Vanessa ‘Nessie’ Stevenson, 58, gardener from Wirksworth

Nessie was arrested on 17th April 2019 on Great George St at Parliament Square during the 2019 April Rebellion and charged with Obstruction of the Highway. She pleaded guilty on 27th September 2019 at City of London Magistrates’ Court and was given a six month conditional discharge and £105 court costs. She was arrested again on 15th October 2019 at Milbank for Obstruction of the Highway at a protest about food security during the 2019 October Rebellion. She pleaded guilty in her absense due to the Covid restrictions and was given a £200 fine and £620 court costs. She was…

Celebrate Earth Day with ESA

At ESA, every day is Earth Day. As we humans continue to subject our home planet to increasing pressures, we are better placed than ever to understand and monitor the consequences of what we inflict. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station give us the human perspective of how beautiful Earth is, while satellites orbiting above return systematic measures to take the pulse of our planet 24 hours a day. These measurements allow us to understand how Earth works as a system and how human activity is changing natural processes, leading to climate change. This information is fundamental to global climate…

Sewage island: how Britain spews its waste into the sea

Untreated waste regularly flows into waters across England and Wales. Is it time to radically rethink sewerage – or do away with sewers altogether?The pandemic has not been the only crisis we’ve been wading through over the past 12 months: 2020 was a banner year in much of Britain for sewage spills. Last July a Guardian investigation revealed that raw sewage had been pumped into English rivers via storm overflows more than 200,000 times in 2019. In November, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) published data showing that untreated wastewater was discharged on to English and Welsh beaches on 2,900 occasions in……

Do oil companies deserve reparations for fossil fuel bans? They'll try to get them | Nicolás M Perrone

Energy conglomerates have recourse to special courts and legal regimes that they helped design – and they won’t go down without a fightPhasing out fossil fuel is a crucial step to address the climate emergency. But to do so will mean facing not only political and economic obstacles, but legal ones. Fossil fuel companies can use domestic and international laws to demand compensation for bans on fossil fuels or prohibitions on the extraction of oil or coal. The legal system can make our collective transition to a green economy easier, or more difficult; among other things, it can increase the……

Stefania Morosi, 43, yoga teacher from West London

#DisobeyInTheDock Stefania was sentenced to 14 days in prison for contempt of court on 16th April 2021 after gluing herself to furniture and livestreaming from the court room during her own plea hearing. Stefania took the action while appearing at City of London Magistrates’ Court charged with a Section 14 offence. The charge followed her arrest during the September 2020 Rebellion for sitting in the road at Parliament Square and refusing to move when told to do so by a police officer. She pleaded guilty to that original offence and was given a six month conditional discharge and £107 court…

How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? It’s bizarre | Richard Denniss

New mines won’t boost world demand for Australian coal — but they will cannibalise jobs from existing coalminesThe New South Wales government is simultaneously committed to a net-zero emissions target for 2050 at the same time as new coalmines in the Hunter Valley with the capacity to produce 10 times more coal than Adani’s Carmichael mine are being proposed by the industry. Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Australian climate policy.Australia is the third-largest exporter of fossil fuels, behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia. But because of the way that international accounting rules for greenhouse gas emissions work, the……

The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happiness

From relaxing baths to seaside swims, water can be a balm in difficult times. Catherine Kelly, the author of a new book on blue spaces, shares her tipsIt was after her mother died that Catherine Kelly learned the healing power of water. Following instincts that she did not yet understand, she moved to live alone by the sea in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, and over the next few years began to heal. “It’s an ebb and flow that water gives us that allows us to connect with ourselves. It’s an allowing,” she says.After eight years studying……

Supermarket ‘bags for life’ must cost more to cut plastic use, urge campaigners

UK’s ‘bag for a week’ habit is no green alternative – rather, it has created more problems for the environmentGreen campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.Marks & Spencer sold six times as many bags for life in 2019 as the year before, up from 13.4m to 82.6m, according to figures from Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Iceland tripled its sales, to 107.3m from 34m the previous year. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/18/supermarket-bags-for-life-must-cost-more-to-cut-plastic-use-urge-campaigners

Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air

An exhibition at London’s Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has comeTackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and yoga mats made from carbon drawn out of thin air.In addition, the exhibition – Our Future Planet – will showcase prototypes of the gas-harvesting machines that can provide this carbon. They include the Lackner artificial tree which mirrors the actions of living plants……

Walking or running in nature with a therapist is helping people heal

Outdoor therapy can help people to become reflective and their body language while moving gives clues to their feelingsCovid has transformed the way many of us work and that includes the people who look after our mental health. For much of lockdown, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists have all had to venture into the world of online therapy, tackling their clients’ issues via a computer screen, and often the experience has felt less than ideal for all those involved.But throughout much of lockdown, another option has become increasingly popular: combining therapy with the benefits of the great outdoors. The British……

Eleanor McAree, 25, project manager from East London

Eleanor, a member of affinity group Tree of Life, was arrested sitting in the road at Parliament Square on Thursday 18th April during the 2019 April Rebellion. She was charged under Section 14 of the Public Order Act and tried on 13th December at City of London Magistrates’ Court. She was found guilty and given a nine month conditional discharge and £370 court costs. She was arrested again for the Murdoch printworks blockade during the 2020 September Rebellion and charged with Obstruction of the Highway. Her trial is scheduled for summer 2021. “Last summer, 2018, there was that horrible heatwave…

‘We love foie gras’: French outrage at UK plan to ban imports of ‘cruel’ delicacy

UK officials are exploring restrictions on product after minister described it as ‘unbearably barbaric’The head of France’s foie gras producers’ association has said she is “shocked and outraged” that the British government is considering banning imports of the product.And she has invited MPs to visit French farms producing foie gras to see the force feeding of ducks and geese and judge for themselves whether it is “cruel and torturous”, as animal rights campaigners claim. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/17/we-love-foie-gras-french-outrage-uk-plan-import-ban-delicacy