the first time – just months after YouTuber Emily Hartridge died in crash with HGV
‘It’s [coronavirus] got a 14-day incubation period. Now, we’ve been inside for almost 14 days, we’re going outside tomorrow and potentially coming into contact with someone that might have the virus, which would then mean we could potentially catch it and then without showing any symptoms could then spread disease around the UK as we travel from the airport to wherever we live in the UK.' … [Read more...] about Families torn apart in scramble for the last flight out of Wuhan: British husband is forced to leave his Chinese wife behind and others choose to STAY in coronavirus ground zero as death toll hits 132
“Sunsets and sunrises were really important [for] making sure you’re experiencing something at its most beautiful. Even if you were in a place where you weren’t having the greatest time, you could always take a pause to watch the sunset,” she says. “I have flashbacks all the time. I’ll just be doing something and it reminds me of a fruit I ate somewhere or a time I was driving in the rain … I can’t even pinpoint what triggers them but I’m grateful for them. None of them are bad.” … [Read more...] about They got their dream job away from it all – but what happened next?