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High ideals: 6Greenpeace women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO)

High ideals:  6Greenpeace  women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO) | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

 Whoever says that no one cares enough to protest anymore? Even as we type, six Greenpeace activists are scaling the tallest building in Western Europe, London's 1,016-foot Shard tower.

 

Sabine Huyghe from Belgium, Sandra Lamborn from Sweden, Canadian Victoria Henry, Ali Garrigan from the UK, Wiola Smul from Poland and Liesbeth Debbens from the Netherlands.

Codenamed operation "Iceclimb," the stunt is intended to raise the alarm about Shell's activities in the Artic, where the oil company has expensive plans to drill. Will the protesters make it up — and down again? Will police arrest them if they do? Follow their progress live, here.

 

And also: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23266281

 

Impressive photos here

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2360015/Six-women-scale-The-Shard-Greenpeace-protest-oil-gas-drilling-Arctic.html#ixzz2YjLpoeMc

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"Ali Garrigan even found time, and a free hand, to tweet updates during her ascent."

"The demonstrators are live-streaming the climb from helmet cameras, with birds-eye views of their ascent being broadcast live at www.iceclimb.savethearctic.org.

 

They said if they do hang the Arctic artwork it will be the highest successful installation an art project since Philippe Petit tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974."

 

"One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning: 'We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic."

 

Billed as the #Iceclimb, Facebook users and followers of other social media were invited to follow their progress live here.

http://iceclimb.savethearctic.org/?fbshare

Rock stars, celebrities and even the police tweet about #iceclimbAnnie Lennox@AnnieLennoxHere's an example of risking life and limb for a cause you believe in…Show your support by sharing #iceclimb

 

iceclimb.savethearctic.org 

 

BREAKING: Look up London. We’re attempting to scale the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper. More soon on #iceclimb pic.twitter.com/WCzFlIPd6t 

 

Metropolitan Police*@MetPoliceEventDon't worry London, they don't know it yet but we're preparing a kettle for @GreenpeaceUK when they reach the top of the Shard. #iceclimb

 

 

 

 


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Focus on London - Poverty | London DataStore

Focus on London - Poverty | London DataStore | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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This website offers interactive data charts and information on the longstanding poverty issues in London.  The very affluent and rich are often right next to the very poor, and metropolitan areas but also exist in the outskirts away from the center.

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London's housing shortage surpasses transport as biggest barrier to growth

London's housing shortage surpasses transport as biggest barrier to growth | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
London’s chronic housing shortage has leaped past its unreliable transport as a threat to its future growth for the first time.
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Housing shortages and rising rents price-out young professionals out of London and remains the biggest obstacle to their economic success and adds to London's diminished global edge.  The London Mayor is increasing affordable housing and improving transportation nfrastructure.  This is just another example of how the city must attract more young professionals to promote the economy and increase business that is needed - or they will go elsewhere.

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Fat cleared from London sewers will fill nine double-decker buses - Telegraph

Fat cleared from London sewers will fill nine double-decker buses - Telegraph | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers in central London in the largest ever sewer clean-up of its kind.
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Sewer clean up from years of abuse and hazardous waste in the water

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Proposed City Tram

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Information on proposed City Tram LONDON

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This upgrade in the London tram system is underway and interconnects trams providing better connections to the city and outskirts along with the proposed Olympics site. The building plans do not include trenching which saves London time and money along with quicker completion times. It is part of a bigger transportation infrastructural development plan and economic recovery.

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EU horse meat scandal exposes dangers of globalism

EU horse meat scandal exposes dangers of globalism | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
When horse meat was discovered in beef hamburgers in Ireland last month, governments, corporations and regulators assured a panicked public that it was complete

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, unit 5 agriculture, globalization, agribusiness.


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Horsemeat showed up in London and the media interviewed many people who were appalled and wondering "how safe IS our meat?"

We now have to 'backtrack' to see where in the marketing loop  in between countries this actually is occurring, and also to see how regulations fell through the 'cracks'.

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 28, 2013 3:44 PM
Yes the industry is all about money. The US needs to change their ways, especially in the beef and poultry business. Its mass production, inhumane to animals, and unhealthy .
Adrian Bahan (MNPS)'s curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:12 PM

What trends in agribusiness are conveyed in this map?

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:30 PM

Why would someone want to do that to a horse? Horses are a great addition to the world because they can come in handy when it comes to pulling cargo and other objects also. Horses are having helped people for hundreds of years. I would go crazy if I found out I was eating horse meet. I am very surprised that those people from Ireland did not find out. There should really be an organization that checks the meet before it goes to supermarkets and other places.