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Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

The cellar in my old house has reached a wall temperature of 20 degrees. For the first time in 28 years, it is actually warm. My local climate has changed – does such climate drying warn of future human disaster, or is this too far-fetched? 13/08/2018. The climate change ‘is […]

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13/08/2018 at 12:06Climate EU Life&Liberty

Goodbye Headington

Goodbye Headington

          Goodbye to the quiet, pleasant suburb that once was Headington (Oxford). I had to laugh at the Oxford Mail’s puff piece of the time (4th January 2016) for the new Barton Park (Oxford) development and its “waterfront” villas. The only waterfront will be the expanded […]

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06/06/2018 at 11:12Climate Life&Liberty UK

No Robin Hood, me ….

No Robin Hood, me ….

Five days in the wild with Woodland Ways 11 September 2017. Just back from a five-day course in the wilds of Leicestershire run by Woodland Ways. They call it an Intermediate course. With my bones still aching, I’d call it pretty advanced. And although I enjoyed the course, I’m still […]

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11/09/2017 at 16:33Climate Life&Liberty

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

Update 30/11/2018 – Guardian: ‘It’s the only way forward’ – Madrid bans polluting vehicles from city centre Monday 19th June 2017. Today I received the latest air-quality bulletin from the Belgian Interregional Environment Agency, which supplies air-quality warnings that focus particularly on nitrogen dioxide, particulates and ozone. The warnings for […]

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19/06/2017 at 10:55Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution – not Brexit, not Trump, the issue for 2017

Air pollution levels around the world have already disrupted much of nature – now they threaten life itself. And diesel cars are the culprit. My opinion …

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05/02/2017 at 12:50Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Brussels, 03/03/2016. Those prized Burgundy or summer truffles apparently have something more than just the ability to add flavour to fine dishes – they can also resist radioactivity!. Swiss and German researchers have analysed Burgundy truffles collected across regions of central Europe, and found that unlike other fungi, they possess […]

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03/03/2016 at 13:46Climate Life&Liberty

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Brussels, 26/9/2015. Updates: 23/02/2016  C4 Dispatches: Dirty Secrets: What’s Really in Our Air? 23/02/2016  New Scientist: Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030. I do so loathe diesel cars. As a motorcycle rider, I have wondered for years why certain cars were unpleasant to follow in traffic. […]

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26/09/2015 at 02:39Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

New EU regulations to boost alternative fuels for vehicles coming into force

New EU regulations to boost alternative fuels for vehicles coming into force

New EU regulations are coming into force on 29th September 2014 to boost the viability of alternative fuels for vehicles across Europe. EU member states will require national action plans to show how they are building refuelling and recharging points (electricity, natural gas and hydrogen).

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25/09/2014 at 22:50Auto Climate EU EU_Energy

If you build on a flood-plain – use stilts

If you build on a flood-plain – use stilts

        A new study published in the Hydrological Sciences Journal examines the increasing frequency and severity of flooding, and concludes that there are clear links to population density and human activity. The report’s key conclusions are that flooding is mostly caused by what we do to or […]

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03/03/2014 at 12:44Climate Life&Liberty