Peak pesticide

“By comparing similar farms using high or low levels of pesticides, the scientists found that 94% of farms would lose no production if they cut pesticides and two-fifths of these would actually produce more. …
A recent consultancy report commissioned by the ECPA [European Crop Protection Association] indicated that French farmers would lose €2bn of grape production without access to certain pesticides.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals

The agrochemical industry insists it’s all or nothing with their pesticides; they won’t have farmers cherry-picking.

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MacHaddock

“The MCS encouraged people to ask for ‘green-certified’ haddock – caught in the north-east Arctic and Iceland – in fish and chip shops and on fish counters, or eat fish on the green list such as coley, mackerel and hake.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/17/haddock-fish-scotland-uk-waters-removed-sustainable-seafood-list

The sustainability rating of the sturgeon was still being calculated.

Sartorial Sardine

“Improving the welfare of fish within nets is an emerging area of research, as reducing stress during capture improves the quality (and price) of the fish that end up in restaurants.” https://theconversation.com/tens-of-thousands-of-dead-fish-just-washed-up-on-a-cornish-beach-heres-why-70696

It shouldn’t be hard to convince them that fishnets are a benign fashion accessory.

Renewellbles

“Scotland has the potential to produce well more energy than it needs from renewable sources…” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

…without more wells:
“The Scottish Government will not support underground coal gasification (UCG) developments in Scotland.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Underground-coal-gasification-blocked-2c9f.aspx)

“The country’s next challenge … is to figure out how to translate success in electricity production to lagging areas, such as heating and transport.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

Lagging is of course usually deployed as insulation – the Scottish climate giveth and it taketh away.

Farcicological Dig

“All this nonsense is a substitute for a simple proposition: stop digging. There is only one form of carbon capture and storage that is scientifically proven, and which can be deployed immediately: leaving fossil fuels in the ground.” (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/27/fracking-digging-drilling-paris-agreement-fossil-fuels)

Hands up those government politicians who want to stop digging. You’ll have to stretch so I can see you above that hole you all seem to be in.

Fully Fishy

“89.5% of fish are now either ‘fully fished’ or overfished … Fully fished is an industry term used for a species that is caught to the ‘optimum’ amount, it’s often passed off as sustainable, but in reality often means the species is caught right up to the breaking point, but not beyond (that’s when it becomes ‘overfished’).” (http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/895-oceans-fish-are-now-fully-or-overfished-lowdown-uns-16-sofia-report-20160923)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give him a trawler and he’ll feed his family on caviar wrapped in gold leaf for three decades before leaving the ecological bomb crater for someone else to sort out.

Goosed

“The nuclear industry and the government claim Hinkley is a good option if we want to ‘keep the lights on’ – but is it really the golden goose they claim it to be?” (http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/nuclear/five-reasons-why-hinkley-not-golden-goose-20160811)

Don’t be fooled by a tasty goose;
You’ll only get a basted noose.
The government’s playing fast and loose,
Through foreign investors’ ghastly truce,
With failed technology that faced misuse.
So even if it bakes your hoose,
All you’ll get from this hasty ruse,
Is wasted chance and pricey juice.
Whatever government excuse,
In truth, it’s all pure nasty goose.

Stuff the goose: please sign and share Greenpeace’s petition.