Category Archives: Politics

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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Have your say – Natural Environment White Paper


Thanks to Natural England we can express our views on government policy by completing this online survey. It’s pretty easy – four open-ended questions on the benefits of the natural environment and how it can be improved. It wasn’t quite … Continue reading

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Science is Vital Rally 09/10/10


A love of science, some geeky jokes, some well crafted banners, and some bad singing – Trish and I fitted in well at the Science is Vital rally on Saturday. It was organised very quickly as an emergency response to … Continue reading

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One Child Policy Brings Many Problems


It has been suggested that the world population could increase to over 9 billion by 2050. This overpopulation will require a doubling of global food production and lead to many other problems besides. But what is the alternative? Four decades … Continue reading

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Can science feed us?


Predictions suggest the world’s population will peak in 40 years time at 9 billion, and to feed them all we need a 40% increase in food production. In a recent review, Valentí Rull from the Botanical Institute of Barcelona questioned whether … Continue reading

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