Smelly Plants

“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named 383 plants guilty of leaks, pongs and breaches in 2015.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14884352.Exposed__the_383_plants_that_pollute_Scotland/)

Have we passed peak pong,
Or is this leak long?
Time we pung out those leeches –
Show them who wears the breeches!
Will SEPA make speeches
Or fight them on the breaches?

Balmy

“The heads of 10 major oil and gas companies have denied they are paying lip service to climate change initiatives while conducting business as usual. … Critics said the pledges by the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative were little more than hot air.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/16/oil-companies-deny-that-joint-climate-pledge-is-lip-service)

Should we expect anything more from oil and gas than lip gloss and hot air?

“In their joint statement the 10 oil and gas company CEOs from the BG Group, BP, Eni, Pemex, Reliance Industries, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total, said: … ‘Over the coming years, we will collectively strengthen our actions and investments to contribute to reducing the GHG (greenhouse gas) intensity of the global energy mis.'”

Speaking of missing things, “oils” and “propane” rearrange to ‘oops near lip’.

Bovindoors

“In reaction to pressure on [milk] price, some farming leaders are encouraging a move to intensive dairy farming; keeping cows indoors all year, in so-called zero-grazing units or mega-dairies.” (http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/08/compassion-calls-for-reform-of-dairy-industry/)

When the price slump is a result of reduced global demand, producing more is radical logic. Perhaps it needs more weedkiller

Sponsore

“About 20% of the €170m (£122m) cost of the Paris [climate] conference will come from firms such as EDF, Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez), Air France, Renault-Nissan and BNP Paribas.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/29/paris-climate-summit-sponsors-include-fossil-fuel-firms-and-big-carbon-emitters)

The ‘polluter pays’ principle has never looked so contaminated.

Smoggey Sauce

“Beijing has extended a ban on outdoor barbecues to restaurants operating in some suburban areas as it tries to improve its notoriously poor air quality in case it wins the 2022 Winter Olympics. … The government blames them for contributing to smog, despite much public ridicule that dirty factories are more to blame.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/us-china-olympics-smog-idUKKBN0NS04V20150507)

The decision is a boost for athletes on a sashimi diet.

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?

Two weeks till the UK general election. Here’s a simple quiz to help you find the political party closest to your views: http://election2015.votematch.org/

Coaly Hell

“Gore and Blood said the impact of coal’s combustion on the climate and the air pollution it generates were already responsible for devastating the lives the industry claims to have improved.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/16/al-gore-coal-industry-campaign-on-energy-poverty-is-extremely-misleading)

The climate change debate just got grisly.