Fruits of the Earth

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is now upon us. It is for me a sad time of the year. We no longer consume the fruits of autumn in the way did did in past times. Most fruits that reach us come from places thousands of miles away or are forced to grow in factories not farms, in heated greenhouses and plastic tunnels.  Continue reading

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Latest Measurements

The monthly mean average of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at Mona Loa for July 2015 was 401.30 parts per million compared with the July 2014 figure of 399.00 ppm.

It seems that the next twelve months measurements will, for the first time, all exceed 400 ppm.

Risking the Lives of Your Children

If you are safe in one place but wish to get a better life with better prospects for your young family, what risks should you take to achieve your ambition?  Continue reading

On the Death of a Child

One picture of a dead infant on a beach can produce a greater effect on humanity than a hundred thousand words describing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. We understand small things; big things become incomprehensible. Continue reading

Biting the Hand that Feeds Us

Biting the hand that feeds is a natural instinct. Intelligence in those who must be fed is often underdeveloped in the immature and cannot distinguish between the food and the means of giving food and, of course, biting is a natural instinct to a hungry being. Sometimes beings consume the hand that feeds and the parts connected to that hand. Continue reading

The New Plastic Diet

More than nine out of ten sea birds have some plastic in their gut. They do not knowingly eat plastic, but there is so much plastic debris in the ocean that the birds have little choice. Sea birds eat fish amongst other things and fish also ingest plastic, again not for nutrition but by mistake or because they eat things that contain plastic. Continue reading