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48 Articles by Joe Turner

Watery footprints

A new calculator has been released to help us consider our environmental impacts. Dutch researchers have released a water footprint calculator. According to their figures, a single apple has a footprint of 40 litres, 1 kg of soyabeans has a footprint of 1,800 litres, one kg of chicken 3 ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Water

BLUEwash?

Adam Werbach has an impressive CV. Whilst still at High School, he founded the Sierra Student Coalition, said to be the largest student environmental group in the USA. At 23 he was elected as President of the Sierra Club, America's oldest (and some would say stuffiest) environmental organisation. Today ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business

Chaos

The other day, Edward Lorenz died. Lorenz was an academic meteorologist from MIT who tried to explain why weather forecasting was so notoriously difficult to get right -- creating a science we now know as chaos theory. Contrary to the thinking of the day, Lorenz suggested that in complicated systems such ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Climate Change

White Goods, White Elephants

Our washing machine is broken. We have been washing clothing in the bath and we have wet clothing drying around the house. Nothing to do with the washing machine -- we just like showing off our underwear to visitors. Anyway. Last year we spent nearly 6 months living without a fridge-freezer ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business

Top Global Emitters

Top global industries contributing to climate change: Mining and extraction of non-renewable resources -- hard to put a figure on their contribution, but not only are the products often burnt inefficiently, producing high levels of greenhouse gases, the process of extraction has a high energy cost and therefore a high level ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Climate Change, Industry & Business

What a Waste

An apple a day gets thrown away. In fact, 4.4 million apples get thrown away in the UK every day, the majority of which are still perfectly edible. This is according to information released this week by the UK government funded Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Having checked through ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Consumerism

Zoiks Scooby!

In a breath-taking move the top NASA climate scientist James Hansen recently ridiculed the EU CO2 emissions target as being too-little-too-late (PDF). Hansen says the EU target of 550 parts per million of C02 -- the most stringent in the world -- should be slashed to 350ppm. He argues the cut is ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Climate Change, Politics & Government, Weather

Eco Spies

Strange things are afoot in the world of eco-activism. On the one hand, regular protests against airport expansion in the UK have been overshadowed by the Terminal 5 Fiasco. On the other, it was revealed this week that one of the most radical UK protest groups Plane Stupid has been ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Industry & Business

Climate Evidence, Research and Debunking

In another review of recent reports from scientists studying global warming, we find disturbing evidence of warming in the northern and southern latitudes, an uncomfortable study on algal blooms in warmer conditions, suggestions that solar energy is still some way off large scale viability and the debunking of a favored ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Climate Change

Alternative Food Networks

Small scale food retailers, struggling in the UK (and many other countries) by massive monopolising corporations, are beginning to be joined in the battle by alternative food outlets. The fight rages on several fronts. Farmers markets are going from strength to strength in many diverse parts of the UK. Whilst ... keep reading

Written by Joe Turner in April 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Health

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