What we learned this week

  • . If we all had beards, we’d save £320 million a year in the UK, and keep millions of razor blades out of landfill. Henceforth let it be known that mine is a caring environmental beard, and not a result of laziness on my part.
  • Speaking of throwing things away, the Chinese throw away an impressive 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year, says Thomas Friedman in his book ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’.
  • Southerners are more likely to order bottled water at a restaurant than northerners, . No surprises there then.
  • Shell has decided , not solar. If an oppressive and corrupt oil industry is replaced by oppressive and corrupt agribusiness, we will have gained nothing. We drive too much to make biofuels a workable solution, and people will starve as we burn food to drive to the supermarket.

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