Mike Wendling

Mike Wendling is a freelance journalist based in London.

Direct-action protesters in the U.K. are focusing on climate change

A protester at England’s Didcot power station contemplates the changing landscape. Photo: Kate Davison/Greenpeace It’s half an hour or so after the end of Britain’s biggest-ever protest against climate change, and I’m still hanging out in Trafalgar Square. A few groups of kids are milling around, and a couple of anarchists have set up a bicycle-powered disco. One or two old-timers are trying to get rid of their last remaining copies of the Socialist Worker. Most of the protesters have heeded the organizers’ advice to reuse or recycle their placards, but the local cleaning crews are quick on the job, …

Is too few people the new “population problem”?

Alston wants your women. All’s quiet on the Alston front. Photo: www.visitcumbria.com. And not just any old hags, either — residents of this northern English town would prefer strapping young things who aren’t afraid to get dirty. “Quite frankly, old people are not going to give us the vitality that we need,” says Vince Peart, the cheerful if lovelorn spokesperson for the town’s matchmaking campaign. “We’re looking for young people who will work.” The area around Alston, a hamlet perched in the Pennine mountains, was once home to 20,000 people. Nowadays it’s closer to 2,000. While Peart’s booty call has …

Brits consider radical plan to measure personal emissions

Credit or debit … or planet? What would you be willing to do to slow climate change? Oh sure, you might drive and fly less. You might already have, like me, signed up for a green-energy plan. But would you hand over an ID card every time you filled up your gas tank? Would you let the government track each time you turned on your washing machine or computer? How about your nose-hair trimmer? Residents of the U.K. might soon be compelled to take such measures. Although it hasn’t received much publicity outside the climate-research community, the dry-sounding yet radical …

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