Category: Environment


Quake recorded in west of Scotland.

A small earthquake has hit the west of Scotland, the British Geological Survey said.

The quake measured 3.5 on the Richter scale and was recorded in Glenuig, west of Fort William, at 6.02am on Sunday.

It was felt in Skye, Mull, Inverness and Oban and is the largest earthquake recorded in the area since January 2008, when a tremor of the same magnitude was recorded near Glenfinnan.

The survey said such an earthquake can be felt as far as 120 km away. One person reported being awoken by “noise and vibration” during the quake.

Glenuig is a remote village of around 30 residents in Moidart, west Lochaber. Until the mid-1960s the community could only be reached by foot or by boat.

A quake of 3.5 is classed as minor and no one reported any damage in the area after it happened.

Northern England has been shaken by two earthquakes in recent weeks. One measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale struck near Ripon, North Yorkshire, on January 3 and was felt as far afield as West Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear and Cumbria.

The rumble came after a quake of magnitude 3.5 which hit Coniston in the Lake District on December 21.

Steve MacFarlane, director of the Glenuig Inn, said he was awoken by the tremor which he says created a crack in the hotel’s car park.

He said: “I thought I was having a dream. I woke up and the dog woke up but then I went back to sleep. When I got up later I had a Google alert telling me there had been an earthquake.”


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‘The mystery of mass bird deaths’ –


Date: 3rd January, 2011.


Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 birds to fall dead from the sky over a small town in the US state of Arkansas.

The birds began dropping over the town of Beebe just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Various reasons for the mystery deaths have been put forward.

Date: 5th January, 2011.


Tests are being carried out on about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings found dead in the US state of Louisiana.

It happened just a few days after some 3,000 blackbirds fell to Earth in neighbouring Arkansas in the small town of Beebe.

Several scientific explanations as well as conspiracy theories have been put forward to explain what may have happened.

Date: 6th January, 2011


A number of birds have been found dead in the Swedish city of Falkoping, leaving authorities puzzled.

This comes days after thousands of birds mysteriously fell to their deaths in the US state of Arkansas.

Veterinary officials said that the case in Falkoeping was rare and cited a number of reasons for the sudden deaths such as “disease or poisoning”.

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‘The Core’ movie (2003)

Here is a scene from the movie ‘The Core’, where the London pigeons suddenly go wild, as a result of a change in the Earth’s magnetic field…

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Earthquake hits North Yorkshire


Epicentre of 3.6 magnitude quake was in the Yorkshire Dales with effects being felt as far away as Sunderland.

The second small earthquake to strike northern England in a fortnight was being investigated by scientists last night.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed a 3.6-magnitude quake had struck Yorkshire although the tremor was also felt as far afield as Cumbria, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear.

The organisation’s seismology project leader, Dr Brian Baptie, told Sky News: “We believe the earthquake was centred in North Yorkshire, just west of Ripon, round about the Yorkshire Dales region.” He said the tremor measured 3.6.

Dr Aoife O’Mongain, also from the BGS, told the Press Association that the epicentre of the quake was six miles west of Ripon with a depth of almost four miles.

“It would have only lasted for a couple of seconds,” she said. “At that strength, it is not likely that it would have caused any damage. People living in the vicinity may have felt their windows rattling as if a lorry was going past.”

David Jones, who lives outside Skipton, told BBC News: “I was downstairs and our heavy cast iron wood stove rattled quite loudly for about five seconds. My wife upstairs said wardrobe doors were also rattling … I have felt a couple of earthquakes in other parts of the world from time to time so I was fairly certain what it was as soon as I felt it.”

Damian Boddy said he felt the quake in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. “The house shook as if a door slammed – I thought it was burglars until we checked online news.”

Chris Allinson, 17, rushed outside when the quake hit his home in Ripon. The teenager, studying photography and business studies A-levels at Giggleswick school, said: “I was sat on the floor watching TV with my family when I heard a loud rumbling like the sound of a big tractor passing the house outside. Things started shaking and the dogs started barking.

“It got louder and louder and I jumped up to get outside. Then there was just this rush of sound like a snowdrift falling from a tiled roof and, after that, silence. We stood outside and stared at each other.”

Staff at the Swinton Park Hotel in Masham, 10 miles from the epicentre, felt the earth move. One 27-year-old man who did not wish to be named said there were two quakes.

“The first lasted three seconds or so and rattled everything on the shelves.

“Seconds later there was a second quake, shorter this time. I thought, ‘That was an earthquake’, but then thought it could not have been – you don’t get earthquakes in Yorkshire …

“I used to live in California and I got quite used to quakes when I was there. We’d have them almost every day. This was pretty small by Californian standards but pretty strange for up here.”

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Coniston in Cumbria just before 11pm on 21 December. There have been nine tremors in and around the British Isles in the last month.

Other recent UK quakes include one in February 2008, when a major tremor centred on Lincolnshire shook much of the UK, causing damage to buildings and leaving at least one person injured. The tremor, measuring 5.2, struck at around 1am on 27 February at Market Rasen.

In Folkestone, Kent, in April 2007 several homes were damaged after a tremor measuring 4.3.

Note: Please click here to see the article/links about last year’s earthquake in Dudley, UK.



Wikipedia description: The Secret Life of Plants (1973)

The Secret Life of Plants is a book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, described as “A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man.”

The book explores the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. Recent research has been interpreted as suggesting that plants may in fact ‘remember’], but this interpretation has been disputed. This sentience has purportedly been observed through changes in plants’ conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. The book also contains a summary of Goethe’s theory of plant metamorphosis. The book delves deeply into such unconventional topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and (more conventionally) the history of science.

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The No To Tesco in Stokes Croft Rally ended with a disappointing verdict yesterday as the council members voted to allow Tesco to proceed to the next stage of development of their new store on Cheltenham Road. The message was clearly received by all those who attended the meeting; ‘It may be your community, but we make the rules.’

The Stokes Croft community’s spirit may have been dampened by yesterdays’ result, but the passion, resolve and conviction of those involved with this issue will surely be strengthened by the experience.

I wonder if any of the of the council members are Common Purpose trained?

(More to follow…)


Date: Image: bristol_evening_postThursday, September 23, 2010, 07:00

CAMPAIGNERS against Tesco’s move into Cheltenham Road are calling for a judicial review after the latest set of plans for the store were approved.

More than 200 protesters packed into the Council House yesterday to oppose the supermarket’s plans for the former Jester’s Comedy Club.

Tesco already has permission to open an Express store but wanted approval for three applications – for changes to the shop front, new signs, and machinery related to the store at the back.

But a seven-month campaign by residents and thousands of objections weren’t enough to stop the supermarket getting approval for two of the three proposals, with the third only being deferred rather than refused.

The debate and public statements took three hours before councillors made a decision, to shouts of “shame” from the audience.

Council officers had recommended approval, dismissing many of the objections as not being on planning grounds because they objected on principle.

But Claire Milne, of the No to Tesco in Stokes Croft campaign, submitted a 37-page report that addressed a wide range of planning issues with the three applications.

She said: “The council’s community involvement statement says that any developer must work with the community to assess the impact.

“This site is clearly sensitive given the Stokes Croft Plan, which says care should be taken not to supplant smaller retailers with larger supermarkets. Tesco has ignored this community.”

Alban Henderson of Tesco’s planning agents GL Hearn spoke on behalf of the company. He reminded councillors that officers had recommended approval and said a number of issues raised by campaigners were not relevant to these proposals.

Committee members discussed the application for two hours and all raised concerns about the plans.

Councillor Mark Weston (Conservative, Henbury) said he was concerned about the lack of detail about the amount of noise the store would make, and felt the design of the proposed shop front was not in keeping with a more traditional look.

Officers told the committee the Stokes Croft Gateway Project, an action plan devised in 2006 to help regenerate the area, was not applicable to the application as it had no force in planning law. They also said noise issues could be addressed by conditions.

The committee voted by five to three in favour of the shop front and sign applications, subject to a number of design changes. The plant application was put off so Tesco could produce a noise report.

“It’s disgusting,” added Ms Milne. “We’ll take it to a judicial review.”

If you’re someone who has made to switch to energy efficient light bulbs in your home, you may have felt  the change benefit your environmental conscience but how is this new technology affecting you or your family’s health? Here’s a clip that adequately covers that subject…

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Be Green by Geeta Nadkarni of CBC Montreal

Can you help?

If you live in Bristol, we need your help as Tesco are trying to open yet another store in Stokes Croft. This is an area with serious street drinking problems and local traders have agreed not to sell cheap, strong cider to ease the problem – cheap Tesco alcohol would exacerbate existing problems.

For more information about this please visit the ‘No to Tesco in Stokes Croft’ blog:

Can we grow architecture?

Below is a link to a facinating website regarding growing architecture. There are some really amazing photos – check it out!

The Bristol Wood Recycling Project was set up by  Ben Moss and Nicola Padden in the summer of 2003 – an environmental project, working with volunteers to save resources. For more information, please visit their site:

There’s got to be more to life than carbon footprints, climate change and peak oil. The new design for society many of us want shouldn’t just be better for the environment, it should be a shedload more fun into the bargain. As Emma Goldman, a hugely influential early 20th-century political philosopher and activist, once said: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

If life doesn’t inspire me to get up and do a little Irish jig every morning before breakfast, what the hell is the point of it?

Living without money and having a great time are by no means mutually exclusive. If anything, it wasn’t until I gave up using money in November 2008 that I started to really enjoy life, not just two-sevenths of it. In hindsight, my old Groundhog Weekend was incredibly boring – mundanely going for a few drinks to the pub, a nice restaurant or to see a movie at the cinema. Worse still, spending 3.8 hours of each precious day – or an entire 11 years of my time on this planet – watching TV. Where’s the adventure in any of that?

Necessity really is the mother of invention. Instead of going for a pint, why not make your own booze? Organise a day out with friends foraging wild apples for cider – any variety will do – but the sweeter the better (Jonagolds and Red Delicious are perfect). Ideally find some windfalls, as these have natural yeasts already on them, meaning that apples are the only ingredient you’ll need. If you see any neighbours with unused apple trees, don’t be afraid to ask if you can do the work for them; you can always surprise them with a share once its made. Alternatively, grow your own hops, check out some recipes on Self-sufficientish, and forage your own flavourings (such as yarrow) before brewing your own beer.

Now you’ve got your alcohol supply, you’re going to want to party. Anyone can organise a house party, but these often just end up pissing off the neighbours. Getting them involved is a much better idea, and instead of making sworn enemies you’ll make a load of friends.

One of my favourite organisations for this are Streetsalive, who will guide you through the process of organising the mother of all street parties, and can often even help you to get your council to agree to close your road for the day.

Being moneyless in the winter can seem really unappealing to most people, I admit, but you’d have to be bonkers to at least not try it – even for a week – in the summer. Long evenings walking in the woods, camping by the beach at the weekend, cooking food al fresco that you’ve grown and picked yourself, cycling, playing – or listening to – acoustic music by a camp fire, wandering in the wilds foraging berries and nuts, skinny-dipping in the lake and sleeping under the stars.

If you like art, there are always free exhibitions in and around big towns and cities. Some even have a free bar – this doesn’t fit in with the philosophy of the Freeconomy community, however, so go easy on it. If movies are more your thing, there really is no need to go to the cinema (except to watch mindless Hollywood crap). I live near Bristol and there are constantly free films night showing online movies such as Money as Debt or Earthlings. If they aren’t happening where you live, why not organise one yourself? They’re a great way of sharing information and getting like-minded people together.

Music is my thing, so I often go along to free open-mic nights at a local venue. These events are not just great entertainment but a wonderful way to support new local talent playing acoustic music. If you are even slightly musically-gifted, work up the courage and get on stage yourself.

And instead of watching the TV, turn off the light, stick on a few beeswax candles (from local bees, of course, who haven’t been fed sugar), and fritter the hours away making love. It increases your health, will strengthen your relationship and is infinitely more pleasurable than EastEnders. If you’re single, abandon fear and ask the one you’ve got your eye on to come out for a wild food forage. Who cares if you don’t know your ramsons from your rosehips, you’ll have them exactly where you want them: in the bush.

So if you were thinking of doing something nice and comfortable this weekend, shame on you. Put your credit card away (better still, cut it up), dust off your tent, get on your bike and go and put the adventure back in your life.

• Mark Boyle is the founder of the Freeconomy Community and has lived moneyless for the last 19 months. His book, The Moneyless Man, is out now, published by Oneworld – sales from the book will go to a charitable trust for the Freeconomy Community.

As the threat of a global economic meltdown continuously looms, what’s it like to live without money? Clearly the little comforts of life have to go, but does it result in a more satisfying way of living? (ie: giving you more time to do the things you like to etc).

Below are a collection of videos from people who have made the transition to a life without currency.

More to follow…

Dr. Albert A. Bartlett presents his lecture on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.”

This is a question I’d really like to get some feedback on, not just to do with my local community but communities globally. How can we restore or strengthen people’s relationship to one an another and in turn prepare for a future where abundance gives way to scarcity?

What are your thoughts?

For more information, please visit RedIceCreations for an interview with Jaques Fresco:

The film ‘Collapse’ is an interview with Michael Ruppert and can be viewed at

Click here to watch the movie

Here’s a clip illustrating the ‘Growing Earth Theory’

The TED Talks are involved in entertaining new ideas and presenting new solutions. There are some facinating talks available, most of which can be found via YouTube but take a look at their website to get an overview.

We are all aware of the problems facing our environment at the moment and in the future. This is a clip of Willie Smits presenting a solution and in turn, hope for the future . Very inspiring stuff…

Paul Stamets gives this presentation outlining six solutions to help save our natural environment. They’re the sort of solutions that really feel as if they could regenerate this planet.