What can I do about the environment?

There are so many interesting and alarming environmental problems right now, including those I summarised in my previous post, that it is hard to know where to start with finding out about them, and finding ways to help. Some of the things I have been doing to improve my knowledge, in no particular order, include:…

Howley Moly – What a Mess

Partial draining of the River Mersey between Woolston and Howley Weirs in Warrington, for repair-works due to vandalism, has exposed an alarming fly-tipping problem in the Howley area. This vandalism has also caused an increased risk of bank-collapse and to the river’s ecology. This stretch of the Mersey was partially drained this week by Peel…

Litter Picking at Warrington RC

I spent just over an hour this afternoon doing a litter-pick, and managed to fill a very densely-packed 100-litre bin bag with all the litter I spotted on the path marked on the map below – including any litter within reaching distance of the path. A lot for such a relatively small area. I will…

Aquatic Litter Cleanup – References and Ideas

On this page I will keep notes on litter-trapping – including references to other websites, and perhaps some ideas of my own. References – Cleanup Technology … References – Trapping Technology Recycled Island Foundation – Netherlands – develop passive Litter Traps mostly from recycled plastic. Versatech – manufacturer of river & marine booms – they…

Litter Picking at Paddington Meadows

Overview One of my action-points in my blog-post last week was to arrange a litter-pick to try to make a dent in the rubbish I encountered, in particular a small portion of the bank near Paddington Meadows that I had previously encountered. Today I was joined by 3 kind volunteers from Warrington Rowing Club –…

River Mersey Litter in Warrington

Introduction A key aspect of Greenpeace’s recent report (easy-reading version here / full version here) is how at the time of measurement, there was more micro-plastic in the River Mersey (measured just downstream of Victoria Park here) than the Pacific Garbage Patch – an alarming thing to read. Since I am not equipped with a…

About this site

My name is Paul Connor. I am a professional Software Engineer – as well as an amateur rower, rowing coach, and environmentalist / ecologist. I will be using this blog to organise my thoughts on things I find out about the many environmental issues that affect us all. There are so many problems – some…