What we learned this week

  • The average British person has 3,370 cubic feet of stuff crammed into their home, twice as much as we had 30 years ago.
  • Last week I posted the Robin Hood Tax website, which has a running poll on whether or not people agree with the idea. In proof that such a tax is required, a Goldman Sachs employee has allegedly spammed the poll with thousands of ‘no’ votes.
  • Washington DC has its own alternative currency. The Potomac was launched in May last year. It doesn’t seem to have taken off yet, but since alternative and local money makes more sense with every passing month, perhaps we might see Michelle Obama buying some local produce with them sometime soon.
  • Britain is one of the least forested countries in Europe, and re-planting woodland may be a useful strategy in reducing our impact on the climate, according to the Forestry Commission.

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