What we learned this week

  • Growing a beard helps the planet. 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, instead of tap water. No surprises there then.
  • Shell has decided the future is biofuels, 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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