weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

yellow front door

Hello!  How’s it going?  I’m currently writing this week’s 10 Things from a very dusty room full of boxes.  We’ve got the builders in for the third time in nine months.  No, we’re not building the Taj Mahal – just the joys of renovating a dilapidated old house!

This week’s links:

1. In case you missed this week’s big news: insect population sizes are in sharp decline.  Here are five things we can all do to help reverse insect decline.

2.  This was a great read from Grist on the all-female team investigating what plastic is doing to our bodies.

3.  In the 357th installment of nothing is ever straightforward – apparently banning plastic could have unintended consequences.

4.  The butcher who turned vegan overnight.

5.  Scary stuff – the polar bears who came to tea – a possible consequence of climate change.

6.  The BBC, yes, the BBC, are launching a homeware and fashion brand based around Blue Planet.  I’m trying desperately not to be skeptical, and telling myself it’s not all about the money…

7.  The school climate change strikes are inspiring – but they should shame us adults:

While the threat of a no-deal crashout from the EU is, if all too real, entirely avoidable via a simple vote of the House of Commons, it has fallen to children to point to the emergency that is neither fake nor easily averted. It has fallen to those so young they are not trusted to decide what they can eat or when they can go to bed to sound the alarm about the crisis that matters most: the crisis of the climate“.

8.  Pay your interns and your influencers: how unpaid work perpetuates privilege.

9.  A lovely bit of good news.

10.  Finally, because I quite often get emails about things like this: I bought this bulk sized conditioner* a couple of weeks ago and I’m pleased to report all of our hair is very happy.  Suma do a cheaper bulk sized conditioner* too, which I haven’t tried, but could be another good option.

Have a lovely Sunday!


weekend links

Ten Things

winter blog reading

Hello! Are you keeping cosy in this cold weather? We’ve had snow and ice and all sorts, so I’ve been spending some time in front of the fire this week researching my family tree.

It’s been so fascinating. I knew that some of my family were miners, but it turns out I’m from a really long line of coal miners, which is somewhat funny given that I’m an advocate for keeping the stuff in the ground! I wonder what all of these many mining ancestors would make of the world today.

This week’s links:

1.The EU is proposing a ban on 90% of micro-plastic pollutants. It is “unknown for now” whether the measure would apply in the UK after Brexit.

The draft law targets microplastics that are not necessary but have been added to products by manufacturers for convenience or profit, and would target cosmetics, detergents, paints, polish and coatings, as well as products in the construction, agriculture and fossil fuels sectors.

2. Did you know there are over 400 free Ivy League University short courses that anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of educational background, can study online for free, most of them at your own pace?

I’ve had a scan through the full list and the ones most aligned with sustainability are: The Ethics of Eating (Cornell University); The Age of Sustainable Development (Columbia University); The Health Effects of Climate Change (Harvard University); Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather (Harvard University); Shark Conservation (Cornell and Queensland Universities); The Climate-Energy Challenge (Harvard); Introduction to Environmental Science (Dartmouth University); and Feeding the World (Pennsylvania University).

All fascinating stuff! I’m thinking about the shark one, or the ethics of eating. If you study a course, do let me know – I’d love to hear your experiences.

3. We need a new lexicon.

In an epic feat of brand mismanagement, the climatologists who first began ringing the alarm that Earth was on a crash course for inhospitality called the situation “global warming.” That remains accurate, on a planetary scale: 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, based on global annual temperatures… But that term, “global warming,” is too easily misconstrued, too easily manipulated by bad-faith actors like US president Donald Trump,
who point to cold weather events or rainstorms and say “how could Earth be turning hot and dry when it’s colder and raining more than ever?

4. Plastic or paper – which type of bag is greener?

5. What happened when an entire village went almost waste-free. It really shows you what can happen when a community comes together to work towards a shared goal.

6. Beyonce encourages her fans to go vegan by offering free concert tickets for life in return for committing to eating more vegan meals.

7. The biggest climate victories of 2018.

8. This is American based but it’s a great example of what happens when you campaign on climate action and win.

9. Carbon capture to fight climate change is dividing environmentalists.

10. Finally, this was a good read from Grist on where to move to in order to escape climate change.

Spoiler: “the future isn’t for sure, but running away from the problem ensures that it will be“.

That’s it for this week’s Ten Things. Whatever you do today, keep warm!


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