Archive

Author Archive

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Produced from the Ecofining™ process, Honeywell Green Diesel meets or exceeds the most rigorous diesel performance standards, and can be made from a variety of sustainable feedstocks.

This super fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions and offers improved performance over biodiesel and petroleum diesel, with many other key advantages:

UOP Russell Map

Watch Honeywell Green Diesel Overview

  • Pure drop-in fuel that can be blended in any proportion with petroleum fuel; suitable as a blending component for EN590 or ASTM 975 diesel
  • The high cetane and low density of Honeywell Green Diesel can enhance your diesel pool’s performance characteristics
  • Requires no changes to fuel infrastructure or vehicle technology
  • Up to 85% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum fuel, based on UOP’s lifecycle analysis; ultra-low sulfur, low NOx emissions
  • Excellent performance at both cold and warm temperatures
  • Stable, not oxygenated
Advertisements

September 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Scottish consumers will pay a small deposit for plastic and glass bottles, which can be refunded upon return to a shop. The scheme will mirror parallel deposit return projects in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, where recycling rates of containers are now above 95%.

The Scottish Government commissioned Zero Waste Scotland to investigate design options for a deposit return scheme in June. Evidence gathered from 63 respondents such as Coca-Cola and Diageo showed numerous benefits of running such a system, including net savings of £5m a year from reduced kerbside litter.

The announcement was greeted positively by environmental groups, with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) calling it a “momentous step” towards a cleaner environment.

“Deposit return systems are easy to use and recapture valuable materials,” CPRE litter programme director Samantha Harding said. “There is little doubt the system will prove a triumph in Scotland, and it paves the way for the rest of the UK.”

Echoing these views, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government is showing national leadership with plans for deposit scheme for plastic bottles. It shows encouraging and progressive leadership in reducing waste and litter.

“Suez backs UK wide bottle return schemes – it makes not just environmental sense but, importantly, economic sense too – putting pounds in the pockets of both households and business through reduced waste disposal costs and reduced need to buy virgin raw materials.”

But the scheme has not been universally welcomed. The makers of Irn Bru, AG Barr, have warned that the country would be subject to fraud as well as potentially reverse household recycling rates.

“On a small-scale we could see people scavenging in bins for containers, as is the US experience,” AG Barr said. “On a medium-scale there is potential for local authority amenity centre looting. On a larger-scale there is the very real possibility of cross-border trafficking of deposit-bearing containers.”

Will rest of the UK follow suit?

As coverage of plastic waste has grown, driven by fresh CSR campaigns from the likes of Sky, so have discussions about the UK’s willingness to tackle the issue head on. The UK’s recycling rates for plastic bottles are flatlining at 57%, while other European nations are recording recycling rates for bottles at 98%.

Recent research from the Green Alliance suggests that incorporating reverse vending as part of a wider return deposit scheme in the UK could reduce one third of plastic seeping into the oceans.

Even bottlers are starting to warm to the idea. Drinks giant Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, after previously claiming that it did not reduce packaging use or improve recyclability.

However, the UK market for deposit schemes is in its infancy, with businesses and politicians looking at alternatives – such as water refill stations or outright bans on plastic bottles instead.

Defra explored the potential of a deposit scheme as far back as 2008, but suggested that alternative schemes can achieve the same outcomes at a lower cost. The lack of political desire could be shifting, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove calling on the Government to introduce a deposit scheme “as soon as possible”.

A 2010 study by Bristol-based consultants Eunomia found that that a deposit scheme would cost £84m to introduce, £700m to run each year and would generate £160m in savings for local authorities. Additional benefits of the deposit scheme were claimed to reach £1.2bn for the UK economy.

The question is what does the Scottish Government do with what we already recycle. Again they are going for the consumer to pay extra instead of going for the retailer. They should be forcing retailers to do more. But again they are scared of upsetting big business for fear of losing their backing support. People will just stop buying if they have to pay more which will affect retail. Also why should we not get reduced council tax or recycling.

September 21, 2017 Leave a comment

An unlicensed “veterinarian” has been performing crude surgeries to de-bark dogs on the streets of Chengdu, China. In a now-viral video, the man stretches the dogs’ jaws open with string, and uses bloodied pliers and a scalpel to slice through their vocal cords.

The tools are not sterilized between dogs, and the ground is littered with bloody cotton wads and hypodermic needles, used to administer a shot that knocks the dogs out cold before their cords are cut.

The procedure — performed in the open air at a flower and bird market — is not only unhygienic for humans and animals, but can cause blood loss and problems breathing and swallowing for the dogs. Still, dog owners have been lining up to pay 50 to 100 yuan (about 7 to 15 USD) to mute “bothersome” barking.

Since the video went viral, local officials have opened an investigation and ordered the man away from the market. Sign the petition to urge officials to file charges, and to stop this man and anyone else from performing cruel procedures like this again.

September 21, 2017 Leave a comment

The Verbist slaughterhouse in Izegem, Belgium was shut down by animal welfare minster Ben Weyts on Tuesday after video footage was released showing brutal abuse against cattle. The video was captured by the animal welfare group Animal Rights, who operate in both the Netherlands and Belgium.

The footage reveals haunting violations, including cattle being suspended and having their throats cut while conscious, being slaughtered in front of other, live cattle, causing panic and fear amongst them, and improper and illegal stunning methods. The slaughterhouse also failed to meet infrastructure standards.

September 21, 2017 Leave a comment

The winner of BP’s annual Young Artist Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London has donated 1/7 of his winnings to Greenpeace as a symbolic act of dissent.

The artist, Henry Christian-Slane, won £7,000 in prize money from the oil giant but decided to donate some of his winnings to the prominent environmental group because he felt “very uncomfortable with the idea that the portrait award was being used to improve BPs image.”

All oil and gas operations are destructive and have lasting impacts on land and ecosystems. They disturb the ground surface, fragment habitats, and strip the environment of vegetation. Oil spills on land and offshore are all too common and are intensely harmful to human and nonhuman animals. 

But BP leads the pack of fossil fuel companies– it has a worse environmental record than other major oil companies. From the 2005 Alaska North Slope leak when 260,000 gallons of oil leaked from a BP pipeline to the Deepwater Horizon Spill, the worst environmental disaster in US history— BP is a company desperate for some PR wins.

Sponsoring art competitions and museum exhibits used to be a go-to for fossil fuel extraction companies. They could throw a comparably small amount of money to an arts institution and have their name on an exhibit or contest.

But advocacy from groups like Art Not Oil, as well as actions like Henry Christian-Sane’s, have drawn attention and opposition to cultural institutions and workers taking money from BP and other oil companies. Arts funding is constantly being cut and cultural institutions struggle with tight budgets—but settling for scraps from oil companies is misguided. In the UK for instance, Oil Change International points out that the government pays over £200 million of public money to BP in the form of tax breaks and subsidies. BP keeps most of this and then gives an incredibly small bit to cultural institutions.

Fossil fuel companies get PR from “sponsorships” for a minimal expense and with these donations obtain social capital, good standing, and control or influence over cultural institutions.

It’s a rotten deal and one that needs to be put in the spotlight– this artist’s action does just that. 

Compassion in world farming

September 20, 2017 Leave a comment

The legal status of British animals as sentient beings is still under threat.In August, the UK government confirmed, directly to us, that they do not intend to amend the Repeal Bill. When they convert EU law into UK law, they are determined to ignore Article 13 of the EU Treaty – which serves to acknowledge that animals can feel pain, suffer and experience joy:

“This obligation will not be preserved by the EU (Withdrawal Bill); which delivers our promise to end the supremacy of EU law in the UK.”

– Defra Under Secretary of State, Lord Gardiner, August 2017

Parliament returned from their summer recess two weeks ago, and the Repeal Bill has now moved to the Committee Stage where it will be discussed in detail. There is still time to put things right – but we must act fast.

If you can, please commit to a monthly gift to Compassion today. Help fight factory farming and make sure all of the progress for British farm animals is not undone.

The petition in defence of Article 13 has now hit over 75,000 signatures – and we’ll be taking these messages directly to Defra. But there is still time to do more.

With your help we will lobby the Defra Secretary of State (Michael Gove) and his Ministers. We will step up our work to persuade individual MPs to put forward an amendment to the Repeal Bill. We will reach out through the press – and online – until we’ve proven the case for Article 13 through public support alone.

Animals can feel pain. Animals can feel joy. The sentience of animals must not be ignored.

ADI emergency appeal 

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Flood-Banner.jpgA state of emergency has been declared in many parts of Peru, where devastating flash floods have left thousands homeless and taken human lives. 

Animals are in danger and suffering too. We have an ADI crisis response team on the ground, tending to those caught in the deadly flood zones with veterinary care and food, donating their time to save animals. 

ADI is sending funds to help feed street animals impacted by the crisis. PLEASE DONATE TODAY

With further flooding predicted WE NEED YOUR HELP – so they can weather the storm.

ADI’s rescued animals are safe. The 50+ animals in ADI’s care in Peru, including bears Cholita, Dominga, Lucho and Sabina, Pepe, Zumba and the other monkeys are all safe. Their sanctuary homes are located in areas away from the flooding. 

Please help those in peril, with a donation today. We are stretching ourselves to the limits again, and hope you can stand with us. Thank you. 

Yours for the animals