BarbieWorld

“Toy giant, Mattel has announced that it is stopping the production of all SeaWorld-branded merchandise, including SeaWorld Trainer Barbie dolls … partly due to growing unrest over the treatment of orcas in captivity.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/04/barbie-turns-her-back-on-seaworld)

It had become too difficult to explain the danger of psychologically dysfunctional captive orcas to the dolls.

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Re-peat

“Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has proposed a 39-turbine development at Strathy South in Sutherland, which would only operate for a maximum of 25 years … [and yet] could take up to 24.8 years to ‘pay back’ the carbon impacts of its construction … [because it] would be situated on a peatland site.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/398890-sse-windfarm-at-strathy-south-could-take-over-20-years-to-become-carbon-neutral)

Renewable — capable of being renewed, on a 25 year contract, without perceivable benefit.

Hare Cut

“Mountain hares are now routinely culled on a large scale on many grouse moors in Scotland. This practice has developed relatively recently in the belief that it protects red grouse against the tick-borne louping ill virus, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support this claim.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/scottish-wildlife-organisations-call-to-ban-mountain-hare-cull/)

Head keeper grouses about hare loss.

Buzz

“Honeybees and bumblebees drank more from pesticide-containing solutions, … [with] a negative impact on their motor function and their ability to collect food and forage. … The most likely reason lies in the similarity of the [pesticide] chemicals to nicotine.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-environment-bees-pesticides-idUKKBN0ND24220150422)

That which does not kill us makes us dopier — Beedrich Beetzsche.

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Filamentary

“The phase-out of class D halogen light bulbs was due to take effect from September next year … The European Commission proposed to postpone the final stage based on industry’s concern, backed by some member states, that LED technology would not be ready to replace halogen lamps by 2016. … But recent studies have shown that efficient LED bulb replacements are already available on the market.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/20/eu-delays-ban-on-halogen-bulbs)

How many EU politicians and industry lobbyists does it take to change a light bulb?

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Elephanticide

“Zimbabwe has recently reaffirmed its pledge to export more young elephants to foreign buyers, and added that ‘culling’– mass slaughter — is another option under consideration.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0417-montoro-zimbabwe-elephants.html)

That being preferable to being sold as parts on ebay. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/illegal-trade-in-endangered-wildlife-thriving-on-ebay-despite-controls)

Thankfully those Dickensian days when we used to sell organs for cash or whole people into slavery and send children away to school are long gone. Er…