Why does three tonnes matter?
What is the carbon footprint of 1 gigabyte of Internet data?
We – the human race – currently pump 53 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year. This gas mostly comes from burning coal, oil and gas, although clearing forests, agriculture and producing cement also have big roles. So, every time we fire up the central heating, or the car, or the TV, or […]
Do I have to give up meat and dairy to tackle climate change: part two
I’ve been reading a lot recently about how our rapidly growing reliance on web apps is using more resources and impacting on climate change. At the same time, the usual questions that I always have around “how much is down to me?” and “what can I do about it?” seem to go unanswered. Heck, it’s […]
Do I have to give up meat and dairy to tackle climate change?
My previous post on whether it was necessary to give up meat and dairy to tackle climate change produced a pretty adverse reaction from some of my vegan and vegetarian friends. It was never my intention to upset anyone, and I apologise unreservedly if I did. I feel that the message has got lost in the […]
Syria: caught between fossil fuels and climate change
This week saw the publication of new research on the global impact of farming methods. It’s a serious, in-depth study that underlines not only the contribution of farming to climate change, but also its wider impact on water, land and air. It highlights the devastating and rapidly growing environmental cost of beef and dairy farming […]
Syria has been in the news almost constantly over the past seven years as the scene of many atrocities and endless suffering. The early uprisings of the ‘Arab Spring’ – against brutal government actions and the spiralling cost of living – quickly developed into all out civil war, with international support for both sides from […]