From the papers:

Via the Daily Post:

Environmental ‘blasphemy’

Apr 28 2007
by David Higgerson, Liverpool Daily Post

THE Bishop of Liverpool yesterday warned there was no point helping Africa with financial aid if the world stood still in the battle against global warming – which he described as “blasphemous”.

The Rt Rev James Jones had been invited to speak at the two-day global warming conference at the Vatican by Liverpool’s Catholic Archbishop, the Most Rev Patrick Kelly.

He described mankind’s slow destruction of the planet as blasphemous, and said the Church must act to help prevent global warming.

He said schools must lead the fight against global warming with a “hearts and minds’’ campaign to change attitudes towards the environment.

Bishop Jones, who has written a book about Jesus and the environment, said at least seven texts from the Bible were about the importance of looking after the Earth.

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Is climate change to blame for the early asparagus?
Apr 28 2007
by Paula Owens, Liverpool Daily Post

EARLY crops of asparagus at farms on Merseyside could be a sign that climate change is taking effect.

Asparagus started growing around three weeks earlier than expected on the area’s farms.

David Brooks, who runs Brooks Farm, in Larkhill Lane, says this year their traditional Formby asparagus was on sale in local shops earlier than usual.

Mr Brooks, 44, said: “Although we’ve had it at this time of year before, it’s not the norm. It started growing the first week in April – a few weeks earlier than most seasons.

“May is normally the main growing month.”

He added: “It’s great for us because it extends the season and gives us a longer cutting season.

“We’ve already been supplying local shops and it’s selling well.”

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Plots for riverfront homes thrown out
Apr 28 2007
by Larry Neild, Liverpool Daily Post

CAMPAIGNERS claimed victory last night after halting plans that would have seen a slice of riverfront promenade in Liverpool used for a luxury homes project.

Developer Langtree McLean wants to built 1,400 homes on the site of the former International Garden Festival site at Otterspool.

Originally, the company envisaged high-rise schemes, but after intervention from heritage agencies, a revised scheme with blocks of up to seven storeys in height, are being proposed.

The developers yesterday asked the city council’s executive board to agree to release a strip of land alongside the promenade for the homes scheme.

The extra land was needed, the developer insisted, for support legs for the new developments.

Local residents launched a campaign saying the extra land threatened trees planted in the 1980s for the garden site. It would also bring the blocks of riverfront homes too close to the existing riverside walkway.

The executive board decided not to release the extra land, which means the housing scheme will have to be within the original limits.

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Also: New row hits rebirth of the festival site

Previous coverage » Plans for garden festival site opposed

From the web:

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Coke skin-cream
Saturday, April 28, 2007

Coca-Cola has teamed up with L’Oreal to make a skin cream. Nice — working both sides of the street. First they ruin your skin and health with toxic sludge, then they sell you medicated mayonnaise to make it all better again.

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