The minister’s call for changes in the financial rules came on the sidelines of UN negotiations in Lima where leaders are working to draft a deal on fight climate change. Davey said it was time to recognise that as economies moved away from fossil fuels as part of that deal, coal, oil and gas were no longer presumed to be a safe financial bet. … [Read more...] about Disclose climate risk in fossil fuel investments, says UK minister
The regeneration of Glenfeshie is such a work. Across the hills that divide the Feshie’s catchment from that of the neighbouring river, the Tromie, MacDonell and his team have planted hundreds of thousands of pines, birches, willows and other native trees over the past decade. A few years from now, these stems will develop into a barrier against erosion, a carbon sink and a habitat for distinctive Highland birds such as the capercaillie and ptarmigan. Birds and the wind distribute seeds, while the estate’s deer, whose concentration has been brought down from 40 per sq km to one, are no longer numerous enough to eat all the young shoots. The increased vegetation also provides food for the pine martens, red squirrels and mountain hares that MacDonell is seeing in rising numbers, while the population of endangered birds such as crossbills and crested tits has also risen. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
I can see the value and beauty of the traditional shepherding culture in the Lake District. I can also see that the farming there, reliant on subsidies, quad bikes and steel barns, now bears little relationship to traditional practice. As the size of landholdings has increased, it looks ever more like ranching and ever less like the old system the bid describes. The bid’s claim that farming there is “wholly authentic in terms of … its traditions, techniques and management systems” is neither intelligible nor true. Remnants of old shepherding culture tend to be represented ceremonially, as its customs are mostly disconnected from the farm economy. … [Read more...] about The Lake District as a world heritage site? What a disaster that would be
Davey cited the statement by Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, that the bank is deepening and widening its enquiry into stranded assets and whether they pose a risk to the nation’s financial stability. He also cited the decision of the heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune to sell all the fossil fuel holdings in their $862m portfolio. In 2014, the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, said: “Sooner rather than later, [financial regulators] must address the systemic risk associated with carbon-intensive activities in their economies.” … [Read more...] about Fossil fuel industry protests over ‘risky’ assets warning from energy secretary
It is really noticeable in Japan, for instance, that old people work in the market and are part of the hustle and bustle, just as in Greece, where elderly people are eating in the taverns. In the UK, elderly people are segregated and lonely. You can eat all the wholegrains you want, but a good old age is one in which other people feature. Sudoku is no substitute for company. … [Read more...] about Why does anyone want to live to 100?