Ban “smart” motorways

Back in the ’90s when my three children were teenagers, we were driving on a motorway on our way to a festival. My wife and kids were singing along to a tape. The motorway was busy with August bank holiday traffic. Ahead of me on the hard shoulder was a lorry. Suddenly, without warning, theContinue reading “Ban “smart” motorways”

Democracy only works when citizens are involved.

The Government have announced that the local elections, postponed from May 2020, will go ahead this May. But due to the pandemic volunteers from political parties will not be able to distribute leaflets. They can, however, pay a delivery company to do this for them. This will give parties with rich individual or corporate backersContinue reading “Democracy only works when citizens are involved.”

What do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common?

(A letter to the Star and Telegraph) Football fans, what do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common? They are the 4 Premier League clubs who will be at risk of flooding every season within the next 3 decades. A report by the Rapid Transition Alliance found that a quarter of allContinue reading “What do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common?”

Bail out the planet

A letter to the Star in reply to Gary Speck It is a shame that Gary Speck of Millhouses does not recognise that Extinction Rebellion supporters may also currently be mourning the loss of loved ones, be risking their lives in front line jobs or wondering if they will still have a job when theContinue reading “Bail out the planet”

An open letter to the Sheffield Star. Time to take editorial control.

You must start exercising some editorial control over your letters page. Nearly every day you print yet another epistle from Neville Martin containing dangerous and extreme anti-science propaganda. His latest effort is a classic. He quotes the thoroughly debunked article “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide” by Arthur B Robinson which he claims isContinue reading “An open letter to the Sheffield Star. Time to take editorial control.”

Electric cars are not the answer

Climate change denier, conspiracy theorist and religious fundamentalist Neville Martin has, at last, made a sensible point! It is crazy to expect that we can replace all our petrol and diesel cars with electrics. For a start there just isn’t enough cobalt, lithium and nickel to build all the new batteries. The mining of theseContinue reading “Electric cars are not the answer”

Star missed a golden opportunity to educate readers about our overheating planet.

31st July 2019 Dear Editor Your front page on 26th July celebrated the hottest temperature recorded in Sheffield since 1882. It was treated as if 35.1 degrees C was to be warmly welcomed. It is in fact a dire warning of what is to come. The Star missed a golden opportunity to educate readers about our overheatingContinue reading “Star missed a golden opportunity to educate readers about our overheating planet.”

The Star must tell the truth about the Climate Emergency

Have you ever noticed a lump growing on your body? Maybe you’ve thought, it’s probably nothing, if I ignore it, it will go away. If you’ve been in that situation I sincerely hope you had a good friend who encouraged you to go to the doctors and get it checked out. Denial is a naturalContinue reading “The Star must tell the truth about the Climate Emergency”

The Star has broken the readers charter

Our argument is not with Neville Martin, who is entitled to his misinformed view, but with the Sheffield Star for publishing such an outrageous headline. If a reader writes to you claiming measles jabs cause autism, will you make that your headline? If Benson Hedges writes to you saying smoking is good for health, willContinue reading “The Star has broken the readers charter”