Delivery company DPD has announced the roll-out of a major new air quality monitoring programme across 6 of the biggest cities in the UK.
Project BREATHE is live in London already with 100 mobile air quality sensors on the roof of DPD vans and 20 fixed units on DPD PickUp shops close to schools and play areas. By the end of May, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff will join the initiative, creating a network of over 400 sensors in total, delivering 1.5m pollution readings a day.
The sensors, which are the size of a broadband router, take readings every 12 seconds and are focused on the most critical health impactor, fine particles PM2.5 at breathing level, to provide real time data designed to help visualise the air quality issue and identify hotspots. M2.5 refers to dangerous particles of pollution that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter. At 1/20th the width of a human hair, they lodge deep in lung tissue and are linked to many diseases including cancer and asthma.
DPD has created a short film to illustrate how the project works, watch it below:
The video Voice of a River shows how one person’s actions can make lasting positive change. To mark Earth Day today, My Green Pod have joined forces with Citrix to create a short film that documents the life of activist Mark Dubois. In 1979, Mark chained himself to a rock behind New Melones Dam in the USA’s Stanislaus River Canyon and threw away the key. This was no empty gesture: if the Army Corps of Engineers continued to fill the reservoir, Mark would drown.
Mark Dubois lost his battle to save his beloved local river, but his actions resulted in many other rivers being saved from being dammed both in the USA and across the world.
Anyone who shares this video with three friends on either Facebook, Instagram & Twitter will be entered into a prize draw; the winner will have 500 trees planted in their name and a certificate to prove it! The winner will be announced on 29 April. A special Earth Day issue of My Green Pod Magazine will be distributed with the Guardian on 22 April. It will also be available free of charge on the My Green Pod website here: www.mygreenpod.com/magazine
Tata Steel is transforming its Corby steel tube making site in the English East Midlands claiming sustainability will be at at its heart.
Work has started at the 150-acre site which manufactures products for everything from sports stadium and skyscrapers - such as the Shard in London - to hospital beds and renewable green energy schemes around the world. Workers at the site produce steel tube products from steel made at the company's Port Talbot works. Now manufacturing processes on the site will be brought closer together as part of the £25 million scheme.
Chairman of Tata Steel UK Ltd, Sandip Biswas, said: "Steel is, and will continue to be, an essential part of the UK's plans to decarbonise for the future. We need to ensure we are able to make and supply the products right here in the UK which will help transition to a net-zero future."
Tata claim sustainability is at the core of the improvements with material from old concrete floors being recycled on site to help create the sub-base for the warehouse. And the relocation of the RHS and CFM processes will see improved efficiency and reduced energy consumption.
See below a time-lapse video, as manufacturing processes on the site will be brought closer together as part of a £25 million scheme.
Greta Thunberg's Fridays For Future campaign have released a satirical tourism ad for Mars in the light of recent developments.
It excites viewers about the prospect of escaping to the Red Planet but has a call-to-action, with the line: "And for the 99% of humans who will stay on Earth, we'd better fix climate change." View it below:
Dr. Martin Kiszko believes that eco-laughs will play a major role in nurturing the future greenies of the world!
Often dubbed the UK's Green Poet, he is an English composer, musicologist and avid environmentalist, Martin has composed 160 wildlife film scores and worked with environmentalists like Sir David Attenborough, Desmond Morris and Edward Williams. He is the author and the mind behind Green Poems for a Blue Planet show and campaign 'Saving the Planet through the Power of Poetry.' View his Aesthetes of Sustainability in this video:
Beavers Without Borders, a short film from the charity Beaver Trust, explores the benefits and challenges of reintroducing beavers to Britain's landscapes. It hopes the documentary will appeal to a wide audience and promote discussions around ensuring a better future for the species.
Beavers Without Borders follows science communicator Sophie Pavelle on a journey around Britain's beaver reintroduction sites – hearing from farmers, anglers, scientists and conservationists about the issues, the importance of community support, and how we might learn to live alongside beavers again.
It highlights how beavers are superb ecosystem engineers, with their small dams creating nature-rich wetlands that support wildlife, absorb carbon dioxide, reduce flooding, and improve water quality. But the animals can have localised impacts on agricultural land too.
Now back in Britain after being hunted to extinction over four centuries ago for their meat, fur and oil, beavers remain at risk as a wild species.
Beaver Trust says the Government's national strategy and funding to protect and manage wild beavers should be informed by the lessons learnt by people involved in or affected by reintroductions.
Watch the short 16 minute documentary below:
New technologies using 'Environmental DNA' or 'e-DNA' are set to become part of routine ecological surveys that help monitor the health of our waterways. Find out how it works from this short cartoon 'lego-like' video from The Environment Agency.
Since 2018 and up to date this month, 43 critically rare hen harriers have been confirmed killed or missing in the UK. Campaign group Wildjustice are calling on the UK Government to take urgent action now to protect the wildlife and habitats of our uplands, for nature and for people.
Hen Harrier Days celebrate one of the UK’s most beautiful, charismatic – and now rare – birds. They are also an occasion to raise voices against the main reason for that rarity – illegal persecution. They are a symbol also for wider problems in our uplands.
Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Hen Harrier Day has this year become a virtual event. Take a look at the youtube video recording of the day below, presented by TV nature personalities Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. It has lots about the hen harrier and its conservation, and also includes new film of the birds, song, science, poetry, art, cartoons, children's stories and poems, young naturalists' videos and much more.
Take a look at the ravenous eating of these white stork chicks in the video at the end of this article! Born at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside in the same May week as the first wild stork chicks to hatch in the UK in 600 years, the five chicks are the offspring of two different sets of parents at Knowsley Safari, which cares for and breeds birds in partnership with ornithology experts Gauntlet Birds of Prey.
The wild storks meanwhile hatched in mid May at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, the first time since 606 years that storks have hatched in the wild in Britain. The Knepp Estate has dedicated its many acres to a rewilding project, including being part of the UK's White Stork Project.
Graham Bessant, owner and founder of Gauntlet who work with Knowsley Safari said: “We’re currently caring for them until they can safely fend for themselves, at which point they will settle into their home at Knowsley Safari in the company of their 14-strong white stork family. During these uncertain times of coronavirus and the lockdown, it has been a delight to see these remarkable birds continue to recover from centuries of hunting and a loss of habitat, and breed successsfuly both in the wild and within Knowsley Safari’s incredible environment.
“All five storks are now fully grown, gaining muscle and strength daily and doing very well indeed. All but one have taken to the sky with the fifth preparing to take the plunge any day now! They’re currently undergoing their basic training at Gauntlet’s base in Knutsford, learning their call signs so that they can return home safely whenever they spread their wings. If all goes well the first storks will be joining their Knowsley Safari family in September."
The chicks have daily weigh-ins before and after their feeds, which helps monitor the species’ extreme growth process - on average, each chick gains a staggering 3.5oz in weight per day. Feasting on a diet of chicken, mice, quail and fish like sprat, each stork will weigh approximately 6-7.5 lbs and measure 100-115 cm high when fully matured – as high as an average five year-old child!
Take a look at the video below and you can see why!
For years, hundreds of North Korean fishing boats have been washing up on the shores of Japan with dead fishermen in them. How and why the boats ended up there was a mystery. A NBC News investigation may have the answer: They believe China is sending a previously invisible armada of industrial boats to illegally fish in North Korean waters, violently displacing smaller North Korean boats.