James Ozden, 24, maths tutor from London

James, who is originally from Turkey, was first arrested on Horseferry Road during the 2019 October Rebellion and charged with Obstruction of the Highway. He was arrested again in July 2020 after dying the Trafalgar Square fountains red with Animal Rebellion and charged with criminal damage, and a third time in September 2020 for the Stop the Presses action outside Rupert Murdoch’s printworks for which he has been charged with Obstruction of the Highway. He has pleaded not guilty for all three charges and is awaiting trials. “XR was the first time I felt like I was part of a…

Nigel Farage appointed to advisory board of green finance firm

Dutch Green Business, which plants trees for carbon capture, says ex-Ukip leader will ‘facilitate introductions’He has criticised Greta Thunberg for “alarmism” and wind power as “economic insanity” – but Nigel Farage appears to have made a U-turn on climate change, after signing up as a lobbyist for a Dutch green finance firm, in his first commercial role outside frontline politics.Dutch Green Business Group, which is listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange, said it had appointed Farage to its new advisory board. The eurosceptic and former Ukip leader will “facilitate introductions to politicians and business leaders in the UK and around……

Welcome back! UK's national parks brace for staycation invasion

As the Covid crisis eases, the UK’s beauty spots are learning from last year’s litter and parking rows about welcoming record crowdsFrom a campaign about poo, to advance booking for parking spaces, to a Zoom session advising farmers how to establish a pop-up campsite on their land, national parks across the UK are gearing up for a surge in visitor numbers as lockdown restrictions ease.The plans come in the wake of devastating scenes last year when hordes of visitors descended on beauty spots and relieved themselves in the countryside, left huge amounts of litter and parked in inappropriate and dangerous……

Shanna Swan: 'Most couples may have to use assisted reproduction by 2045'

The professor of environmental medicine explains how chemicals in plastics are causing our fertility to decline – and what we can do about it Shanna Swan is a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, studying fertility trends. In 2017 she documented how average sperm counts among western men have more than halved in the past 40 years. Count Down is her new book.You’ve spent more than 20 years examining the effects of hormone disrupting chemicals on reproductive health. Are you now sounding the alarm?I am directly speaking to this……

The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest

Steven Donziger has been detained at home since August 2019, the result of a Kafkaesque legal battle stemming from his crusade on behalf of Indigenous AmazoniansMany of us will have felt the grip of claustrophobic isolation over the past year, but the lawyer Steven Donziger has experienced an extreme, very personal confinement as a pandemic arrived and then raged around him in New York City.On Sunday, Donziger reached his 600th day of an unprecedented house arrest that has resulted from a sprawling, Kafkaesque legal battle with the oil giant Chevron. Donziger spearheaded a lengthy crusade against the company on behalf……

Leading the charge: how the hospitality sector is building Australia's EV network

Instead of waiting for the government to step up, hotels, Airbnb hosts and other operators are installing micro EV chargersFor David Ritchie, installing three electric car chargers for customers at his winery was a “no-brainer”. With a powerful solar array and storage battery about to come online, visitors to Delatite Wines will soon be able to drive their EVs to the idyllic spot in regional Victoria and enjoy their sampling tour safe in the knowledge that they will be charging their car on free, clean energy for the return journey.Ritchie is one of a growing number of business people pioneering……

Developing a flood plain: how raising a dam wall could create a false sense of security in Sydney's west

Thinking a higher wall will stop flooding could leave governments, businesses and home owners unprepared for ‘the inevitable big one’, an expert saysIn 1867 the river at Windsor, north-west of Sydney, rose 19 metres, causing the biggest flood known to Europeans in Australia.“The town of Windsor itself is almost entirely submerged and the country for miles around is underwater,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/28/developing-a-flood-plain-how-raising-a-dam-wall-could-create-a-false-sense-of-security-in-sydneys-west

Richard Mabey: 'Viruses and man-eating tigers and predatory Asian hornets are all part of nature'

A pioneer of British nature writing, Richard Mabey has always been years ahead of his time. So how does he think the pandemic will change our relationship to the natural world?After a year of virus-plagued humans observing with new wonder how wildlife boosts our wellbeing, the conclusion of the man who invented the burgeoning “nature cure” genre is unexpected. Nature, declares Richard Mabey, makes us ill. He was first told this by his fellow writer, Kathleen Jamie, and it made Mabey “think very much more deeply about the whole panoply of what ‘nature’ means,” he says. “Bacteria and viruses and……

Sow seeds now for a riotous summer bouquet | Alys Fowler

The thought of being able to give posies to those who might need a little cheer has brought about a calmness in meLike everyone else, I have missed peering into other people’s lives. I’m so ready to see back gardens again, to peep through the back door at interior worlds. The thought of being able to fill the house with flowers and give away big bouquets and tiny posies to those who might need a little cheer has brought about a calmness in me. And I’ve got a plan.There are hundreds of seeds you could sow for cut flowers: calendulas,……

Twiggy Forrest sets sights on making the impossible possible when it comes to 'pure green energy'

But critics question the continued inclusion of gas in Andrew Forrest’s grand climate ambitionIn the second half of last year, while most of the world was in pandemic lockdown, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and a team of 50 staff did what others couldn’t. He spent five months crisscrossing the globe in a private jet, visiting more than 40 countries.It set Australia’s second-richest person on a path to an outcome that, if delivered, could transform the energy landscape of not just Australia, but the globe. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/27/twiggy-forrest-sets-sights-on-making-the-impossible-possible-when-it-comes-to-pure-green-energy

Toddy, 50, chef from Dorset

Toddy was arrested at Marble Arch on the second Wednesday of the 2019 April Rebellion. She pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court on November 8th 2019 and was given a six month conditional discharge and £105 court costs. “I’m not an uncooperative crusty. I’m a mum and a chef – I can work up to 70 hours a week. My daughter will be 51 in 2050. If you give someone homework and tell them to complete it by 2050, you know they’re not going to start doing it until 2045.” The post Toddy, 50, chef from Dorset appeared…

Cities must cut their ‘consumption emissions’ – here’s how

Cities must cut their ‘consumption emissions’ – here’s how PhilMacDPhoto / shutterstock Almost every city now has some form of climate target. For instance Manchester, in northern England, aims to be zero carbon by 2038. But such targets generally focus on emissions that occur within city borders and from the city’s electricity supply, and overlook the bulk of emissions from the things these cities consume: think of a laptop produced abroad but bought and used in Manchester, or taking a flight from Manchester to somewhere else. This is a problem because most cities only monitor direct emissions, such as those…

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