Message in a Bottle

“The European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and the Carlsberg company were sloshed Thursday in an open letter by campaigners opposed to the patenting of plants and animals.” http://www.dw.com/en/carlsberg-urged-by-ngos-to-rethink-beer-ingredient-patents/a-36429622

Someone must have been under the undue influence to decide to allow Heineken and Carlsberg to ‘own’ barley.

Greensilence

“Soon after the election was called, Greenpeace revealed it was fined in an ‘act of civil disobedience’ for refusing to be regulated under the Lobbying Act … which requires civil society organisations and business lobbyists to register and restricts their activities in the run-up to polling day.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/01/lobbying-act-stifling-environment-debate-in-election-campaign

Are we still able to vote for democracy?

Drink Shrink

“Exporters to the UK have been shrinking the size of products such as chocolate bars and fruit juices since the Brexit vote but not reducing the prices they charge British consumers in the shops.” https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jun/01/revealed-chocolate-and-drinks-shrink-since-brexit-vote-with-no-price-drop

A possible upside to Brexit: the campaign against obesity and food waste enters a stealth phase.

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Norbic

“At a meeting in Bergen, Norway, to discuss cooperation among their countries, the five heads of government came up with their own version of the [Riyadh orb] photo. …
‘In the lower [photo] are the five Nordic prime ministers, holding a ball with the sustainability goals. We’re hoping they’ll be a roadmap for the future.'” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/31/nordic-prime-ministers-troll-trumps-viral-orb-photograph

World leaders actually grasping the future? Bless the Nordics.

Fearthers

“Sporting estates that do not have raptor persecution as part of their business model should have nothing to fear from a licencing regime designed to enforce existing law.” https://greens.scot/news/ruskell-welcomes-steps-towards-a-licensing-scheme-for-game-bird-hunting

If the campaign needs a theme tune, how about classic Blue Öyster Cult from 1976: Don’t Fear the Raptor.

Germafrost

“The Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

The facility was swiftly renamed the Global Sprout Vault – vault as in spring.

Zoobesity

“We are a nation of couch potatoes, lacking the will and the strength to turn around the obesity tanker. …
While seeking to minimise the barriers that prevent healthy behaviours [in humans], we should make sure that the design of new environments is taken into account.
A good model would be to look at how zoos are designed. Before a zoo is built, it is common practice for zoologists, biologists, animal psychologists, nutritionists, architects, designers and landscape architects to work closely together to create an environment that optimises the living conditions for the animals. …
Ironically, we do not seem to make the same demands when a town, neighbourhood or workplace environment for humans is planned and designed.” https://theconversation.com/learning-from-zoos-how-our-environment-can-influence-our-health-77063

Urban planning must urgently focus on creating spaces suitable for lifetime incarceration that remove the last vestiges of free will.