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  • Adam Hardy 11:03 am on February 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Meeting tonight Feb 5 – use TfL’s Healthy Streets tools to improve our streets #airquality 

    Lucy Saunders is giving a talk this evening at 19:30 in Islington Town Hall, Upper Street.
    “Using TfL’s Healthy Streets tools to improve our street.”

    This is a joint event with Cycle Islington and Islington Living Streets.

    “Please do come along!”, they say.

    Their fb event: https://m.facebook.com/events/402225480191284?%3Fti=ia

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    • susan640 11:15 am on February 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Have tweeted this out, Sue

  • Adam Hardy 9:07 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    #idling is fuelish boom boom! (Better than broom broom ((unless you’re a witch)) @idlingaction 

    Need some of those leaflets for Stroud Green Primary School… https://idlingaction.london/ and #idling is fuelish says Nigel Havers

     
  • Adam Hardy 4:17 pm on January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    #Hedgehoggedon on the horizon but gardeners every can help #hedgehogs with advice from @wildlondon 

    Go to http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/hedgehog-help to get the PDF but essentially:

    • leave habitat in your garden that they like
    • make hedgehog-sized holes in your walls, fences etc for hedgehog highways
    • build a hedgehog house
    • encourage slugs and beetles (see first point?)
    • feed them meat (whoops, Granny bless her was wrong on that one)
    • remove litter
    • keep drain holes covered
    • check bonfires before lighting
    • keep your green areas green (see first point again)
    • support London Wildlife Trust (which I have done for yonks and I asked them 10 years ago why they weren’t doing this already but I guess they have limited resources and far far too much to focus on)

    I’m planning a hedgehog safari to try to photograph the hedgehogs in Regents Park and keep my kids interested in nature – any advice welcome! Raincoats and patience already on the list of required equipment.

     
  • Adam Hardy 10:40 pm on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    New NO2 #airquality stats by postcode from BBC website – Marylebone Rd worst in UK, then Hyde Park Corner 

    EarthSense have put together a model with NO2 data for the BBC – put in a postcode and find out on a scale from 0 to 7 how bad it is.

    I thought it was interesting to check places by postcode but I’m not sure how it’s done. It says the railway bridge over Seven Sisters Road is just ‘lightly polluted’ although at the same time “there is a strong chance of nitrogen dioxide levels exceeding the annual legal limit” – slight contradiction!

     
    • Kate Calvert 11:16 pm on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, just checked our road which is in the almost best category, and that doesn’t tally with the NO2 readings taken by local groups.

  • Adam Hardy 9:33 pm on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Last Straw campaign by Evening Standard – sea change? #LastStraw 

    Start of the end for “disposable” plastic:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/the-last-straw-the-evening-standard-launches-a-new-campaign-to-eradicate-plastic-straws-from-londons-a3740101.html

    and if you can stomach it, the viral video that started it: https://youtu.be/4wH878t78bw

    Blue Planet and David Attenborough obviously did a lot to put the issue in front of everyone too.

     
  • Kate Calvert 6:03 pm on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Benefits of Trees 

    An article from 2015 prompted by the loss of street trees in Sheffield but summarising the multiple benefits of trees https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/15/treeconomics-street-trees-cities-sheffield-itree.

    Sadly in the heat of the 2017 summer newly planted trees have been struggling so well worth getting out there to water them if you can –

     
  • Adam Hardy 4:23 pm on July 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    I will challenge age-old law that man cannot live on bread alone, thanks to awesomeness of bread-by-bike bread 

    We went to see the bakery and met the baker Andy Strang, while the kids scoffed all the salami and houmous canapes that were provided for the official opening day. This was three weeks ago.

    He needs to establish himself, and then start training and sending out bakers all over the country to start up bakeries everywhere.

    It has only just occurred to me after eating the bread for about 3 years that it’s probably not organic. Shame. Will have to a word in his ear – although I think if I’d bought his “bread bond” on his kickstarter campaign, I might have more influence (one of his bread bonds supplies you with bread for a year).

    Baker on the left, my child on the right, steadfastly refusing to sing “pat-a-cake pat-a-cake”.

     
  • susan640 11:03 pm on June 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boiler scrappage; GLA; Getting Warmer; Caroline Russell   

    London boiler scrappage scheme extended till 31st Aug for homeowners on benefits with broken boilers. 

    Eligible homeowners should take advantage of this scheme, details are here:,
    https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/improving-quality/better-boilers

    Many renters are also in desperate need of better boilers, but the Greater London Assembly has produced a report “Getting Warmer” : https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/getting_warmer.pdf which puts forward ideas for action in the rental sector We are pleased to see that Islington’s Caroline Russell (Green Party candidate in the recent election), and sole non-Labour Councillor, AND Green Party GLA member is also Deputy Chair of the GLA’s Environment Committee, who produced the report, which has a great many positive proposals on all aspects of greener energy. We look forward to seeing the Mayor take these ideas forward into reality.

     
    • Ayam Jago 1:09 am on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great info. Lucky me I discovered your site by accident (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!

  • susan640 8:16 pm on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Transition Highgate; climate change; air quality: manifestos   

    #TransitionHighgate: analysis of parties’ positions on #climatechange, the Paris Agreement, energy transition, air quality 

    Transition Highgate have done an analysis of the political parties’ positions on climate change, C02 reduction, air quality, and energy policies, as stated in their manifestos, which can be seen here http://transitionhighgate.org/2017/05/general-election-of-june-2017/#more-4894

    Apart from UKIP, which takes a Trumpian position (that says it all, really) of wanting to repeal the Climate Act, leave the Paris Agreement, and the European Emissions Trading Scheme, all the other parties wish to support our CO2 targets, but the Conservatives are keener to keep prices down, and consequently (as shown by their actions in government) go slow on moving towards carbon reduction sufficient to keep the planet to only a 2 degree temperature increase, never mind a 1.5 degree increase. The Campaign against Climate Change states that fracking on any significant scale would harm the UK’s chances of keeping within its carbon budgets – but the Conservatives as everyone knows are encouraging the development of fracking.

    Unfortunately the Brexit debacle is taking political attention off climate and environmental issues, which get very little attention in the mainstream media anyway.

     
  • susan640 10:22 am on June 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    #Politicalparties’environmentalpositions, by #MarkAvery 

    The environment, upon which we all depend, has hardly featured in this current election. So here is a bid to spread some information around. Mark Avery, who was the RSPB’s Conservation Director for many years, has analysed the Parties’ environmental positions.

    His comments are here: “What will environmental protection look like in the post-Brexit world? Labour, LibDems and the Greens promise to keep the current level of environmental protection and build on it whereas the Conservatives and UKIP say they will throw away the bad bits and keep the good bits without telling us which is which. That seems to be the same level of clarity on Brexit that those most keen on it have had since the EU referendum campaign started and it simply isn’t good enough. In particular, since we might get a Tory government but we won’t get a UKIP one, it’s completely unacceptable for them to be so vague. What has Defra been doing for the past year if it can’t tell us how the environment will be protected?

    And I don’t trust a Conservative government, particularly with the current characters, to protect our environment. If we re-elect the Tories then I believe we will see watering down of site protection (SPAs, SACs, SSSIs etc) to make way for cranky economic developments. Our coast and our countryside, and our seas too, will be opened up for development with little legal protection. Species protection will also be watered down – you wouldn’t want to be a Great-crested Newt, Fox, Badger, Hen Harrier, Buzzard or Nightingale under a Conservative government free from the sanction of the EU courts. This is an absolute red line for me and it means I could not possibly vote Conservative or UKIP even if I loved to bits everything else in their manifestos (I don’t).

    So how will I vote? I’m a Labour party member living in a Conservative-held Tory/Labour marginal seat so it’s not very difficult for me, I’ll be voting Labour.

    How should you vote? Well, I hesitate to recommend anything because it depends on the candidates etc etc but if you care about the environment please consider voting for whoever might beat the Conservative candidate.

    Quick guide to the party manifestos’ environmental content (click on the party names for more information):

    Labour: B+

    LibDems: B+

    Greens: B+

    UKIP: D

    Conservative: D-

    SNP: little environmental content as SNP Westminster MPs do not engage, no rating

    Plaid Cymru: little environmental content as SNP Westminster MPs do not engage, no rating

    DUP: little environmental content, DUP MPs tend to vote with the Conservatives, no rating

    Other political parties are available.

    To keep up with Mark on all matters connected with keeping our biodiversity in one piece, please go to http://markavery.info/blog/ Mark Avery powered by WordPress and Shaan

     
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