Renewed Highland golf course plan has environmentalists crying 'Fore!'

Scottish government rejected a new links at Coul to protect the complex dune system but investors have revived the schemeIt is an area so tranquil that the notion of bitter dispute is hugely anomalous. The serenity of Coul – in east Sutherland, north of Dornoch – is in fact fundamental to a backdrop of unrest.When the Scottish government rejected a plan for a golf course at Coul early last year, it appeared those with grand plans had nowhere else to turn. This marked a victory for environmentalists who argued one of the most complex dune systems in Scotland and a……

Millions sign up to anti-food-waste apps to share their unused produce

With the average UK family throwing out £730 of surplus items a year, eco-conscious consumers have found a hi-tech fixThere is such a thing as a free lunch, it turns out, as long as you don’t mind too much what it is. Tamara Wilson found hers a few streets away from her west London home – and as well as picking up some unwanted bread and fruit that would otherwise be thrown away, she made a new friend.Wilson* is one of 3.4 million people around the world using an app designed to encourage people to give away rather than throw……

‘Creating something bigger’: how one couple used their family legacy to save a rare Tasmanian reserve

Bruce and Ann McGregor used a bequest of $1.6m from Bruce’s late father to buy Prosser River Reserve, protecting a diverse natural refuge On a still morning on a hill at the back of Prosser River Reserve you can watch the mist settle on undisturbed native forest in the valley below while taking in a backdrop of mountains and the Tasman Sea.You can listen as the gums overhead broadcast 20 varieties of birdsong – and, if you’re skilled or lucky, maybe catch sight of a rare bird in the canopy. Then you can walk down the ridge to Back River,……

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green

In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the SinaiFlying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings. The mission he was discussing with the Egyptian government was more earthbound in nature, but every bit as ambitious. It could even represent a giant leap for mankind.Van der Hoeven is a co-founder……

'Climate facts are back': EPA brings science back to website after Trump purge

Move reverses former president’s order to drop all references to the climate emergency on government websitesCanceled four years ago by a president who considered global warming a hoax, climate crisis information has returned to the website of the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of Joe Biden’s promise to “bring science back”. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/20/epa-climate-facts-joe-biden-trump-purge

Could you spot the fish fake? Test your seafood fraud detective skills in our quiz

A Guardian analysis this week exposed the vast scale of fish mislabelling. Can you name these repeat offenders?This is often sold as red snapper. What is it really?TroutMahi mahiTilapiaSwordfishYou order delicious grouper but what is this common substitute?CatfishGiant tiger prawnCodSea bass”White tuna” is frequently on the menu, yet does not actually exist. What is this fish that’s used as a stand-in?GuppyMonkfishSpiny dogfishButterfishThis fish is often slipped on to plates as the prized bluefin tuna. What is it really?MackerelSkipjack tunaParrot fishAnchovyHake is an increasingly popular fish prized for its flaky white flesh, but in shops and restaurants you might get fillets……

Pollution takes centre stage for Louisiana congressional hopefuls

Candidates to succeed Cedric Richmond in a solidly Democratic seat in Saturday’s special election have been obliged to address the toxic effects of the chemical industry in Cancer AlleyIn Ascension parish at a jambalaya cookout, bathed in the afternoon sun, a politician made promises rarely heard in this heavily polluted region of south Louisiana, known colloquially as Cancer Alley.Karen Carter Peterson, a state senator and one of three frontrunners to become the next congressional representative for Louisiana’s second district, told the assembled crowd that she would fight the proliferation of polluting oil, gas and petrochemical plants. Continue reading… Source –…

There's a simple way to make our cities greener – without a wrecking ball | Phineas Harper

Architecture’s top prize has been awarded to a design duo who could show Britain how to bring its emissions under controlThis week the highest honour in the architecture world was awarded to a pair of Parisian designers better known for revitalising existing buildings than creating new ones. The Pritzker prize, which includes a $100,000 jackpot, went to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, whose most impressive projects – the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, upgrading three social housing blocks in Bordeaux, and the extension of a Dunkirk warehouse to form an arts complex – are all refurbishments.It’s the first time in……

'You can't escape the smell': mouse plague grows to biblical proportions across eastern Australia

Locals who have endured months of mice and rats getting into their houses, stores and cars are praying heavy rain will help wipe them outWarning: graphic images may disturb some readersDrought, fire, the Covid-19 pestilence and an all-consuming plague of mice. Rural New South Wales has faced just about every biblical challenge nature has to offer in the last few years, but now it is praying for another – an almighty flood to drown the mice in their burrows and cleanse the blighted land of the rodents. Or some very heavy rain, at least.It seems everyone in the rural towns……

People power works – together for the right to protest!

It’s crazy how much can change in a week. With the release of the HMICFRS report and MPs rushing the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill through Parliament, the UK government has tried to take emergency measures to restrict our civil liberties and outlaw the right to protest.  The Government saw people and groups come together, with women at the forefront, to oppose the Bill over the last week, eventually getting cold feet and deciding to slow down the process of turning it into law. They’re hoping we’ll forget that they’re after our rights and our democracy.  See folks, people…

Drowned land: hunger stalks South Sudan's flooded villages

Two years of torrential rains have left 1.6m people in Jonglei province without crops and with their homes flooded. But, with extraordinary resilience, people in Old Fangak are working together to rebuild their lives. by Susan Martinez, photography by Peter Caton for Action Against HungerAfter the unprecedented floods last summer, the people of Old Fangak, a small town in northern South Sudan, should be planting now. But the flood water has not receded, the people are still marooned and now they are facing severe hunger.Unusually heavy rains began last July, and the White Nile burst its banks, destroyed all the……

The citizen regulators taking on big polluters when the EPA won't

As environmental agencies reel from a Republican-led assault on regulations, local activists are taking up the fightThe headaches, asthma attacks and serious nosebleeds that plagued Diego Mayens as a child in West Long Beach, California were all triggered by one basic activity – playing outdoors. He suspects the foul emissions from nearby refineries and other heavy industry were behind his problems.“It had to do a lot with the air quality in the area,” Mayens told the Guardian. “I feel particularly bad seeing kids playing outside and people who live here walking around who might not know what they’re breathing in.”……

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