Monthly Archives: September 2021

Combustible Plastic Materials: Unsafe in Schools, Hospitals and Residential Homes

72 people died in the infamous Grenfell Tower Building, situated in London, UK. The fire was due to it being ‘wrapped in plastic’. Surely this council building must be a horrible exception? No matter how low or high the building, … Continue reading

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Another Endocrine Disruptor: Perchlorate

Continuing with my previous theme of fire and toxins, and also looking at another endocrine disrupter, we find this one was invented by chemists during World War Two, as part of rocket propulsion experiments by military weapons makers. Indeed, the … Continue reading

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Plastic Factory Fires: Killer Phthalates

And one YouTube dramatic coverage of a 2013 fire at a Recycling Centre in Sheffield. It is helpful to read this article, written over twenty years ago, which describes how different plastics burn. The Firefighters who attend a plastics factory … Continue reading

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Let’s Have “extended producer responsibility”!

Renewable industry manufacturers, whether they be start-ups or high fliers, are rubbing their hands with anticipation of financial wealth beyond their wildest dreams. Governments can sell their concepts to citizens as climate change solutions, winning votes and ensuring election. What … Continue reading

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No Landfill for Lithium, Thank you!

If anything is not economic to recycle, we have always dumped it in landfill with a pretence we had no choice. All landfill activity is known to be a last resort, but landfills are growing around the globe despite that. … Continue reading

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‘Socioeconomic Divisions have Worsened’

9/11 did not change the world – it was already on the path to decades of conflict Republished on September 11th, 2021 September 10, 2021 11.47am BST Author Paul RogersProfessor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford Disclosure statement Paul Rogers is … Continue reading

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Taking Responsibility to Do No Harm

As we mine the resources we say we need to build stuff to ‘combat climate change’ we have, to date, mined irresponsibly. We have farmed irresponsibly and once we humans learned metallurgy, we began to mine irresponsibly. In fact, as … Continue reading

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Lithium Mining expansion: Threats and Opportunities

 A recent report published by the International Energy Agency states that meeting the Paris agreement’s climate targets would send demand skyrocketing for the “critical minerals” used to produce clean energy technologies. The figures are particularly dramatic for the raw materials used to … Continue reading

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