Weak demandPetrobras has also been trying to deal with the fallout from an expanding corruption scandal that has gone to the top ranks of government and seen some of its former executives jailed. … [Read more...] about Brazil oil giant Petrobras posts record quarterly loss
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If rewilding seems like a rich person’s indulgence, this is because its economic viability is unproven. It is also a misnomer, for whether by getting rid of tens of thousands of sheep in Patagonia or introducing a living species as a surrogate for an extinct one – Sayaguesa cattle in place of aurochs in Croatia’s Velebit Mountains, for instance – rewilding requires more human intervention than its name suggests. The tourism it offers is limited; a rewilded area cannot accommodate many people without undermining its own existence. By diverting investment towards repairing landscapes and contributing to the public weal, rewilders are taking money away from conventional economic activities. And this is where its impact will be felt in British farming. Barely a decade ago, the notion that land should be managed in order to ensure planetary wellbeing had few takers among farmers whose raison d’etre was to fill human bellies at the lowest possible cost. But this … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
Boyles sometimes compares the sport to snooker. Once underway, the ploughman is trapped in singular, introverted concentration. John Hill, a ploughing grandee, three-time world champion and current chair of the British Society of Ploughmen, compared it to figure skating – you start from a point of perfection and lose points for mistakes that are as obvious and irredeemable as a sprawl on the ice. The sport’s authorities seemed to borrow from the Tour de France. At the end of the first day’s ploughing, the leading ploughman in each class is given a yellow jersey to wear the next day. To my eyes, ploughing’s closest relation was MasterChef. There seemed to be a similar mix of elements – time pressure, an activity undertaken simultaneously but separately from your rivals, your fate ultimately dependent on the subjective tastes of the judges. This comparison never seemed to resonate particularly well with the ploughmen. … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
The documents supporting the bid for world heritage status are lavishly illustrated with photos that inadvertently reveal what has happened to the national park. But this slow-burning disaster goes almost unmentioned in the text. On the contrary, the bid repeatedly claims that the park is in “good physical condition”, and that the relationship between grazing and wildlife is “harmonious”. Only on page 535, buried in a table, is the reality acknowledge: three-quarters of the sites that are meant to be protected for nature are in “unfavourable condition”. … [Read more...] about The Lake District as a world heritage site? What a disaster that would be
The delivery service has exclusive rights to the vegan snack until February 2, at which point other partners just as Deliveroo will also be able to get one to you. … [Read more...] about KFC angers vegan customers after they discover fries are cooked with chicken