All posts by Timothy Chilman

Half The Camels In The United Arab Emirates Were Killed By Plastic Bags


The United Arab Emirates Ministry of the Environment has declared that half the dead camels in the desert region of Falaj Mualla were killed by plastic bags: after taking one as a snack, the camels suffocated when the plastic hardened in their massive stomachs. While the camels themselves decomposed extensively, the plastic bags in their […]

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Bangers banned in New Delhi


A court ruling has seen bangers banned in New Delhi. The National Green Tribunal, a court in India that tries cases pertaining to environmental issues, has banned vehicles of more than 15 years of age from the streets of the country’s capital. A study by the World Health Organisation found the air of the city […]

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Doing Good For The Environment Gives You A Warm Glow


If you do good for the environment, you get a warm feeling – literally. Researchers discovered that, in two studies, when volunteers believed they were aiding the environment, they felt that the temperature was higher. People who were designated environmentally friendly gauged the temperature of the room in which they sat to be around 1°C […]

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Are you having a picnic above a London plague pit?


As you enjoy a picnic in a park, you could well be sitting above a London plague pit. The black death – thought to be a combination of bubonic, pneumonic and perhaps septacaemic plague – killed 15 percent of the population of London from 1665 to 1666. When churchyards overflowed, people were buried in plague […]

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Loom bands threaten the world


Loom bands are thingies comprised of interlocking elastic bands. The interlocking bit is accomplished by means of a Rainbow Loom Kit or fingers. Over three million Rainbow Looms have been sold worldwide and now Amazon’s top 30 best-selling toys are loom-related. Celebrities seen wearing loom bands include the Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham and Miley […]

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Heathrow Mollusc Scourge – The Quagga Mussel


The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) has announced that, in the course of water quality testing, a species of mollusc capable of wreaking dire havoc in the United Kingdom has been discovered at Wraysbury reservoir, close to Heathrow Airport, and the Wraysbury River, a tributary of the River Coine that is itself a Thames tributary. […]

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Angelenos Take The Dirty Car Pledge


Nine months after Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in response to California’s worst drought on record, thousands of residents have taken the Dirty Car Pledge and will not wash their cars for 60 days. The campaign, initiated by Los Angeles Waterkeeper, seeks to increase awareness of the badness of the drought and empower […]

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They Can Be Shy, They Can Be Sociable – Sharks Have Feelings, Too: Sharks’ Personality


A study led by the University of Exeter and the Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom and published in the journal, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, on 2 October 2014 has found that those legendary predators, sharks, have personalities which are evident from the manner in which they interact with other sharks. Personalities have been […]

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Students asked to pee in the shower to save water


Students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have been implored to pee in the shower to save water. A campaign with this aim named #gowiththeflow was devised by students Chris Dobson and Debs Torr. The idea reached the final stage of the Npower Future Leaders Challenge, a competition where students conceive projects that would […]

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An Environmentally Friendly Lawn Beckons


A great number of homeowners yearn for a perfect, green lawn, but this can be problematic when, for instance, there is drought in the United States and hosepipe bans are a possibility in the United Kingdom. Not only that, but the use of fertiliser and pesticide is discouraged. While green, lawns can be decidedly ungreen, […]

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