3,000 Ladybirds replacing pesticides in Canadian garden centre
A garden centre in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is using nature to control aphids in its greenhouses. Sheri Pringle and her staff have released more than 3,000 Ladybirds, which are merrily munching their way through upto 50 bugs a day each. The predators are being used as an alternative to pesticides as part of a drive by the Rupert Lawn and Garden to reduce their use.
Customers are being warned their may get a free insect with their purchase.
Sweden’s Lack of Electricity Capacity is Threatening Growth – Bloomberg
The fast growth of Sweden’s economy was powered in part by cheap energy. As the country moves to renewables and closes polluting power stations, demand is catching up with capacity. It means the country will have to start turning away major industries for fear of triggering brown-outs. A political solution doesn’t seem close.
This barber pays kids to read a book out loud during haircuts – CNN
Jon Escueta, the founder and owner of a barbershop in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, gives kids $3 to read aloud while they get their haircut. He says it helps them build both their reading skills and confidence.
The idea was born out of his own shyness as a child immigrating from the Philippines. He wanted to find a way to help kids build confidence, and hit on the idea of reading.
Although it’s an idea that’s helped build his brand and cement his position in the local community, he doesn’t want to keep it to himself. Other barbers are being encouraged to take up the idea.
Co-working spaces aim to halt Yorkshire’s ageing population problem
Grants are being awarded to small-scale co-working projects in Yorkshire aimed at the under 35s. Yorkshire has an ageing population and its getting older as young people move away. It’s hoped the schemes will encourage more freelancers and entrepreneurs to move to the area.
Large Hydro is back in the renewables mix in India
India has included large hydro projects in its definition of “renewable” energy, paving the way for more investments and projects. However, environmental concerns and their impact on local communities and ecosystems remains controversial in the country. Is this a positive move to de-carbonise India’s growing economy, or a political one designed to catch headlines?
Buying cheap “fake brands” is undermining sustainability
Buying “fake goods” can have a bigger impact than hurting a brand’s bottom line. Fjallraven Re-Kanken bag might come with a £70+ price tag, but it’s made from recycled materials. The fake one you buy on eBay that costs a fifth of the price doesn’t.
UK Shrimp found with banned pesticides & illegal drugs
Researchers at Kings College London have found trace amounts of cocaine and pesticides in shrimp caught in UK waters. The distribution of the drug was spread uniformly across the 15 sites analysed and was at levels too small to have an impact. In short, you won’t get high from eating them.
More worrying was the presence of pesticides that are banned in the UK. Although found at low levels, it’s perplexed researchers as they don’t know the source of the chemicals.
The effect on humans may be limited, but aquatic animals that feed on the animals could be exposed to cumulative doses that could affect growth and breeding rates.
Tackling loneliness in your local community
Loneliness is a growing problem that leads to people feeling isolated and has a big effect on their mental health. There are practical steps that can be taken in communities to reduce this effect, from organising gifting circles to creating neighbourhood workgroups. Shareable has 9 ideas that could benefit the lonely people in your area.
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