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Pollution, waste, resource scarcity and price volatility, deforestation, polar ice loss, biodiversity loss, abuse of humans, corporate malpractice, loss of the wilds, the collapse in bee populations, and the tragedy of the commons.

First, it was global warming (1983) which all sounded rather pleasant on a cold, wet and windy island in the north Atlantic. Then it was climate change, which is a truism as the climate changes constantly. We then added anthropogenic (Greek: pertaining to man) to make the cause more specific and some people feel clever and others confused. What’s wrong with ‘human-caused’?

Most recently, we were told to “act on CO2” – forgetting methane, nitrous oxide and the many other pollutants and gases that poison the air we breathe and the land and sea that feeds us.

But CO2 is our friend isn’t it? Plants need it, don’t they? Most of us vaguely remember something from our school days to do with the carbon cycle and photosynthesis. Isn’t the planet greening?

Click here to read The Guide to Climate Change 2013

Only 3% of GCSE exam sitters had studied chemistry in 2012, meaning 97% of the secondary school population only have a vague understanding of the science of CO2. Anecdotally, we are told that less than 1% of the population have a GCSE or equivalent in chemistry.

Cleantech is a horrible portmanteau (a combination of two words to create a new one), which sounds better as clean technology. Renewables is still a horrible neologism (new word – first cited 1971) when clean energy does what it says on the tin.

The campaign for plain English was founded in 1979 but the language of the climate debate remains abstract and complex. We need to connect the debate with real, often local effects and then appeal to common sense and reason.

The climate change science advocates clearly have a brand and message problem. We need to call the damage we are doing to the planet what it is.

The language we should use regularly with those who question the climate science

– Pollution: costing billions in health and degrading the lives of millions

– Waste: making areas of land toxic, polluting the water table and seas

– Resource scarcity and price volatility: meaning future generations will be deprived of the resources they need and the economic security our nation’s wealth has historically secured

– Deforestation: global forest cover will dwindle to 10% of their 19th century extent by 2030, taking with them thousands of species and increasing floods and losing a valuable natural carbon capture system

– Polar ice loss: meaning more sun will be absorbed into the dark seas, accelerating global warming. And did we mention rising sea levels?

– Biodiversity loss: in 2006 the UN reported that human are responsible for the worst rates of extinction since the dinosaurs. The slaughter of species continues unabated

– Abuse of humans: impossible to justify but acceptable to most institutional investors, fund managers, financial advisers and private investors who want a percentage

– Corporate malpractice: endemic and systemic from straightforward criminality and corruption to all of the above

– Loss of the wilds: we increasingly live in urban spaces and use the wilds as our waste bin. Desertification, deforestation and climate change al mean we all live in a narrower and narrower hospitable zone

– Collapse in bee populations: the humble bumblebee has been providing a billion-pound service to humanity for free and in return we have continued to wage chemical warfare against it through the use of pesticides

– Tragedy of the commons: the thought that we are depleting a shared resource for personal profit, which harms the long-term interest of the group.

Let’s not talk about carbon dioxide, global warming and climate change, unless it’s in the context of our recent Guide to Climate Change: Investment & Divestment.

Instead, let’s talk about the potentially irreversible harm we are doing to our planet and each other, and the incredible opportunity, both moral and as an investment, of putting things right.

Further reading:

Melting ice caps, deforestation and dead oceans

The six industries that are crucial to sustainable economic development

Obama sends strong climate change message to global counterparts in speech

The Guide to Climate Change 2013

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.


What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?




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A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

modern kitchen designs

This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

classic kitchen designs

With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

shaker kitchen designs

The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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