Hourglass Newspaper

SPENDING TIME IN NATURE CAN HELP LOWER EMISSIONS

Policies to preserve and develop urban green space could help city-dwellers reconnect with nature and help to meet sustainability targets, according to research from the University of Exeter. The Environment International report found people who live in more built-up areas and spend less of their time in nature are less likely to take actions that would benefit the environment and help tackle climate change, such as recycling or adopting eco-friendly shopping habits.The survey looked at 24,000 people’s responses for their exposure to nature in their local area, recreational visits to natural environments like parks, woodlands and beaches, and how…

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NEW CLIMATE MODELS PREDICT GREATER WARMING THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

To help predict global warming, scientists have two methods at their disposal: looking back at what temperatures were like when the atmosphere had comparable levels of greenhouse gases (through the study, for example, of ice-cores), and looking forward, using ‘models’ whereby supercomputers simulate future climate scenarios based on data that is available to us today. Both are valid, but they don’t always correlate. Results coming in from the latest generation of such climate models suggest that temperature increases that were forecast for 2100 may have been underestimated by anything between 0.4C and 0.9C. These don’t correspond with findings from…

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A FINAL EXIT?

EDITORIAL Dear Readers, When The Hourglass newspaper was launched last autumn, there was a desperate need for climate reporting in the press. Since then we’ve seen significantly more reporting, however, perhaps somewhat predictably given the slow erosion of democracy in Britain over the last decade, some news outlets have embraced climate reporting with a subtle denial angle; not necessarily touting outright climate denial (because this is now so sorely frowned upon generally), but by sowing seeds of doubt in their readers’ minds, or by moving the conversation away from where it needs to be. Doubt is a powerful…

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YOUR VIEWS

Email us at hourglass@rebellion.earth STAR LETTER Building bridges As a visitor to Britain from Brasil, I have found a copy of The Hourglass in the parish church in Launceston. I read this with interest, taking particular notice of the front- page story about the deaths of environmental defenders. It made me upset and angry to read what is happening in the Amazonian region of my country. It is reassuring to know that Britain is giving publicity to ill-treatment of Amazonian natives. I wish to take your newspapers to Brasil, share them with others, and have satisfaction in feeling…

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Rediscovering our love for nature

Nature is in trouble – and her cries are largely falling on deaf ears. Yes, there are vast numbers fighting the good fight, being nature’s voice in this bizarre, worrying time. Inevitably, there are also vast numbers who aren’t, can’t, won’t… Those who need a little more encouragement to the idea that nature is essential, utterly wonderful – and in danger. In my little sphere, this is what I am trying to do. I’m a zoologist and science communicator, trying to bring nature to new audiences in fun and haphazard ways. A big fan of celebrating the wildlife on…

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Don’t lose your voice

Have you heard this said before? ‘Global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear – as far as I understand the science – is equally without foundation.’ That is the view of a resident in No.10 Downing Street. Yes, the British Prime Minister uttered those words in 2015, and now he is representing this country on the world stage. Frightening, isn’t it? Frightening that Boris Johnson, alongside his good friend who claims that this climate emergency business is just a hoax, are among the…

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Showbiz: cleaning up the act

Having worked in the film industry for two years I’ve seen first-hand how wasteful it can be. Stars and crew jetting over the globe, poor waste management. Assistants sent off in diesel cars to the same supermarket three times a day. Set build materials being scrapped and thrown away. Sometimes not even making it into the show. And then there’s the food waste… Encouragingly, there is a hunger within the industry to do more to address the climate and ecological emergency, but the industry also seems focused on its own guilty downfalls, feeling ashamed and then crippled and unmotivated…

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THE SOUND OF PROTEST

“As I went walking that ribbon of highway/I saw above me the endless skyway/I saw below me that golden valley/This land was made for you and me.” These are the immortal words of Woody Guthrie, the grandfather of 20th century protest music. There’s no question that critical music contributes to periods of significant social change. Popular protest anthems have featured in most generations. The late 1950s to 1960s saw Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and many others rise to the fore of popular music. Although the songs that stuck in the zeitgeist largely refer to the Vietnam…

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Whistle-stop walks: Dent to Ribblehead, Leeds- Settle-Carlisle line

I alight at Dent station, at 1,150ft the highest in England. Up here even the names are short, as if to save breath. It’s from a lonely stop like this that I imagine Mary Lennox being driven in a carriage up into the moors to remote, mysterious Misselthwaite Manor in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden… “It’s just miles and miles and miles of wild land that nothing grows on but heather and gorse and broom, and nothing lives on but wild ponies and sheep.” Dent is the summit of the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. It was the railway barons’…

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