A major step towards sustainable development has been taken by Britain which is set to launch its first ever bus which uses sewage and food waste to run. The bus, nicknamed ‘Poo bus’ will be operated by First West of England and run on biomethane gas from the waste of more than 32,000 households.
The bus which can seat 40 passengers and cover 300 Kms on one tank of gas will start running from the 25th of this month, making four trips every week between Cribbs Causeway and Stockwood in Bristol, the Independent reported.
The bus service company will start more such poo-buses, if this bus is a success.
‘The very fact that it’s up and running in the city should help to open up a serious debate about how buses are best fuelled, and what is good for the environment.’ Managing Director of First West of England, James Freeman told Independent.
Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the archaeological sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said Wednesday.
Cropmarks — patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air — form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out, making this summer’s heat wave ideal for discovering such sites.
Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest.
“We’ve discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England’s history,” said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.
“Each new site is interesting in itself, but the fact we’re finding so many sites over such a large area is filling in a lot of gaps in knowledge about how people lived and farmed and managed the landscape in the past,” he said.
The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them. While some may be significant enough to merit national protection from development, local authorities or farmers may be left to decide what to do at other sites.
“We’ll hopefully get the help of farmers to help protect some of these undesignated sites,” Grady said. (VOA)