Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category


7 things you can do to reduce plastic pollution

November 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m currently watching the wonderful new BBC series “Blue Planet II” and the latest episode highlights the issue of plastic in our oceans. Consider these facts – compiled by Plastic Oceans – on plastic pollution: The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now […]

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Reasons to be cheerful: the seven megatrends that could beat global warming

November 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

… a series of fast-moving global megatrends, spurred by trillion-dollar investments, indicates that humanity might be able to avert the worst impacts of global warming. From trends already at full steam, including renewable energy, to those just now hitting the big time, such as mass-market electric cars, to those just emerging, such as plant-based alternatives […]

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The Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) and improving air quality in London

October 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Today Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, introduced the Toxicity Charge (or T-Charge) in central London to tackle emissions from the oldest polluting vehicles. Since I’ve lived in London for 46 years and visit central London several times a week, I welcome this policy. The T-Charge is part of a package of actions intended to […]

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What are the links between climate change and all these devastating hurricanes?

September 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Climate change cannot be blamed for the hurricane count in any single season, nor for the occurrence of any single storm, but there are three ways in which it is making the consequences worse. First, although the intensity of a hurricane depends on many factors, warmer seawater tends to promote stronger storms. Average sea surface […]

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Climate change + urban development = massive flooding worldwide

September 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Houston may have broken the US rainfall records, but lost in the dramatic worldwide coverage of Texas has been the plight of tens of millions of people across Asia and Africa who are also counting the human cost of equally intense storms in which months of rain has fallen in just a few hours. One […]

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A review of the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

August 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

When the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was issued in 2006, it took me three years before I caught up with it at home but, this summer, I made a point of viewing the sequel straightaway at the cinema. The issue of climate change has become so much more urgent and the stakes so much higher […]

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Remembering one of the most magical days of my life

April 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I was saddened to read a report in today’s “Guardian” that explains that, following massive bleaching events in both 2016 and 2017, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is severely damaged along two-thirds of its length and has entered a “terminal stage”. Four years ago, I was fortunate enough to spend a day at the Great Barrier […]

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Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans

February 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the UK, we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day. Only half of these are recycled, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans. Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming […]

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Ever heard of the Internet of Wings?

February 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You may have heard of the Internet of Things – the connection of millions and millions of devices through the Net. Now let me introduce you to a project sometimes dubbed the Internet of Wings but properly called ICARUS. ICARUS is short for ‘International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space’ and it is a global […]

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What is the greatest threat to the world from a Trump Presidency? It might just be his denial of climate change

January 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Trump is the president that corporate luddites have dreamed of: the man who will let them squeeze every last cent from their oil and coal reserves before they become worthless. They need him because science, technology and people’s demands for a safe and stable world have left them stranded. There is no fair fight that […]

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