Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies

Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies Ingvar Tjostheim/Shutterstock Your annual energy bill could rise by another £800 in October according to UK electricity and gas market regulator Ofgem, which is set to lift the cap on energy prices (the maximum that energy suppliers can charge customers…

Dining across the divide: ‘How can he come from Latvia and support Brexit?’

They both accept the EU’s failings, find common ground on Covid and the climate crisis, but can an accountant and actor strike up a friendship post-referendum?Fancy dining across the divide? Find out how to take partDans, 28, BirminghamOccupation Accountant Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/may/26/dining-across-divide-come-from-latvia-support-brexit

Cost of living: the unhealthy coping strategies which are likely to rise as energy bills soar – plus how to get help

Cost of living: the unhealthy coping strategies which are likely to rise as energy bills soar – plus how to get help Vlaimages/Shutterstock The burden of very high energy prices does not fall evenly across society. The most vulnerable customers are more likely to be on the most expensive tariffs…

‘It looks beautiful’: UK gardeners on leaving lawns uncut for No Mow May

People taking part in Plantlife’s conservation project say they have seen plants and wildlife thriveThe conservation charity Plantlife again urged people not to mow their gardens in May to help wild plants and pollinators thrive.As the month draws to a close, we asked some of this year’s No Mow May…

‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51C

Residents of Jacobabad say loss of trees and water facilities makes record-breaking temperatures unbearableMuhammad Akbar, 40, sells dried chickpeas on a wheelbarrow in Jacobabad, and has suffered heatstroke three times in his life.But now, he says, the heat is getting worse. “In those days there were many trees in the…

Egypt says climate finance must be top of agenda at Cop27 talks

Host of November’s summit wants focus to be on ‘moving from pledges to implementation’Financial assistance for developing countries must be at the top of the agenda for UN climate talks this year, the host country, Egypt, has made clear, as governments will be required to follow through on promises made…

Why Seventh-day Adventists are so often vegan or vegetarian

Why Seventh-day Adventists are so often vegan or vegetarian CC BY-NC-SA Christianity is often regarded as a staunch opponent of veganism – after all, most Christian denominations are highly carnivorous in their dietary ethics. Many proclaim liberty to consume animal flesh as they assume animals to be a gift created…

Climate change: UK’s net zero target is under threat because there’s no plan to pay for it

Climate change: UK’s net zero target is under threat because there’s no plan to pay for it Costs for achieving net zero are mounting, with no clear plan to afford them. Shutterstock The UK government’s plan for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is at a serious risk…

UK finance ‘faces £340bn in losses’ without action on climate change

Warning follows first Bank of England climate stress tests on seven largest lendersUK banks and insurers will end up shouldering nearly £340bn worth of climate-related losses by 2050, unless action is taken to curb rising temperatures and sea levels, the Bank of England has warned.The numbers emerged from the Bank’s…

Shell AGM in London halted by climate protesters singing: 'We will stop you' – video

Shell was forced to halt its AGM in London after it was disrupted by environment protesters chanting: ‘We will stop you’ and shouting: ‘Shame on you’ at executives.Investors were due to vote on Shell’s climate proposals. The company has come under increased scrutiny after a senior safety consultant quit, citing…

Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics

Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics Dylan de Jonge/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Plastic particles smaller than 5mm (known as microplastics) are well-documented pollutants in ocean and freshwater habitats. The discovery of microplastics in the most remote rivers of the Himalayas and the deepest trenches of the…

Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps

Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps Malloscelis taiwanianus, a spider wasp, found in Sichuan, China. Shutterstock Most people recognise a wasp as those stripy insects who ruin our summer picnics. They live in huge societies, much the same as the honeybee; you might even have a nest…

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