Monday, 30 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/28/courmayeur-you-broke-our-glacier-mont-blanc-resort-climate-frontline). It is clear that they blame the government for not doing enough to ameliorate climate change. One placard says (in French) "You broke our glacier".
- September 30, 2019
Sunday, 29 September 2019
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/animals/2019/08/pangolin-scale-medicines-no-longer-covered-chinese-insurance). It is, however, extraordinarily difficult to get people to accept that the beneficial effects of ground up keratin is just a placebo (see also rhinoceros horn). It might all be too late for some of the 8 species of Pangolin.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/29/polar-bears-arctic-sea-ice-environment). Perhaps the loss of these creatures in the wild is progressing much faster than anyone anticipated? Having decades to reverse or contain climate change may be something we haven't got?
Saturday, 28 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/sep/27/milk-sugar-microplastics-some-tea-bags-found-to-shed-billions-of-particles ). This scary number is way more than the number of plastic particles that one expected to consume in a year. I suspect that plastic coffee bags will be the same. Loose tea for me!
Friday, 27 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/27/uk-roadsides-verge-wildlife-corridors-guidelines-wildflowers ).This has actually been pointed out over several years and it has been noted that the area of land adjacent to roads and motorways in the UK is extremely extensive. Advice is offered in the report on appropriate ways to cut and manage the verges. I am personally not in favour of simply seeding such areas with garden annuals and one has to admit that the pollutant production and collision potential of motor vehicles can make vergers precarious locations. One might suggest that gardeners might follow some of the advice for verge management when dealing with their lawns.
- September 27, 2019
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/23/cats-bond-with-owners-and-are-not-as-aloof-as-they-seem-study-shows). It is claimed that pet cats bond with their care-givers, and this is evident in their showing less anxiety and more exploration in the presence of their human side-kick. I (and others) are not too sure about this. I still believe that they only rub themselves against your legs, when you give them food, to odour-mark the member thus warning other cats off.
- September 24, 2019
Monday, 23 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/22/western-isles-spaceport-threatens-wildlife-tourism-north-uist). Plovers and geese are not likely to thrive with such disturbance but I think that people ought to seriously consider whether the extra release of 'greenhouse gases' (with their inevitable effects on climate change) is likely to be the more damaging consequence.
- September 23, 2019
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/leading-burger-supplier-sourced-from-amazon-farmer-guilty-of-deforestation). Although it is now claimed that the practice has stopped and the farmer fined and blacklisted, the event does illustrate the nature of one driver that is leading to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
- September 18, 2019
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/uk-fresh-food-imports-areas-at-risk-climate-crisis-mps-warn). About 20% of food comes from areas currently viewed as being clearly at risk of environmental challenges (that area might actually be considerably larger than envisioned). One could argue that that might reduce the import of exotic items with their high carbon footprints but that wouldn't be much consolation to the producers. It seems likely that the British diet (as well as water usage) will have to be reconsidered.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/whistleblowers-scientists-climate-crisis-trump-administration). If issues can be suppressed by political and commercial interests in 'the most scientifically advanced country on the planet', we are in a very dark place.
Monday, 16 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/16/1m-a-minute-the-farming-subsidies-destroying-the-world) has noted that 99% of the £560bn annual subsidies to farming are for environmentally destructive purposes. Most are used to promote cattle production (with their high methane output- this effluent being a powerful greenhouse gas); forest destruction (removing major opportunities to store carbon and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) and fertiliser use (with its tendency to pollute water systems). Unremarkably, they suggest that considerably more than the current 1% of subsidies should be used to encourage activities that are beneficial to our finite environment. Profits seem to be the be all and end all!
- September 16, 2019
Sunday, 15 September 2019
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Saturday, 7 September 2019
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/04/plastic-pollution-fossil-record) where fossils are found. The rise of human-generated plastics is also said to be evident in plankton samples taken over the decades and now reanalysed for micro-fibres (in earlier years, people would not have thought them worthy of comment). So this really does seem to be the start of the Anthropocene (human dominated) geological era. Whether it will continue or not largely depends on the health of the planet.
- September 07, 2019
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
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