Environment

  • Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto May 21, 2017 Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017. But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory. The most powerful UK ... Read More
  • The-west-coast-of-scotland-a-land-and-sea-nuclear-death-zone-the-real-reason-the-unionists-are-desperate-to-hang-on-to-scotland-part2 – This is heartbreaking May 3, 2017 Scotland – Beautiful above – but deadly below and at sea The Westminster government handed the USA large areas of Scotland’s mainland, islands and maritime areas forming part of a long term lease lend scheme ensuring the UK would be provided with nuclear weapons at an advantageous price. Weapons currently include the Trident and around 200 nuclear warheads. Successive Westminster governments routinely claim the weapons systems provide the UK with an independent nuclear deterrent but this is not the case since all systems fall under the control of the USA at all times and as such their use could never be authorised by a UK Prime minister. The fore-going begs the question, why the hell do we have them?       It is  fact that the US ... Read More
  • UK Fracking: Job Estimates “plucked out of thin air” April 21, 2017 Thirty-one miles south of London, nestled amongst the southern English countryside and almost entirely surrounded by woodland, rests the little village of Balcombe in West Sussex. Not particularly well known for anything, if you’d have looked up Balcombe on the web before say, 2010, It’s more than likely that your search would have predominantly produced pictures and information on the Balcombe Estate, a collection of relatively well-to-do looking buildings that were built way back in 1856. Over the past few years, however, this has changed dramatically. Any search of the web for Balcombe now becomes saturated with online articles detailing the fierce protesting of hydraulic fracturing by environmental groups and local people. Opposition to the controversial technique reached its peak ... Read More
  • The Unfair Narrative on Global Warming and Development: Why it must be challenged April 15, 2017 The industries that have primarily caused, are still causing, and will continue to cause climate change, are the recipients of huge subsidies.According to Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, global subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, both indirect and direct, amounted to $5.3 trillion dollars in 2015. Or to frame it another way, 6.5% of global GDP. Roughly $10m per minute. That’s right you read it correctly- 10 million dollars per minute. These figures are from the IMF, hardly a hotbed of radical thinking as Anderson points out. This astronomical figure also includes the cost in health terms of air pollution, high coal use in China and India and, “broader externalities from vehicle use like ... Read More
  • THE GREEN MAN July 30, 2015 I drift on the threshold of a dream but the rumble of a passing chemical tanker shakes the room and I am pulled kicking and screaming back to waking consciousness. I lay in the semidarkness, the orange glow of the fracking flares send hellish shadows dancing across the ceiling. I reach for the bottle at my bedside and swig deeply, flushing the greasy aftertaste of airbourne pollution from my over-dry mouth. My sinuses throb and I blow my nose in vain, trying to clear my airways. The tangy metallic taste of blood trickles down my throat again, over-thinned blood vessels rupturing once more. “I can’t go on like this…” I repeat my mantra for the thousandth time. The loud tick of the wind ... Read More
  • fracking and the death of the green society July 25, 2015 So the Tories got there way and marched back in to power this time all on their own to do whatever they please ok it’s a slim majority but with the abstain party in opposition sorry the Labour party it seems they have taken this as a green light to do what they want . Speaking of green we have all read and heard about the cuts to disability to screwing of the Scotland bill or the welfare but what has slipped under the radar is their attack on the green policies. The Government has all but abolished the flagship green homes scheme which encouraged homeowners to cut down on their energy bills through new boilers insulation as well as other ... Read More
  • The Hunts not on July 14, 2015     SNP have they been flushed out re fox hunting? The SNP MPs have just announced that they will vote against relaxing the laws on hunting with dogs via the following media release: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jul/snp-fox-hunting-vote SNP Westminster group leader Angus Robertson MP said: “We totally oppose fox hunting, and when there are moves in the Scottish Parliament to review whether the existing Scottish ban is strong enough, it is in the Scottish interest to maintain the existing ban in England and Wales for Holyrood to consider. At which point the cries of “It’s a trap” and “They’ve broken their principles” could be heard all over social media. To put it bluntly – bollocks. The SNP would have been castigated whatever they had decided to do. They are still ... Read More
  • Trident No More June 26, 2015 A couple of years ago, on a very wet afternoon, I attended an anti-Trident demo. Many people marching, including as part of the SNP contingent, had been active in the anti-Trident movement for decades, and I’ve been on many similar marches since joining the SNP 14 years ago. I’d taken my own wee boy along – CND demos normally have a great family atmosphere and he and a couple of the other kids were busy stamping in puddles in George Square. But it did make me reflect on what the point of marching is, if so many people had done it for such a long time, and wonder if my son would be attending rallies as a student. Marches tend to be ... Read More
  • Nature doesn’t care whether we are happy June 7, 2015 Nature doesn’t care whether we are happy A lot has been said and written about the fact that we hardly ever live in the present – in fact, whole religions have been based on it. Most of us tend to either regret things from the past, or worry about the future. Now if that sounds too negative to you, let’s reword it: Most of us either indulge in happy memories or are eagerly anticipating the future.Take your pick. Either way, it’s the present moment that mostly eludes us, and I for one am at a stage in my life where I find the situation outright absurd. Why does the future take up so much of my time and (mental) energy, when ... Read More
  • When Will We Act May 31, 2015 To my amazement today I sat down to hear of a story of monkey skulls, stuffed birds of prey, reptiles, ivory and even tiger’s head where discovered in a raid on a house. Now where was this raid China maybe India even or perhaps somewhere in Africa, well you would be wrong wait for it Newton Abbott in Devon. I know Devon not really renowned for its illegal animal trade but in this day in age should we really be surprised. It seems that a 40 year old man was caught trying to smuggle a chameleon in formaldehyde customs which led to the raid and the discovery of the other endangered species and parts. It seems as a human race when it ... Read More

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