Migration: we broke it and therefore we bought it

If the environment where people live is destroyed or degraded then the people who live there will move elsewhere. The most important factor in destruction or degradation of the environment is humanity. By greed humanity destroys the environment in particular places; it cuts down forests, it creates vast quantities of carbon dioxide as a by-product of the things it does to satisfy its greed and it makes war for reasons of fear and greed. Continue reading

The Stuff that Dreams are Made on

The news of a scandal about carbon credits in Russia and Ukraine is unsurprising. The whole system of carbon credits involves paying people not to produce something that we do not want. It is an attempt to create a market in something that is both economically useless and dangerous by bribing industries not to produce the stuff.  Continue reading

You pays your money…

Some sources claim that the present drought in California has nothing to do with anthropogenic climate change. California has a long history of drought from time to time, and the primary reason is probably twofold; the extraction of water from watercourses on a mammoth scale and the weather patterns that afflict the state from time to time. Continue reading

Too Much and Too Little

Many people have died recently as a result of exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in Burma, Vietnam and south eastern India. The rains have caused landslides, polluted water courses and even though there is water everywhere it is undrinkable.  Continue reading

More and More and Andmoreagain

The latest measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide at Mona Loa in June 2015 was 402.80 parts per million compared with 401.15 ppm in June 2015. The rate of increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide is now more than 2ppm per annum.

It strikes me that we should now not only increase with our rather feeble efforts to limit emissions  but also use our resources to ensure that humanity can adapt to the global warming which now seems inevitable.

And if you’ll see Andmoreagain
Then you will know Andmoreagain
For you can see you in her eyes
Then you feel your heart beating
Thrum-pum-pum-pum

 

The times they are a changing

I was annoyed to read that some scientists had reported that in future the British Isles will have longer bursts of heat waves and be warmer, as a result of global warming. The story was widely reported. I am sure, as far as I can be, that global warming is taking place and that the climate of these islands will be different in future from its present climate, but I do understand that when predicting the future there are literally more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our science. Continue reading

The Long Run

In Karachi and the surrounding areas of Pakistan many people are suffering from heat exhaustion and some are dead as a result of very high summer temperatures. Karachi is a city of some twenty million inhabitants. It has poor infrastructural services – electricity is in short supply and clean water is short in summer- and this makes life almost unlivable when temperatures reach 45 Centigrade, as they have recently. The record temperature recorded at Karachi is 47 degrees Centigrade, which it hit in 1979. This is not a pleasant start to Ramadan. Continue reading