Switching to lower-carbon or renewable energy, such as ground-source heat pumps, would make an even bigger difference, but this would require infrastructure investment and incentives from the government to make the alternatives affordable and widely available. If the UK wants to have a double-win on air pollution and climate, another option would be action on transport, including tighter controls on car emissions, more investment in public transit, greater support for electric vehicles and a levy on aviation fuel (which is currently tax-free). Compared with that, the restrictions on domestic coal use and wet wood are a drop in the ocean. … [Read more...] about Coal and wet wood burning: how will UK restrictions work?
Effects burning of fossil fuels
As the process continues, the loose, unconsolidated soil and sand above is gradually washed into these cracks and voids. Depending on how thick and strong that top layer is (sand will not last long; clay can hold out for millennia), and how close to the surface the void beneath is, the land may be able to sustain its own weight – and that of whatever we build on top of it. But as the holes grow, there will come a day when the surface layer will simply give way. … [Read more...] about Are humans causing more sinkholes?
'He got the s**ts and picked her up and threw her in his car.' In another conversation, Hannah said: 'I'm so glad I got out when I did. I'm safe, I'm with my parents who are very, very normal. I'm just so glad I got out when I did.' … [Read more...] about Killer Australian father ‘punished his wife if she didn’t have sex with him and made her wear tights so she wasn’t too provocative’ during years of abuse before he burnt his family to death, says friend
2) Restoration must be ecologically responsible. Restore the right diversity of native tree species where they naturally exist. Planting trees in unsuitable ecosystems could result in unintended adverse consequences. Natural forests, grasslands, shrublands and wetlands serve as vital repositories of carbon and biodiversity to be preserved and restored. Monoculture plantations of exotic species will not likely yield the desired benefits. … [Read more...] about Backing the trillion tree campaign to combat climate crisis
Although remains of these mysterious early humans have only been discovered at one site - the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia, DNA analysis has shown they were widespread. … [Read more...] about ‘Super-archaic’ human mated with the primitive ancestor of both Denisovans and Neanderthals 700,000 years ago