Insect Repellent

“The lead researcher stated that it is “foolish” to use seeds with pesticides pre-applied (so-called ‘prophylactic’ use), and his summary conclusion is telling: “The way they’re used doesn’t make any sense,” he says. “It only makes sense from one motive. That is the profit motive for the manufacturer”.” https://www.ecologicalcitizen.net/pdfs/v02n1-01.pdf p5

Also repels ethics.

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Aqua Vitae

“The [Woodland Trust Scotland’s Scottish Forestry Strategy pre-consultation] statement was launched during a reception at the Royal Highland Show with Loch Arkaig flavoured gin from the amazing Gin Bothy.” https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/06/royal-highland-show/

The flavour of loch water proved popular with Highland Show goers. It was described as ‘earthy’, ‘woody’, and ‘faintly tinged with diesel’.

Wrong Type of Heat

“Transport officials said rails under direct sunshine might reach 20C (68F) above the surrounding air temperature, causing the steel to expand – raising concern that rails will buckle as temperatures soar.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/uk-weather-railway-slowdown-stop-tracks-buckling-heatwave-set/

Network Rail assured passengers that slowing trains to mitigate this risk was in no way a consequence of going berserk with the chainsaw in the spring and removing all those miles of shady mature tree cover.

Eels on the Line

“The cocaine-exposed eels appeared “hyperactive” and their skeletal muscle showed evidence of serious injury, including muscle breakdown and swelling. … A polluted river will not have only cocaine, but also, for example, THC, morphine, MDMA, pesticides, heavy metals, phenols and antibiotics.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/21/cocaine-in-rivers-harming-endangered-eels-study-finds

Economists fear the bottom will soon fall out of the illegal drugs trade as users discover the circular economy – a good draught of river water will fulfil all their medication needs.

Coffeetive Dissonance

“Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in December that Britain had to “stop offshoring our dirt” and deal with its plastic waste at home.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/06/14/china-plastics-ban-malaysia-vietnam-poland/

“However, the reusable version appeared to have been abandoned in favour of a plastic-lined, single-use cup as he gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the work of Defra – including topics such as farming, air quality and post-Brexit plans.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/michael-gove-disposable-coffee-cup-environment-meeting-plastic-pollution-latte-levy-a8396761.html

UK government is committed to personally creating fulfilling jobs for those who deal with its plastic waste.

Home-improvers

“A single family of beavers removed high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from water that flowed through a 2.5 hectare enclosure in Devon. … The dams had trapped more than 100 tonnes of sediment, 70 per cent of which was soil, which had eroded from ‘intensively managed grassland’ fields upstream.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/05/09/beavers-reduce-river-pollution-building-dams-study-shows/

“The UK nuclear industry is also grappling with spiralling decommissioning costs, with the head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority this week suggesting leaving behind ‘industrial clutter in a few places’ as a way of saving money – and Government has agreed, issuing a consultation on lowering standards of decommissioning.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/05/09/government-says-it-could-put-nuclear-waste-dump-under-national-parks/

Someone, somewhere in the UK government, is pondering whether to grant (once native before being hunted to extinction by us) beavers ‘resident’ status in England on condition they sort our nuclear mess.

Epic Fell

“Network Rail admits the vast majority of the trees are healthy. It defended the felling, saying its new tree database of hotspot problem trees has “revolutionised” its approach to “vegetation management” to cut delays and risks to passengers from tree branches.
The company said the average tree had between 10 and 50,000 leaves, any or all of which could fall on the line.” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/29/millions-of-trees-at-risk-in-secretive-network-rail-felling-programme

Phase two will see concrete ‘icing’ applied to trackside bankings to stop the unforeseen mass erosion of soil burying lines.