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13 reasons why Portugal is a better destination than the UK

13 reasons why Portugal is a better destination than the UK

Art, Blogs, Climate, Culture, economy, Entertainment, Environment, Food, Instagram, International, LifeStyle, News, Opinion, Retro, Student, Travel, trends, Uncategorized, urban, youth
Everyone seems to be travelling to Portugal these days. Indeed, this year the country reported gleefully on another record year for overseas arrivals. Just over 12.7 million foreigners visited the country in 2017 – up 12 per cent year-on-year. Here's why it is proving so popular. Portugal has been recognized by many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller, Forbes, The New York Times, El País, CNN, World Travel Awards, the Best Of Wine Tourism, Great Wine Capitals, Catavinum and many more. These awards recognize the country’s tourism excellence. 1.Lisbon’s charm Lisbon's century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way through the city are unique. Wandering from Baixa district to Graça you'll see a very traditional side
Youth participation in #PacketInWalkers Campaign: Promotion or not?

Youth participation in #PacketInWalkers Campaign: Promotion or not?

Environment, Fitness, Food, London, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
Crisps company Walkers is under the radar by the youth of UK as their #PacketInWalkers recycling campaign was earlier criticized as a publicity stunt. In defence of the company, Executive Director, David Babbs told The Guardian: “The public will be watching to make sure the new recycling scheme isn’t just a PR stunt.” However, some youngsters criticized the movement for limiting it to just the Walkers brand, while some others also showed scepticism about the effectiveness of the campaign. Why are we only targeting Walkers and not all the other crisp companies who use plastic?! #PacketInWalkers — Leah Benthin (@leahbenthin) September 26, 2018 Don’t really get this protest. Surely not buying their product would make far more sense? — Jon Liversedge (@JLiversedge) September 25, 2018
Climate Change: Are the UK’s youth ready?

Climate Change: Are the UK’s youth ready?

Breaking News, Climate, Environment, London, protest, ReportingWeek2, Science
‘We are the last generation that can stop climate change’ - UN Summit, 2018 According to Kristalina Georgieva, the CEO of the World Bank, the younger generation must step up and combat climate change. While world leaders meet at the UN summit in Poland, young activists in the UK are working hard and taking significant steps in dealing with the issue. What is the problem? The UN Summit on climate change began Monday, December 3 and will continue until December 14 in Katowice, Poland. The summit, made up of 200 nations, seeks to find viable solutions for cutting emissions and combating climate change. In the UK, the Committee of Climate Change published its 2017 assessment report, stating the gravity of the situation. The report said: “Climate change is not only a challenge o
UN Climate Change Conference: What do young Londoners think about it?

UN Climate Change Conference: What do young Londoners think about it?

Climate, Environment, International, London, News, Poland, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Science
In Poland’s coal capital, Katowice, experts, environmentalists, scientists, politicians, journalists and leaders from all around the world converge together for the biggest climate change event of the year - COP 24 Katowice, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Poland 2018. Climate change is inevitable and we can see it happening around us. The world is getting hotter, glaciers are melting and a recent study, as mentioned in the BBC report, suggests that CO2 emissions are on the rise owing to economic growth. Representatives from around 200 countries have gathered for this two-week conference to discuss the rules and finalize guidelines that will help countries implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris climate agreement, which was adopted at the Conference of Parties (COP) in
To reduce plastic waste, London’s answer is water fountains

To reduce plastic waste, London’s answer is water fountains

Breaking News, Environment
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan plans to roll out a new network of water fountains and bottle-refill stations to reduce plastic waste. It is part of a wider plan to make London a more sustainable city. The fountains will be placed in busy pedestrian areas, parks and public squares across the capital. Mr. Khan is calling on citizens to reduce the use of single-use packaging, such as plastic water bottles. He also hopes to set up ways of getting businesses to make their tap water available to the general public, building on a scheme launched two years ago in Bristol. Twitter reacted positively to the news: GOOD NEWS! @SadiqKhan plans network of #London water fountains to reduce plastic waste with inspiration from @RefillBristol https://t.co/QYUIq83673 become a business that sponsors
Behind the glass: the secret world of zoo inspections

Behind the glass: the secret world of zoo inspections

Animals, Environment
Almost 500 animals died over four years at a zoo in Cumbria, and yet inspectors allowed the zoo to remain open. How do zoo inspections work, and what went wrong?   The South Lakes Safari Zoo (SLSZ) in Cumbria made headlines earlier this month after a shocking report showed that almost 500 animals died within four years. Among the 486 deaths were five young baboons and seven healthy lion cubs who were euthanised because there wasn’t enough space to house them. A jaguar had chewed off it’s own paw, a lemur was killed after entering the wolf enclosure, and a squirrel monkey was found decomposing behind a radiator. According to reports, the “overcrowding, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, and a lack of any sort of developed veterinary care” were noticed by zoo inspectors durin
For greener pastures in London. Literally.

For greener pastures in London. Literally.

Culture, Environment, Specials, Video, Watch
Sub-zero temperatures at 10am on a Saturday morning — far from a good excuse to put on your tough boots, roll up your sleeves and head out to plant trees.   Which is why it came as a welcome surprise when several enthusiastic groups of volunteers gathered at Southall’s King George’s Field last weekend for a tree-planting exercise. Organised by Ealing Council in partnership with NGO Trees For Cities and Unilever, the aim was to plant 10,000 new saplings in a single day. The event was part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s larger efforts to make London a greener place by planting 40,000 new trees across the city. His iTree urban forest survey shows that London has 8 million trees that are worth a whopping £6.1 billion to the economy and contribute £130 million in wider benefits. These
Bitwalking: generate money by walking

Bitwalking: generate money by walking

Health, ReportingWeek1, Tech
Bitwalking dollars is set to revolutionise how you can earn money and also help the environment.  A new digital currency is being launched where anyone can earn simply by walking around.  The App is designed to count and verify your steps as you get paid for moving from place to place. The currency was launched last weekend in Malawi, Kenya, Japan and the UK.  The Go! app is free, but requires an invite from Bitwalking to download it from outside these countries. Walking is good for the environment as it means fewer vehicles and less pollution for the planet. Because Bitwalking dollars (BW$) are earned by human movement it aims to support the reduction of global carbon footprint. In the final week of COP21, world leaders from 150 countries and thousands of environmentalists meet agai

Reducing smog: Chinese documentary on London becomes hit

International, Media
A documentary looking at air pollution has notched up some 100m views on Chinese portals. It looks at London’s ‘Great Smog’ of 1952. Reporter: Di Bai  Chai Jing, a former Chinese state television reporter, released online Under the Dome. She published this documentary addressing a live audience in a style similar to a TED talk. As part of the documentary, Chai took field trips to London, and visited Battersea Power Station—a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on South West London. She also summarized what the British government had done after the Great Smog to solve the air pollution. The Great Smog was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. Visibility was reduced to a few yard making driving difficult or impossible. “It’s like you w