Feed #117 - Bugs in Your Compost, Hurrah for Peat and a Decarbonising Leaf!

Feed #117 - Bugs in Your Compost,  Hurrah for Peat and a Decarbonising Leaf!

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Embrace the Bugs in Your Compost

Food waste in your Subpod is a juicy, delicious super fuel for your wormy pals. It gets noticed by other creatures out there, and they want a slice of the pie! So don’t be surprised to find various bugs have taken up residence and are having a bit of a munch.

Should you be worried about them? Well, maybe… if you’re scared of bugs. If you’re not, they’re pretty harmless and could move on of their own accord.

There is one particular situation where bugs aren’t healthy though. Find out what it is in the link below, where you’ll also find out the five most common bugs you’re likely to find in your worm farm.

Peat Compost to Stay in Bogs Where it Belongs

The peatlands in the UK are an important part of the ecosystem. They store carbon, filter water and provide a home for an amazing array of wildlife. They need protection, it's as simple as that.

But when you walk into garden centres across the country, you’ll find bags of peat compost for sale on the shelves. It’s a practice that has helped contribute to the degraded state of over 90% of peatland in England. Now, things are changing.

The UK government has recently decided there will be a total ban on the sale of bagged peat compost by 2024. This is a massive step in the right direction for protecting this precious resource.

Read more about the ban and how much the UK government is spending on restoring peatland in the article below.

A Floating ‘Leaf’ that Could Decarbonise Ocean Polluters

A tiny artificial leaf could bring renewable energy production to the open waters, solving energy security issues and helping decarbonise the world’s oceans.

But what is it?

It’s an artificial, flexible and leaf-like device that scientists have developed to generate clean fuel from sunlight and water. The small and autonomous device emulates photosynthesis and could provide an alternative to the fossil fuels used so heavily in the shipping industry.

While the floating leaf isn’t commercially ready just yet, it’s an exciting concept and we can’t wait to see it become a player in the fight for decarbonisation!

The good people at Science Daily will tell you more about it below.

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