A roundup of this week's other heritage & habitat news in brief   

New book looks at what the bust means for climate change

A new book analyses the financial crisis in the context of climate change, scarcity of fossil fuels and food scarcity. Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collaspe,published by the Foundation for Sustainable Economics (Feasta), suggests changes needed in financial systems, land use and human interactions. It has a preface by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, and an introduction by the Feasta economist Richard Doutwaite. Costs €20 from independent bookshops and online. See feasta.ie.

Waste not, want not: campaign to stop Irish people throwing out food

Chefs Rachel Allen (pictured), Kevin Thornton and Donal Skehan launched the Stop Food Waste movement earlier this week. The chefs prepared reduced-waste meals and provided tips on how to shop for and prepare food in the most cost-effective and sustainable way. Over 50 per cent of Irish people throw away food regularly – mainly fruit and vegetables, bread, condiments, dairy products and meal leftovers. Make a list of what you throw out next week and you might change your ways. See stopfoodwaste.ie for tips.

Photographs and blueprints  from Auschwitz-Birkenau

Architecture of Murder is an exhibition of the architectural drawings for Auschwitz-Birkenau on show at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Originally shown at the UN headquarters in New York for International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it includes photographs during construction, aerial photographs and quotes from Jewish victims and German Nazis. It is presented by the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland and runs until December 17th. See iarc.ie.


With snow and ice imminent, this new online weather forecast will be useful for anyone travelling.

It includes live weather conditions in over 50 locations throughout Ireland and daily long-range weather forecasts from the climatologist Peter O’Donnell. Also includes weather forecasts for cities around the world.