Category Archives: Advances in technology

Climate change, happiness and economic growth


Humanity has gone beyond the ‘safe operating space’ of the planet, and the problems we face – climate change, biodiversity loss, water shortages – are all related to the use of materials, fossil fuels and biomass by the world’s economies. … Continue reading

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Feeding The Gambia – the social side


The Gambia is one of the poorer African nations, and about 75% of the population depends on crops and livestock for its livelihood. But feeding the people depends on more than agricultural methods, so here are my observations on some … Continue reading

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An insider’s view of subsistence agriculture


A slight break from the norm – I wanted to share what I’d leant about agriculture in The Gambia. I travelled up river to Janjanbureh with a girl who was spending 2 years living in a village close to the … Continue reading

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Poverty reductions from Bt cotton – 15 years on


In 1995 the USA controversially approved Bt cotton for commercial use. Fifteen years on its effect on farming and the rural community have been analysed in a study from the University of Göttingen. Bt cotton is resistant to many caterpillar … Continue reading

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Antarctica shrinks – new estimates from satellite data


Substantial loss of ice-sheet mass has been confirmed for Greenland and West Antarctica, thanks to an innovative approach to data interpretation. The satellite data also showed that the contribution of the receding ice sheets to sea-level rise has accelerated over … Continue reading

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