Environmental issues

Oil spilling out of a ship is threatening a Unesco World Heritage site in Solomon Islands as Australia sends help to clean up the mess
It’s not just the environment that is hurt by the effects of climate change – countries are hurt financially, too
The past five years have been, in total, the hottest on record, with 2018 the fourth-warmest since modern records began.
Local NGO criticises the government for ‘playing a numbers game’ with the targets.
Concrete is beautiful and versatile but, unfortunately, it ticks all the boxes in terms of environmental degradation, says Anthony Thistleton
The developing world is making great strides towards prosperity, but at what cost?
For developing nations, heavyweight construction projects are beneficial like a boxer putting on muscle. But for already mature economies, it is harmful like an aged athlete pumping ever stronger steroids to ever less effect.
The Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome show how strong concrete is. It is made from sand, small stones, water and clinker, a lime-based binder that has to be baked in very hot ovens.
Look around you. Notice how much concrete you see. Now read on . . .
Renaissance College started producing electricity using their own solar panels last Friday. A total of 32 large solar panels have been fitted to the roof of the school.