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Climate Change Could Make Your Meat Taste Bad

We already know that we should eat less meat for the sake of the planet – the United Nations has said reduced meat consumption would help curb greenhouse emissions. While many ardent environmentalists are vegetarian, initiatives like Meatless Monday are trying to encourage all of us to do our part, […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Climate Change Could Make Your Meat Taste Bad

We already know that we should eat less meat for the sake of the planet – the United Nations has said reduced meat consumption would help curb greenhouse emissions. While many ardent environmentalists are vegetarian, initiatives like Meatless Monday are trying to encourage all of us to do our part, […]

Cadbury Adds Palm Oil to Its Chocolate

As the recession cuts deeper into the profits of big food companies, many brands are downsizing their portions in a bid to cut costs. In some cases, they are also downgrading their ingredients. But as chocolate giant Cadbury is discovering – you mess with your iconic brands at your peril. […]

How Your Internet Searches Can Fund Forests

Like many of us, I rely on the computer and internet for work and, increasingly, for pleasure. Switching it off is not really an option. Yet, I am also concerned by the fact that the IT industry is a growing contributor to the world’s greenhouse emissions. I am trying to […]

Riding the Scenic West Highlands Railway

It is often said that “it’s not the destination, but the journey that counts.” I have never fully subscribed to this theory, at least when it comes to travel. In my experience, there are some destinations that involve a long and unrewarding journey but make up for it in the […]

How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! These words, well known to most Australians, were penned over […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! These words, well known to most Australians, were penned over […]

How Your Internet Searches Can Fund Forests

Like many of us, I rely on the computer and internet for work and, increasingly, for pleasure. Switching it off is not really an option. Yet, I am also concerned by the fact that the IT industry is a growing contributor to the world’s greenhouse emissions. I am trying to […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

How Your Internet Searches Can Fund Forests

Like many of us, I rely on the computer and internet for work and, increasingly, for pleasure. Switching it off is not really an option. Yet, I am also concerned by the fact that the IT industry is a growing contributor to the world’s greenhouse emissions. I am trying to […]

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How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! These words, well known to most Australians, were penned over […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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