Category Archives: Environment

Save the World. Eat Less Meat

Despite Allan Savory’s recent bizarre and discredited claim (in a recent Ted Talk) to have found miracle technique that allows us to reconcile our insatiable demand for meat with the need to protect the living planet by eating more meat, it has become … Continue reading

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Climate Doubters: ‘Farage from the truth’

Climate Change isn’t something you can choose to believe in. In the wake of the devastating flooding this Christmas, Nigel Farage wrote a piece in the independent blaming the prolonged power cuts on the current government’s energy policy. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-power-cut-at-christmas-showed-up-the-nonsense-of-our-energy-policy-9029348.html Leaving … Continue reading

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Hunting: Vile outdated ‘sport’ or a viable method of conservation?

Despite claims from the RSPCA that 80% of the public are against fox hunting, a quarter of a million people attended boxing day hunts across the country yesterday. Environmentalists and conservationists that I follow on twitter met this with outrage. Similarly, … Continue reading

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What is ‘Nature’?

This Easter I spent a fair bit of time in the “Great British countryside”. From the Pembrokeshire coast in South Wales, to Lizard Point in Cornwall. But whilst walking along picturesque coastal paths from one outcrop (Geology feild trip) to the … Continue reading

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Higher carbon dioxide levels increase growth rate in trees?

Tomorrow I begin my Ecology 1b project, with the aim of answering the question: ‘Is there a link between higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the growth rate in ash trees?’ I admit that on the outset this does not … Continue reading

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Lessons learnt from Lonesome George

A few days ago, we received the sad news from the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands that Lonesome George has passed away. It appears the last act of the sole survivor of Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, (a subspecies of … Continue reading

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Farming the Moon Bear: It’s got to stop

Many people may be unaware of this issue; I for one certainly was before reading an article[1] that appeared in Nature today. Around 10,000 endangered Asian black bears or ‘moon bears’ as they are known are kept captive in China … Continue reading

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