I tend to prattle on about the virtues of democracy quite a lot, but articles like these make me think that life in a green-minded police state would have considerable upsides. Maybe another humdinger of a world war might help matters too, if it wiped out enough of the global population. Or some kind of [...]
It occurred to me today that I really like plants. Not only do they provide me with 99.999% of everything I eat (fungi making up the rest), but I also like looking at them, tending to them and planting them. There’s something altogether relaxing about their nature. So while I’m not going to start hugging [...]
According to this NYTimes piece they stand a pretty decent chance of going extinct in the next decade or so. This has happened before. Our great-grandparents grew up eating not the Cavendish but the Gros Michel banana, a variety that everyone agreed was tastier. But starting in the early 1900s, banana plantations were invaded by [...]
This is one proposed design for floating cities that could have a role to play in countering or adapting to climate change. The cities are self-sufficient and movable, and are designed to house 50,000 people. Vincent Callebaut is the name of the fellow who came up the concept. I wonder if he ever played Final [...]
What follows is a rather mangled essay that I lashed together in a hurry during the last semester. It seems vaguely related to other recent posts. All footnotes have been removed, so apologies in advance is this leads to any confusion. Please keep all “tl;dr” style comments to yourself. “Those who have quitted the world [...]
This guy is awesome, and the work he does sounds awesome too. Instead of wasting money on fueling over-population in poor countries, the Irish government should give way more money to conservation projects like this guy’s. Last time I checked we had more than enough people on this planet… His book on Amazon.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a volcanic eruption at night accompanied by lightning, then today’s your lucky day. Highly recommended gallery. Via Andrew Sullivan.
Here’s an interesting post about green politics and over-population. I think the writer overreaches in describing a concern with overpopulation as “fascist”. As long as you don’t make racist recommendations as to who should be allowed have kids, then a basic proposal that fewer people would be conducive to a healthier planet does not sound [...]
No to blow my own trumpet, but I saw this coming about 5 years ago. Apart from the obvious ethical advantages inherent in not killing nice, peaceful cows, there are other benefits: Rapidly evolving technology and increasing concern about the environmental impact of meat production are signs that vat-grown meat is moving from scientific curiosity [...]
This is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. I can’t understand how someone could act like this. It’s really fucked up. Why is it that the West screams bloody murder when the Japanese launch whaling expeditions and then gives Canada a pass to kill 300,000 seals every year? What disgusting hypocrisy. Don’t eat [...]
From the BBC: Ecuadorean officials are investigating the slaughter of 53 sea lions from the Galapagos Islands nature reserve, which were found with their heads caved in. The dead animals included 13 pups, 25 youngsters, nine males and six females. Galapagos National Park official Victor Carrion told AFP news agency that each was killed by [...]
James Fallows piece from the Atlantic website. (Subscription required). Panda slideshow to accompany the above. (Free). If I ever visit China again I’m definitely going to the Wolong Nature Reserve, or “Panda Land”, as Fallows’ slideshow refers to it.
For the first time in decades humpback whales are to be hunted, but that’s okay, claims that the Japanese government, because it’s all for “scientific research”. This bogus claim is of course to circumvent the 1986 ban on commercial whaling, which Japan has long been seeking to overturn with underhand tactics at the International Whaling [...]
Too many people; not enough sun bears…
Essentially, most people support carbon taxes and other such measures in order to curb global warming, even though governments across the globe seem to take the view that their citizens are unwilling to go along with such measures. I hate to sound like a red on this green issue, but is this because of corporate [...]keep looking »