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Friday, 2 February, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 2 Feb 07, 06:36 PM

chimneys_sunset203.jpgIPCC report analysis; and Ethical Man reveals the main culprit of greenhouse gas emissions.

Comment on Friday’s programme here.

Newsnight Review, 2 February, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 2 Feb 07, 05:41 PM

review_notes203.jpgOn this week's programme: Notes on A Scandal; Pinter's People, David Golder by Irene Nemirovsky; Citizens and Kings exhibition.

Charles Saumarez Smith, Stephanie Merritt, Sarfraz Manzoor and Michael Gove join Martha on tonight's Newsnight Review.

You can watch the programme back on the Review website and you can leave your comments on the work covered below.

Meet Daisy the cow – global climate’s enemy number one.

  • Newsnight
  • 2 Feb 07, 03:52 PM

justin_cow_203.jpgWhen I started to investigate the impact of food on the environment a month ago I thought I would find myself fretting over food miles. In fact transport is a tiny component of agriculture’s worldwide contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

No, the main culprit is out there in the fields, chewing her cud. It turns out that livestock – predominantly cattle – are responsible for an astonishing proportion of global warming gases - 18 per cent of the total, to be precise.

That’s right, almost a fifth of all emissions which is more greenhouse gas emissions than all the transport on earth – planes, trains, cars, skidoos the lot.

You’ll be wondering how I reach that staggering conclusion. Indeed, regular readers of this blog may be worried that my decision forgo flesh and become a vegan during January has fostered an irrational hatred of animals.

Not so. The research implicating Daisy and her bovine brothers and sisters in global warming is very well sourced. A good start is “Livestock’s Long Shadow”, a report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.

So why is the meat we eat so polluting?

Continue reading "Meet Daisy the cow – global climate’s enemy number one."

Cathay Craftz diary - 2 February

  • Newsnight
  • 2 Feb 07, 01:36 PM

mobiles_203.jpgHighlights of 1st February - we made our first sale! We delivered our first commission to Lisa Tse at Sweet Mandarin. It took a lot of hard work but it paid off because she was very impressed with the work. Lisa said she had told some of her contacts about us from as far away as Canada, New York and China! So, that's a £50 sale by our fourth day! It was good to be able to come back to the Academy and pay the money in to the Cathay Craftz account set up by the Finance Manager.

Things we've learned so far: Organisation is most important! We started off really enthusiastic about everything, and we probably weren't as focused as we could be. But to avoid last minute panics in future, we know we've got to change the way we organise the production of the products. Our workshop can look a bit chaotic, but everyone is working hard now. Mrs Delfino still hasn't let us get off lessons either, so we're doing most of this before and after school.

We've got a great team of volunteers (Prabhjot, Zhi Wen, Liam, Charlotte, Lauren, Jessica, Belinda, Kanwal, Firuza, Ka Yan and Catherine) and everyone is now trained in making at least one type of origami. This is turning into a real team effort and our team are from all different years in the Academy. The majority of the volunteers had never even made origami before so they're having to learn quickly as we go.

Friday's to do list includes meeting with our Principal to present prototypes of our range. She is thinking of giving us a big order to give as gifts at a conference that United Learning Trust (who sponsor our Academy) are hosting in March. She's hard to sell to though and we know we have to impress her. We're also trying to get our production team working quicker because one week of the challenge month is half term holiday, so we've got to make the most of the time we've got. We've also put a display in our staffroom and so we're waiting for the teachers' orders to (hopefully!) start rolling in.

Jamie, Marcelle, Yahui and Yidan

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