Walking to the shops puts out more CO2 than driving in your car. I remember first hearing this years ago - I think it was in a Saab advert.
A few other strange facts to shout at the mentalists if they tell you off for having a 4x4 or a RIB....
— Traditional nappies are as bad as disposables, a study by the Environment Agency found. While throwaway nappies make up 0.1 per cent of landfill waste, the cloth variety are a waste of energy, clean water and detergent
— Paper bags cause more global warming than plastic. They need much more space to store so require extra energy to transport them from manufacturers to shops
— Diesel trains in rural Britain are more polluting than 4x4 vehicles. Douglas Alexander, when Transport Secretary, said: “If ten or fewer people travel in a Sprinter [train], it would be less environmentally damaging to give them each a Land Rover Freelander and tell them to drive”
— Burning wood for fuel is better for the environment than recycling it, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs discovered
— Organic dairy cows are worse for the climate. They produce less milk so their methane emissions per litre are higher
— Someone who installs a “green” lightbulb undoes a year’s worth of energy-saving by buying two bags of imported veg, as so much carbon is wasted flying the food to Britain
— Trees, regarded as shields against global warming because they absorb carbon, were found by German scientists to be major producers of methane, a much more harmful greenhouse gas