Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category


The wonders of BBC’s “Planet Earth II”

December 17th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I know that I’m late to the party, but I’ve just started to watch the widely-praised BBC natural history series “Planet Earth II” narrated by the venerable David Attenborough. The photography is simply stunning. Episode 1 is about “Islands” and this is a clip:

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What proportion of England’s waste is actually recycled?

December 16th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

One answer is: not enough, less than half, and the proportion is falling. A more statistical answer is: the recycling rate in England has dropped from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2015. The rate has fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now […]

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Some good news: the Paris climate agreement is now official

November 4th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

As the “Guardian” newspaper puts it: “The significance of the Paris agreement coming into force today is easy to miss: it may seem like an anti-climax, given the travails that led up to its signing last December. But the moment is of huge importance. This is the first time that a legally-binding agreement, signed by […]

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The amazing rice fields of Japan

September 19th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

A friend drew my attention to something rather special. Check this out and be amazed …

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What is blue, green and grey water?

July 6th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

As part of my work as a consumer advocate, for over four years now I’ve been active in the water sector chairing a Customer Challenge Group for South East Water. So I’ve been attending lots of discussions and events about water and trying to keep up with all the acronyms and terminology in the sector. […]

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Why is there so much irrational opposition to genetically modified food?

July 2nd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

“The United Nations Food & Agriculture Program has noted that global production of food, feed and fiber will need approximately to double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. Organizations opposed to modern plant breeding, with Greenpeace at their lead, have repeatedly denied these facts and opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. […]

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The weather – like our politics – has gone mad

June 20th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Technically, today is the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere as explained in this short note. But it seems that nobody told the weather. Here in London, we have grey skies and heavy rain and a temperature of 15C. On Thursday, the UK holds a referendum to decide whether the country will remain a […]

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Some good news: renewable energy smashes global records

June 2nd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

If you follow the news – and I’m a bit of a news junkie – most of it is depressing, so it’s a good idea to highlight positive news stories when they come along. Like this one: “An upsurge in new wind, solar and hydro plants and capacity saw renewable energy smash global records last […]

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The Siberian crater saga: more widespread – and scarier – than anyone thought

March 14th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

If one spends a bit of time surfing the web and looking at social media – as I do – often one comes across something new and interesting and sometimes scary. For instance, have you heard of the Siberian crater saga? No, neither had I. But it seems that across this end of the earth […]

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You learn something every day. Let me introduce you to RAMSAR

February 4th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

For the past four years, I have chaired a body – currently called the Customer Panel – for a company called South East Water. ┬áThe operation and regulation of the water sector is incredibly complicated with lots of specialist terminology and a great many acronyms. This week, we had a meeting at which we focused […]

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