Should I stop cooking my own curries - mine are probably more authentic than the crap served up in most curry houses - but I don't want to offend anyone? Do these people have nothing else to worry about?
By One percent
One for @Hopeful
What caused the Saddleworth Moor fire? The immediate reason, of course, is the peculiarly hot and dry conditions of the past few weeks. But that may not be the end of the story. Some types of vegetation are much more susceptible to fire than others, and the kind that prevails on Saddleworth Moor was an accident waiting to happen, a human-made tinderbox.
As the environmental campaigner Guy Shrubsole says, the fire sites on the moor correlate closely with places managed for driven grouse shooting: the practice of sending large numbers of red grouse over the heads of people lying in shooting butts who pay – in some cases, thousands of pounds a day – for the privilege. In order to attract such fees, the moors are managed to maximise the number of grouse. This often involves draining boggy ground, and cutting and burning vegetation to maintain a monoculture of low heather. Such an artificial habitat often happens, as the Forestry Commission notes, to be highly susceptible to wildfires.
Were the moors not drained and cleared for grouse shooting, the ground would be wetter and the heather monoculture replaced by a far richer set of habitats, dominated by woodland.
surely, if the moors were allowed to become more boggy again and trees and shrubs were allowed to recollonate, (sp?), then it wouldn’t be moorland would it?
By Dave Bloke
Right wingers responsible for #fakenews claims leftie paper citing flawed research from leftie university.
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