Selincro – an Alcohol Wonder Drug?

There is a perception among many clinical experts that there’s only one way to deal with an addictive substances, simply aid people to fight off the urges and stop taking them. So methods like using a new drug like Selincro which helps alcohol dependency are often dismissed too easily. Unfortunately even for those who can escape the addictive clutches often their lifestyle is formed around things like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Around every corner, like Oasis aptly put it ….

So why is Selincro different, and why does it seem to have difficulty making it’s way into mainstream treatments? Basically it is a pill which reduces the urge to drink which was formally approved in the UK by the National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) in 2014. The drugs actual name is Nalmefene, Selincro is a trade name and it has produced some astounding results for treating alcoholics in clinical trials all over the world.

Most of the guidance is directed at people who wish to reduce their drinking levels. The pill is supposed to reduce the cravings they have to drink and thus gradually reduce their alcohol consumption. It works by blocking part of the brain which produces pleasure from alcohol, reducing the attraction to carry on drinking.

So I Buy Selincro

Now those of us who are a little too attached to their drink, know that feeling very well. We can take or leave that first drink, but the next one becomes much more important and the rest often follow on with little thought. Selincro stops this behaviour, by reducing that desire.

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I’ve tried it and it works, you take the Nalmefene an hour before you expect to drink. When you do start drinking, it has a strange effect the pleasure simply isn’t there.

My initial experience was conducted with an expensive bottle of Argentinian Malbec. The drug made me slightly dizzy but nothing too bad, however the enjoyment from this stunning red was almost completely obliterated.

To try and describe the feeling is difficult, normally when I enjoy my first glass of red wine I get that warm, fuzzy relaxed feeling. However with Selincro this was different, my glass was pretty much transformed into tepid tap water. The taste didn’t change as much but my desire for it was completely different. Normally my first glass would last about 15-20 minutes, using the drug it took me over an hour – there was simply no urge to drink.

If you’re looking for information on this method, I’m going to put some of my experience up on this web site. However here’s some quick points to get you started as it can be quite confusing – researching this stuff.

  • Selincro is brand name for the drug which is actually called Nalmefene.
  • There is an alternative drug called Naltrexone which has a very similar effect.
  • Both drugs are designed to reduce the opiates released from your brain when you drink.
  • Most successful trials have occurred by using the drugs in tandem with – The Sinclair Method.

The Sinclair method is slightly controversial as a alcohol treatment method as it doesn’t discourage participants from drinking unlike traditional routes like the AA.   The idea is that abstinence will come from reducing the pleasure of alcohol, not by enforcing some artificial ban.

The drug does have some side effects, which you’ll find listed on the medication.   Commonly reported effects are nausea, dizzyness and problems with sleeping.   I suffered all these to some extent and the effects lasted about 14 days but gradually reduced over that time.

At the time of writing I have taken 15 pills of Selincro on consecutive days.  The reduction in the desire for alcohol is very apparent although the drive from simple habit is still there.   Currently my alcohol consumption has dropped by about 50%, I have not made any real effort other than taking the pills.   I’ll update more on this blog.

 

Watch UK TV Online in USA

Every time’ I’m dragged over to the USA, I think I’m going to hate it.  I’m not sure why – the last time was Florida, the expectation of theme parks and fast food outlets and the horror of International Drive made me dread it.   The irrational fear that everyone I meet would have gun holster under their T-shirt or the practicality of ordering food which was vaguely healthy.

But as always I was wrong, I absolutely loved it.  Florida is a wonderful place, sure it’s over commercialised and of course Harry Potter’s World doesn’t quite look right in 40 degree heat but everything is fun.  Americans are friendly and pretty kind apart from the grumpy ones in New York and I’m fairly certain the majority of people I met weren’t armed either.

Every time I go to the USA, the more I want to return yet there’s still certain things that drive me to distraction.  Firstly tipping in restaurants, yep ok I’ve just got to get over it! The other is US TV channels, and therefore the title of this posthow to watch UK TV online in USA.

There are many, many things which are done better in the USA, but unfortunately TV is not one of them.  Of course there are individual shows that are fantastic, yet there’s always something to spoil it – advertising.   Perhaps you eventually get used to the non-stop noisy interruptions but as yet I can’t – commercial TV in the USA is hard work.

Of course in the world of the internet, you’d think this wouldn’t really matter.  After all most TV stations broadcast online so you can watch anytime and anyplace.  Yet if you fire up your laptop and proceed to the sublime BBC iPlayer application whilst in the US – you’ll be rather disappointed – ‘cos it won’t work.

Just like every media company on the planet, they restrict access based on their location. So all the UK TV stations are available online, just not if you’re outside the UK when you try and watch them.  Before any US readers start laughing, the same will happen to you when you try and access ABC, NBC or Hulu from outside the US too.

It’s slightly crazy, but true and becoming worse year by year.   Websites look up the location of your IP address when you connect and then decide what you can watch.  For the media companies this normally means blocking anyone outside their domestic market presumably due to copyright issues and the profit motive.  It matters not that I am a middle aged, license fee paying BBC junkie – I’m not in the UK so tough.

Fortunately of course, on the internet there’s always a workaround or a way to sidestep authority and here’s the video which demonstrates how you can actually watch UK Television from anywhere in the USA – here it is.

So that’s it, basically you bounce your internet connection off something called a VPN server based in the UK.  The BBC or ITV site, will then just see the IP address of the server and think you’re actually in the UK and allow you full access.  The software in the video makes it incredibly simple and all you need to do is click on a UK server and it’s sorted.

The service can also be set up on your phone or tablet too so you can even watch UK TV on other devices whilst in the USA.   It takes a minute to setup but it’s not very difficult, and you only have to do it once.   The other great advantage is that you can use it for other media sites too, use it in Canada to access US TV stations or vice versa.  Try the Irish TV or perhaps brush up your French by watching some great TV stations like M6 Replay which broadcast from Paris.

So if you’re in the US or anywhere abroad and want access to UK TV online for whatever reason then it’s a sensible investment.  Make sure you test out the 10 day trial first to see if it works ok for you.

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The Dangers of Digital Law

Laws are in general supposed to make us safer and more secure, I think most of us would agree.  However there are areas where this is not the primary concern and even some where the opposite is true.  This is almost certainly the case in one of the older digital based laws created in the US called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998) better known as the DCMA Act.

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It sounds safe enough at first glance but there’s a huge flaw at the very heart of this legislation which could seriously undermine the safety of the internet.  It sounds rather dramatic but it’s certainly a possibility with the increasing reach of devices connected to the internet – particularly the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) .  The problem is that all of these devices from smart phones through TVs to toasters and fridges all contain software embedded in them in order to communicate across the internet.  Software of course often contains bugs and flaws which can constitute a security risk, in fact there have been many reports of these ‘smart devices’ being used in DDoS attacks.

That’s where the problem lies with the DCMA Act, which contains a law stating that flaws in these devices cannot be disclosed without express permission from the manufacturer of the device.  Consider the issue, a security researcher or ethical hacker discovers a security flaw in a device, they cannot release this information legally and the manufacturer is unlikely to want to publish it’s own security problems.  What happens is that the flaws remain and don’t get fixed, and almost certainly then get exploited by computer hackers.

In fact there are situations where DCMA makes it not only illegal to disclose a software fault but also to fix it.   There have been test cases, most famously brought by John Deere tractors where it has been stated that it is illegal for owners to attempt to fix their tractors instead being forced to return them to dealers instead.  This is because the tractors like most equipment now contain a certain amount of software which control the devices bringing them into the remit of the act.

It’s of considerable concern to all of us, the devices we have bought are not really our property and the issue is extending to all sorts of situations.  We can’t use third party disks or cartridges in printers and game consoles because the manufacturer controls the software and access to that device even after we’ve bought it.  With digital services it’s even more extreme with media giants like Netflix enforcing blocks on proxies and VPNs as described in this article – The Great Netflix VPN Ban.

It’s a dream come to true for the manufacturers who are able to implement specific profit maximizing business models which are extremely restrictive to the end owners.  Control of the device is effectively kept with people who created it not with the people who bought it. Don’t think you can do what you like with that HP printer, because you can’t the law says so!

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Using Residential VPN services: http://www.theninjaproxy.org/technology/is-a-residential-vpn-service-essential-now/

Do I have a Digital Nationality?

Where are you from?  What do you consider your nationality?  For most of us it’s fairly straight forward – we are born, live and even die in a single country.   For others it’s a little more complicated, born somewhere, grow up somewhere else – living a life spread among a variety of countries.   Picking your nationality isn’t always as simple as looking at your passport.

This is further complicated now because of the way we live part of our lives  in the internet ether, most of us have a digital identity too.   You might think it doesn’t matter, after all when your online everyone is just an electronic presence at best a series of numbers making up your IP address.  However here’s the issue, your internet address is part of your identity and seriously impacts what you can and can’t do online.  Your digital nationality might not be something you’ve considered however nearly every web site and online service you use does consider this piece of information.

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The simple fact is that a US citizen using the internet does have a different experience from a Mexican, a European or a Turkish web user.   What you can do, what you can see will vary extensively simply based on that one piece of information – the location of your IP address.   This is your digital nationality and if you don’t believe it, try visiting China and try surfing the internet – you’ll be amazed at the difference.

The global giants who are dominating online multimedia are a perfect example, Netflix for example provides an account which is usable in over 160 different countries.   However it changes based on your location, in fact it varies hugely depending on your physical position.  Unfortunately this means that in many countries, Netflix has nowhere near as many movies available compared to connecting from a US location for example.  It’s so different that many people use software to spoof their location and access a different version, something that has led to this scenario – Netflix Blocking VPNs and Proxies.

Is this all fair? Should your online experience be affected  your location.  Your point of view will probably depend on where you are based – people in the US and Europe for example generally have a much better time online.   Just for illustration, Turkish web users were blocked from Facebook and Twitter for several days last week as the Government decided to restrict access.

There is no doubt that your digital identity is something that we all now need to consider.  To many people think that they are not linked to their online experience,  that they can remain totally anonymous without any privacy tools in place.  Every day millions of people download stolen digital goods like software and movies from torrent sites, thinking that they are safe and untraceable.  The truth is that anonymous torrenting although possible is actually fairly difficult to achieve and it certainly needs some technical tweaking to hide both your identity and location.

The reality is tinged with an element of sadness that commercialization and the need for control is starting to take over the digital world.  In the early days of the internet, your nationality and location was largely irrelevant – we were all just citizens of the world when online.  Those days though are now long behind us and it is imperative that we realise that when we post those funny clips or visiting those controversial websites that these are being linked to our online, digital profiles.

The Secret to Success – Outsourcing

The Right Way to Find Success Through Outsourcing

A vital element that has become a part of operating a successful Internet business these days is outsourcing. A lot of the big shot web marketers and webpreneurs are doing really well at outsourcing, which is leading to the growth of their business. There is nothing new about outsourcing, as it has been leveraged by multi-national corporations for a long time now. However, on account of the arrival of the Internet, anybody with extra money in their budge can start outsourcing their business tasks. Therefore, the question that comes up at this point is, what can you do in order to guarantee some triumphs with outsourcing? Within this article, we will be talking about some hints for understanding outsourcing.

First of all, don’t look at outsourcing as an expense or money that you’re losing -consider it as an investment There are many Internet marketers who stay away from outsourcing just because they think it’s a waste of money.

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When you outsource in the right manner, however, it’s a way to bring in more money. When you outsource effectively, you’re able to save more time, which leads to a better business. Spending your time doing mundane tasks will eat up into your productive time. When you outsource intelligently, then, it’s money well spent that will enable you to focus on your long term goals.

It’s essential that anyone you hire when outsourcing is able to understand your needs and instructions. This is important because when you have a communication gap with the people that you’re outsourcing to, it slows down work. It’s hard to have a project go smoothly when people don’t understand one another. That’s why you should make sure you’re able to communicate effectively with a candidate before you even consider choosing them.

Get an idea as to how they present their ideas and understand yours.  If you’re selling in a different country have a look online at adverts based in that country, for example if you’re selling to the UK check out the BBC News online and the commercial channels for some perspective. Don’t overlook the importance of this, as it has a lot to do with the results you’ll see.

You only want to outsource when it’s truly efficient and cost effective to do so, which means you should track the time it takes you to set up outsourcing projects. When getting started, you will want to outsource every aspect of your project. If you can do it faster on your own, then you shouldn’t bother to outsource. In such cases. you’d be spending your money on something that wouldn’t even be saving you any time. So do some calculations before deciding whether or not to outsource.

Only outsource when you can be sure that it’s going to work out in your favor. When you outsource the task to the right person, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed. It’s easier to focus on the strategic parts of your business and help it grow when you know you have the right person hired. The minute you get it wrong, though, and hire the wrong person, your problems will get even bigger. Basically, doing your homework and understanding the basic rules of our sourcing will help you in a major way. It might take you a while to go through all the preparation, but even it’ll be worth it. Someone who can deliver timely and high quality results and who is okay with working in the long term is someone you should find very valuable.

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Using the Biocomplexity Model

To begin with, these biocomplexity questions are fitting for organisms which range from microbes to humans. Initially, very little is well known about the archaeology of the region. Generally, salmon have extremely massive eggs compared with several other teleost fishes (9). Moreover, current techniques won’t scale to very massive quantities of wireless nodes or make effective usage of multiple sensor modalities.

We’re using a mix of observational and mathematical methods to boost our understanding of these processes. We must decide the correlations, a superb case of biocomplexity that incorporates human health as a crucial part of the total picture. After every field season, we’ll conduct preliminary analyses on the samples we’ve recovered. But we have to decide the complexity connected with these events to produce valid predictions.

We now possess the computing capability to analyze huge databases. This really is a brand new field, a brand new discipline. Thus, we have to develop more thorough understanding of the fundamental ecology of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Many invertebrates, like spiders and insects, likely arrived within the islands by the wind too.

Given the timescale of the gene switching event itself is short as well as difficult to measure and also the half-life of the cytosolic protein may vary from a few to hundreds of hours, it’s easy to know why transcriptomic and proteomic data from the exact same system don’t always agree. For example, human cytochrome P450mediated drug metabolism was modeled probabilistically utilizing a machine-learning approach and also a heuristic method of prediction of more general xenobiotic metabolism was described based on a thorough library of biotransformations and other reactions as well as on system-specific transformation probabilities. 1 unexpected outcome of this kind of approach would be the discovery of the all-natural substrates for several promiscuous enzymes involved with xenobiotic metabolism, including cytochrome P450 families. Even among distinctive organisms using the exact enzyme to do a specific process, there could be many different forms of the gene that encodes that essential enzyme. Nevertheless they still represent a terrific oversimplification of the intricacies of microbial processes.

This pie within the sky ideal you’ve got that death is somehow bad. Yet somehow you’ve got this ideal it’s a poor thing. Each living thing represents the most recent link in a totally long chain. Our existing work demonstrates that this interaction is the fact that robust,” he said. Evolvability wants a mechanism that is certainly robust to changes in somite number as well as size. Thus, allow me to get this straight.

We all like to make certain it’s there for future generations. Because we’ll have only limited capability to communicate with all the outside world during the field season, this is going to be the perfect way to maintain with all the most recent happenings. However, we have to do much more research before making predictions of coming castastrophe brought on by climate change. Furthermore, this region probably will have experienced changing environmental conditions, a few of which were natural and a few of which could have been anthropogenic. We’ve assembled a global team of archaeologists, geologists, and paleoecologists that may attempt to fully grasp how it’s that people have really been able to survive and, most of the time, thrive in this kind of challenging landscape. You’ll compare the significant innovative adaptations evolved by various life forms that preceded humans, helping you to set humanity within an increasingly wider context.

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Starting a Video Blogging Business

The internet continually opens up new markets and opportunities and now thousands of people are full time video bloggers. These people also known as vloggers sometimes have millions of subscribers and make videos on all sort of subjects. They make money by sponsorship, direct advertising or by simply running adsense blocks in their videos. If you invest in a few items like buy an IP address to enable multiple accounts you can create a very successful business.

Many people that watch video blogs regularly are motivated by the unique content that they see. We are referencing variety in regard to the quality of the videos that are produced. To be honest, text to videos are probably your worst choice when making a video blog.

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You need to have a professional attitude, yet get crazy at the same time. The videos that you make can include graphics, text and even you! It is simple to add more than text to your videos to spice them up a bit. You really should not ignore putting text content in your videos. It does have some merit. Now let’s look at some really unique ways to make video blogs that you may like.

If you start to do video blogging, you will realize that it is so much better than text blogging any day of the week. But you still have to provide value to your viewing audience or you will fail. One of your goals with most if not all your videos is tell or show them something valuable. You have to present valuable information in your niche. When you do this, you’re just like a newscast!

You can do what you want, within reason, as you have so much leeway when it comes to providing content. Every video should be different. Your viewers should not be expecting to see the same thing time and again. Your vlog should always be lively and entertaining. That’s why the people will come back.

Every video that you shoot should consciously try to make eye contact with your viewers. This can be beneficial in many ways. The easiest way to do this effectively is to look into the camera you are using for the shoot. That is eye contact via video and it is very important for you to do. Always look into your camera directly when filming your videos. No need to be shy for any reason. If you are avoiding eye contact, it will have the same affect that it does in real life. That type of body language will make people suspicious and it just tends to go downhill fast.

One of the suggestions that copywriters learn is to imagine they are talking to a friend as they write their copy. The copy that you write needs to be done in this manner. It is very solid advice. So in the same way that you write your copy to a friend, you need to do your videos and record them in the same manner.

Most of the time this will carry over in a very subtle but evident way. In fact, your videos will make a very important connection with your audience when you do them in this manner. If your marketing has this strategy built into your videos, you will do very well selling products on the Internet with your video blogs.

Google has often said that “content is king”. If this is true, videos should be very valuable just ask Netflix ! So there you go, you can make a video content site and own a slice of your niche. The search engines will also love you if you had written content to your video blog site. You just need to take action to get great results.

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Introducing Vlogging and Content Samurai

For many years, the internet has been expanding partly due to the millions of blogs appearing across the world.  It seemed at some point that nearly everybody who could use a computer was writing a blog and sharing their experiences on life, the universe and what they had for lunch.  Although blogs are still very popular, the medium seems be undergoing a change,  no longer is a page of text and a few photo’s enough – now it’s all about video.

The change has been partly fueled by the way we use the internet now,  social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube  aren’t really designed for long pages of text.   They are all much more aligned to other formats like audio and video, so much so that Vlogging or video blogging was born.   Now everywhere you look instead of text there’s a video explaining, cajoling or selling.

For the individual and their diary type blog moving to a video format has been quite straightforward.  Unfortunately for some small businesses and online entrepreneurs it’s quite difficult especially when they don’t have the skills and equipment to produce high quality videos.   Although the computer software companies have started to produce useful tools and resources which can assist in the production of these videos.

One of the most innovative products released in recent months is that of this product known as Content Samurai which provides an interface to help companies produce videos online quickly and simply.

You can see that the software doesn’t actually need to be installed as it’s run from the cloud. This means that all you need to access it is a web browser from which you can control the options. The idea is to supply the program with the written text which is then formatted into a slideshow style presentation. This presentation can then be modified by using some preset styles, text can be changed and images and videos inserted into the slides.

After this stage is completed, then you are prompted to deal with the audio by either recording the script that has been produced or simply selecting appropriate background music from the list. When this stage is completed, the video is produced and stored in your account in an MP4 format. This can be downloaded onto your computer and then distributed to whatever site you require – perhaps YouTube, posted on Facebook or Twitter or perhaps just uploaded onto your own site.

This is not a complicated video editing software, it’s designed to be a simple and quick as possible. The goal is to produce professional, high quality videos without any specialist knowledge – you can see an example file being produced online here in this video. This has lots of advantages but the greatest is speed, allowing a business without access to specialised resources the ability to produce large volumes of quality videos very quickly.

Search Tips for Your US Holiday Planning

Many of us rely heavily on the search engines when doing our research, years ago we used to reach for an encyclopedia or other reference book, not any more. The internet has become our ultimate reference guide, from spellings, definitions, research and of course shopping. However I wonder how many people realise how many restrictions are placed on you when you search?

Take for instance my current problem (ok so it’s safely in the first world problem category!), I want to take my family on a short tour in the USA – to see some West Coast highlights. So I turn to Google to see what’s on offer, typing in some relevant search terms into the world’s favorite search engine.

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So I get my results, tour operators, offers and holiday companies offering a range of tours covering the Western side of the USA. Which is great, lots of choice – except my choice has been severely restricted without my knowledge simply because of my location. When I visit Google, I am classified as a UK use based on my IP address and so my search results are tailored to that fact. This is of course great if I’m looking for a plumber, a New York based plumber is of little use to me! However it also means that I will get UK based results for my travel search.

So I get UK based firms offering tours around the West coast of the US, which is ok but what I don’t get is US firms offering the same thing. Why shouldn’t I consider American based firms instead, I’m sure they’d be happy to take me on a tour too. The reality is that without some effort I simply won’t see these companies because they will be filtered out in my search – I will see the big UK travel companies who offer tours in the USA. The worst thing is sometimes these are simply the same tours repackaged by UK travel agents, of course with some sort of premium on top of the price.

Google is basically controlling a large part of my decision making process and the choice available. Many thousands of companies do exactly the same, like this as you’re logging in from the US I’m afraid. But fortunately there is a solution and it’s actually quite a simple one.

It involves changing your IP address and taking control of what you see online. For example in my situation if I change my IP address to a US one then search for West coast tours USA, I’ll actually see a whole load of different results. In fact I see US based results, loads of US tours in America, which is actually what I wanted – local firms offering local tours not repackaged for a UK travel agent. The benefits increase I can also use this control to bypass blocks based on my location – this post for example shows how I can watch British TV when I’m actually in the USA. Normally you can’t watch the BBC online from anywhere outside the UK.

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Some Important Issues for Your Environmental Debate

Protecting the environment has become among the most talked about and hotly debated issues across the world. Many businesses are investing vast sums of dollars to produce goods or make their goods environmentally friendly. A good example is the electric car that’s being considered a feasible alternative to that of-the current petrol powered automobile.

The travel industry too hasn’t been left out-of the problem. Also like every-other industry the travel industry wants to be worried about ways to do business that are environmentally friendly. Outlined here are a few of the environmental problems affecting the travel business which stakeholders have to deal with and in long term solutions are sought out by some cases.

1. Mass tourism. It is threatening the fauna and flora and putting stress on ecosystems within these areas. Again this provides a risk to the tourism of the place and to the ecosystems within the areas.

2. Deforestation. In spite of-the call to safeguard the ecosystem there are still areas where enormous logging is taking place. That is also contributing to destruction of fauna and flora and can be a hazard to the tourism in those areas.

3. Using the decision to go green impacting all businesses around the world the tourism business is not omitted. There is stress on people who are in the sector to find systems of working that are eco-friendly and sustainable. For example can the resort business construct hotels which are more environmentally friendly? What approaches can they use to save electricity and reduce on compounds that are found in the dry cleaning of heaps of laundry found in the business?

4. Human encroachment. This is a hazard to the tourism of most countries. Human encroachment is, in addition, compelling animals to move from their habitat to other locations where they can’t survive leading to the extinction of particular species.

5. A major issue for businesses is the consequence for climate change as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation generates at least two% of emissions. However not all airlines particularly in the poorer nations can afford to buy new aircraft.

Technology obviously has a huge part to play in so many ways.  One of the least obvious ones is the important role of raising awareness of the important of our environmental predicament.  Although many of us are well aware of the importance of reducing carbon emissions and global warming, this is largely due to the huge media exposure to the issues in our countries.  Fortunately nowadays important sources of climate change reporting are accessible through the internet.  For example it’s even possible to access the wonderful BBC’s resources on the subject, in fact with the best VPN software or proxy you can watch British TV abroad using the internet on anything from a phone to a PC.

Joe Simpson is a writer on this media site  which raises awareness of environmental issues through social media.