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Parcels not Pollution: Why Cargo bikes are the next Big Thing

Hammersmith council has a knack for catchy slogans like “brilliant for business”, but its latest buzz word for its zero-emissions cargo delivery service, “parcels, not pollution”, will get its residents breathing lungfuls of clean air and reduce the carbon footprint in this west London borough. Its Business Improvement District was recently awarded £50,000 funding from Transport for London (TfL) in the tie-up with e-cargobikes.com. The project aims to reduce traffic, ease congestion and improve air quality in Hammersmith’s town centre, notorious for its traffic snarl-ups around the A4 Hammersmith gyratory system and its King Street thoroughfare. Local businesses including Kings Mall Shopping Centre, Regus, the Ark building, and the Lyric theatre have already signed up to use the service. This will reduce the number of freight vehicles on the roads in Hammersmith, particularly at peak times. Goods will arrive at the e-cargobikes.com warehouse in Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill and deliveries will be made the same day they are received provided they are dispatched before 3pm, with no difference in the service to the customer and …

Climate Emergency: A Dystopian Future with a Dramatic End

The Financial Times and Chelsea’s Royal Court Theatre have collaborated to produce Climate Change: what do you want me to say? – a filmed monologue about the climate crisis. The nine-minute film, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Juliet Riddell from the FT, takes the form of a newscast from 2050. Featuring Nicola Walker, as newsreader, Climate Change: what do you want me to say? dramatically explores visions of both a dystopian and utopian future and raises questions about our planet’s climate emergency. It asks why it is taking the world so long to deal with it in the serious and urgent manner that is needed. Before writing Climate Change: what do you want me to say? Chris Thorpe and the Royal Court Theatre’s Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director) and Lucy Davies (Executive Producer) met with Financial Times journalists Pilita Clarke and Leslie Hook to discuss the climate crisis. Areas covered included looking at the role of news and how communications around global heating may not be helping actions needed now. Juliet Riddell, producer and director of …

What, No Likes? Instagram to End ‘Popularity Contest’

Instagram is removing the ‘likes’ count from posts in a trial across seven countries to “remove pressure” on users of the popular social media platform. It is a tacit acknowledgement of the negative effects social media behemoths — with over one billion users — like Instagram have on the wellbeing of its users. The beta trial which does not include the UK has been rolled out in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Instagram said in a statement: “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received. “We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The new initiative comes after research linked social media platforms, especially visual channels like Instagram to mental anxieties experienced by young people and influencers. Users’ status anxieties …

Too Many Drunk Cooks Spark Festive Fires

London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, has appealed to households in the capital to skip the cooking if they become too drunk: “I hate to be the Christmas Grinch but please avoid getting too tipsy while preparing the turkey and all the trimmings this Christmas. Alcohol and cooking are a dangerous recipe. “The most common Christmas cooking catastrophe is people coming home after they’ve been overdoing the  celebrations on  a night out and deciding to rustle up a quick snack. I’ve lost count of how many house fires I’ve attended where grills and pans have been left on while people fall asleep on the sofa, it’s much safer to pick up a take-away meal  instead.” London drinking statistics at a glance: Last year there were 165 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires The second highest number of alcohol-related cooking fires have been recorded in December (August is the highest) Firefighters have dealt with 994 alcohol-related accidental cooking fires over the past 5 years – that’s an average of 4 fires a week TOP TIPS …

Mayor Wants Carmakers to Cough up over Pollution

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is continuing to make cleaning London’s foul air his signature policy. He is calling on vehicle manufacturers to contribute to his Air Quality Fund over the negative effects their diesel vehicles have on air quality and public health in the capital. Khan has written to UK chiefs at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen urging them to take serious action on diesel emissions. The manufacturers have already contributed up to £223m to the German government’s ‘Sustainable Mobility Fund for Cities’ and the mayor is now urging them to take action in London and the UK. He has also written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, as part of his continued lobbying of central government to do more to tackle what he describes as the “biggest environmental public health crisis of a generation”. He is calling on the authorities to secure contributions from vehicle manufacturers on the same scale as the £24bn received from Volkswagen (including fines, compensation and other settlements) in the US and £223m from German car manufacturers …