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Harvard Uni set to be unfossilised

Two percent of Harvard’s investments are in fossil fuels. This amounts to $42 billion. After ten years of activity by sane students and staff, at last the university has buckled, though the announcement carefully avoids the term “divestment.” We mustn’t … Continue reading

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Bushfire survivors force climate action

During the past few years, legal challenges have been a wonderful means for forcing official change. The latest is in New South Wales, Australia: a court has mandated that in future, permissions for development include considerations of effect on climate … Continue reading

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Even the loggers are going renewable

The area of East Gippsland in Victoria, Australia is known for logging. My long term friend and comrade Jill Redwood has lived there for decades, often literally afraid for her life. Many locals drive around with stickers on their vehicles: … Continue reading

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Dove for the future

Until now, I knew that “dove” can have two meanings: a nice little bird that hangs around cities, and the past tense of “dive.” It’s because of this ambiguity that I always write “dived” instead of “dove” (for the action, … Continue reading

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Reincarnated Barbie dolls

Mattel, the makers of Barbie dolls, Matchbox toys and MEGA toys has started up a recycling program. If you visit the Mattel Playback site, you can print off a free shipping label and send them your outgrown toys for recycling. … Continue reading

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No you can’t kill Europe’s bees!

…and other insects. The EU Court of Justice has dismissed an appeal from Bayer against a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. If you find legalese too difficult, here is a plain-language report from Greenpeace. This ban should be planetary. Who wants … Continue reading

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Guilty under the law, but acquitted anyway

Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King — and Jesus — all said that when a law is immoral, it is our duty to break it. This is what Extinction Rebellion is about. In 2019, a bunch of people were arrested for … Continue reading

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Housework is worth money at last!

Genius is one of my 100-word stories, in which Emma Smith put a monetary value on a woman’s typical unpaid contribution to a household. China has taken first step toward this lofty goal. Read the BBC report.

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Renewables have won in the USA

Statistics are in for November, 2020. As in October, 100% of new energy generation came from wind and solar, and this is not even counting small rooftop solar installations. There is still a long way to go to replace gas … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank cuts off gas

Only ten years ago, natural gas was the golden fuel, supposed to bridge us into renewables. Now, it is known to be as dirty as coal, not to mention the damage fracking does. Dr Werner Hoyer, President of the European … Continue reading

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