The cities episode of Planet Earth 2 gave a lot of food for thought in terms of how to make the expanding cities of today more eco-friendly and more sympathetically built in with the environment. Urbanisation represents an extreme problem for flora and fauna conservation. The rapid growth is preventing the natural world from keeping up, more habitats, plants, trees are removed and replaced with impermeable structures such as roads and buildings. Pollution increases, demand fo
A tale of two crunches - credit and carbon The parallels are striking, the differences petrifying It is rare that a film does a good job of portraying a book but the 2015 release of John Lewis's The Big Short did just that, providing an insight into the pushers and players behind the 2007 financial crisis. Behind all the jargon and financial paraphernalia, the cause of the crisis was simple. Individuals over consumed, primarily via mortgages, in the present and were unable to
Deep below the surface of the ocean, countless marine creatures are being killed by an alien presence. This predator, new to the scene, is being unleashed in increasing and alarming numbers. Its destructive capabilities are indiscriminate and virtually unlimited. It has no appetite, so its hunger is never sated. It has no fear, and no natural predators. It kills slowly – entangling, ensnaring, and suffocating. No creature in the wild has natural defenses to cope with it, or
You’ve probably heard about the environmental impact of palm oil cultivation: deforestation, reduction in biodiversity, localised pollution and contributing to climate change. You may have also heard about some of the proposed alternatives. Alternative doesn’t necessarily mean better though. So let’s have a look at what the alternatives to palm oil are, and which ones are viable options for the future. Failed alternatives Common alternatives to palm oil for food products incl
In 1839 Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’, prior to that figures from Shakespeare to Thomas Jefferson expressed the same idea. All early acknowledgers of a shifting power base, from those with a capability for violence to those with a mastery of words.
Gone are the days where problems can be solved by a slap with the glove and duel to the death. No single factor has caused this transition but undoubtedly the growing complexity of th