Houston’s hit-and-run problem: ghost bikes honour ‘invisible dead’ cyclists

1, 700 cyclists have been hit by autoes and trucks in four years, with one in four drivers failing to stop. Personalised ghost motorcycles are an effort to show people noticed when someone was killed and give their families some closure Its always the same tale, says Steve Sims, who runs Houstons Ghost Bike strategy […]

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The 20 photographs of the week

Pollution in China, Europes refugee crisis, the aftermath of Storm Desmond the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Read more: www.theguardian.com

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Chinese dispose hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant heaps

It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users merely want to ride and dump It has been billed as a hi-tech bike-sharing boom that entrepreneurs hope will construct them rich while simultaneously transforming Chinas traffic-clogged cities. But, occasionally, dreamings can turn sour. In the southern Chinese city of […]

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Soil carbon storage not the climate change fixing it was thought, research detects

Soils potential to soak up planet-warning carbon dioxide emissions has been overestimated by as much as 40%, tell scientists Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide could be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the coming century than […]

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This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back

The long read: Small islands have always been objects of passion for a certain kind of man ambitious to regulation his own tiny nation. But the Republic of Eigg has gone its own way ” It’s the difference between black-and-white Tv and colour ,” told Brian Greene.” That’s what it was like after the revolution […]

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Fishing for krill is an eco-disaster: “were supposed to” protect the Antarctic | Chris Packham

These crustaceans are tiny but play a crucial role in restriction climate change. An ocean sanctuary would safeguard them, writes nature expert Chris Packham What’s small, pink, and can be seen from space? The answer depends on your perspective. To the whales, seals and penguins of the Antarctic: it’s dinner. To you and me: it’s […]

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High-vis, low-conflict: Kampala gets its first Critical Mass cycle ride

Ugandas first ever Critical Mass is missing the air of protest normally found in Europe or the US. This may be for the best in a country where disagreement is oftens quashed with rubber bullets and tear gas City Cycling the city High-vis, low-conflict: Kampala gets its first Critical Mass cycle ride Uganda’s first ever […]

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How millions of trees brought a broken scenery back to life

After 25 years, the decision to site the National Forest amid derelict coal and quarry runs has borne spectacular fruit Twenty-five years ago, the Midlands villages of Moira, Donisthorpe and Overseal overlooked a gruesome scenery. The communities were surrounded by opencast mines, old clay quarries, spoil heaps, derelict coal functionings, polluted waterways and all the […]

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