“The ongoing problems at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool [nuclear] reactors, taken offline last month, forced Centrica, a 20% owner of the atomic fleet with EDF, to issue a profit warning.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/04/nuclear-power-stations-out-december-edf)

A new definition of fuel poverty.



“Since the horsemeat issue we have seen 55 thousand tests being carried out on horsemeat products, and no horsemeat has been found in those.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29047911)

The typographical perils of “fat fingerprints”.


Australia’s federal environment minister “has already approved a plan to dredge 3m cubic metres, equivalent to 5m tonnes, of seabed in order to expand [Queensland’s] Abbot Point for an increase in coal exports. A proposal to dump the sediment within the [Great Barrier] reef’s marine park has also been approved.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/02/abbot-point-port-developers-ditch-great-barrier-reef-dumping)

The world’s first coal reef.


“Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, says it will start mixing palm oil-based biofuel with its jet fuel as part of an initiative to ‘reduce’ carbon emissions.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0828-garuda-indonesia-palm-oil.html)

By 2020 it plans to complete the conversion to mahogany wood-stoked engines.


“The Les fruits et légumes moches (inglorious fruit and vegetables) initiative offers misshapen fruit and vegetables at a 30% discount … with slogans including ‘hideous orange makes beautiful juice’.” (http://positivenews.org.uk/2014/environment/agriculture/16073/french-supermarket-sells-ugly-fruit-vegetables/)

Tres chicory.


“Massive amounts of electricity that America’s data centers devour to support our business and online activity is being wasted running computer servers doing little or no work most of the time.” (http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140826.asp)

Obvious targets for efficiency improvements are blogs with little or no traffic. Consequently this site will be available only between 05:13 and 05:14 GMT on Tuesdays with a P in the month.


“The decline of the passenger pigeon is a strikingly similar story to the decline of our very own turtle dove, which currently is halving in number every six years.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/381445-dont-let-our-turtle-dove-become-the-uks-passenger-pigeon)

Passengers pass on, but turtles should resurface.