The long cool wet summer persists

In England and Wales, we did not need the news to tell us that this has been the wettest summer for a hundred years and one of the summers with the least direct sunshine. We can blame the wet and colder than usual weather on the jet stream, which positioned itself further southerly than normal, causing those of us that like to sit in the sun, barbeque or just play cricket to look for indoor pursuits of leisure. What we do not know is why the jet stream decided to position itself further south. Continue reading

Fireworks for the Blind

I started this blog as a good way of trying to trawl for ideas about the environment and to provide a fertilisation device for my own ideas about the environment. I could think of no better way. Writing has a permanence that does not exist in speech which most dissolves into air, leaving perhaps a seed which may flourish and grow as it is written. It matters not who does the writing, but who does the reading and the effect that the reading of the writing has on other minds. Continue reading

What is all the fuss about – carbon dioxide emissions by source – a very simple guide

It is very hard to be accurate because no one has a measuring stick that is large enough, by the planet earth is in a constant state of emitting carbon dioxide – from natural combustion, volcanoes, respiration of animals, land disturbance and by simple release from the oceans (which also absorb carbon dioxide). Mankind (or would it be more correct to say humanity) is responsible for somewhere between 3% and 5% of annual worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.

Why then, should we be worried about anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide which most scientists hold to blame for the rapid recent global warming and their expected future global warming? Continue reading

Tacky Prince Harry

There has been a lot of fuss about Prince Harry, a wealthy 28 year old who is third in line for the throne of England and many other countries, going to Las Vegas and getting naked and getting snapped being naked. Apparently what goes in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas but travels round the internet and newspapers of the world. I am not concerned about this story except for one aspect of it, which has barely been reported. It seems that Harry did not have to pay a bill of about $30,000 for staying at the hotel. He was given a freebie by the hotel owner.  Now that, to me, is far more tacky than anything that may have gone on in the privacy of the hotel room.  Heirs to the throne should not be beholden to or scrounge off hoteliers and casino operators, especially when the heir has at least £28 million in his own right. I mean, how much more tacky can you get?

Professor Robert Watson and Cassandra

Targets are a hit and miss affair and governmental and international targets more than most. The problem is that once a target is set the underlying reason for the target is forgotten and the target becomes a means in itself. Continue reading

Fighting Climate Change

To fight climate change we must understand climate change completely. To understand climate change completely we must be cleverer than we are at present because we understand almost nothing completely. To understand climate change incompletely we must simply be as we are now. There are degrees of incomplete knowledge; our incomplete knowledge of climate change is sufficient to enable us to fight it. To fight climate change incompletely we must try to fight and then then hope that what we try will succeed. Fighting climate change does not secure a victory; it merely gives us a possibility of victory. If we do not succeed in fighting climate change we shall perish. If we succeed in fighting climate change we have a chance of not perishing. It is probably as simple as that.

Sounds We Hear

We are surrounded by music which we do not hear and to which we do not listen. We are surrounded by the noise of the city and the noise of the countryside, wherever we live. We hear white noise when we fly and grey noise when we sleep. We listen to nothing, not even ourselves or our desires or our wants because we have been taught to control ourselves as we live in order to live at peace with others. We need to co-ordinate our words with what we hear, our sounds with our music. We need to listen to the music and not the sounds.