Africa – From Cradle to Grave?

This is an updated version of a paper written in February 2013 for Population Matters (www.populationmatters.org) and is reproduced here by kind permission. Photographs by me! 50km to the north of Johannesburg is the World Heritage site known as The Cradle of Humanity. The name reflects the fact that the site has produced one of…

How Green Is Your Government?

In May 2010, a couple of days after the election David Cameron and Chris Huhne, the then Energy Minister, visited the Department of Energy & Climate Change.  During the visit the Prime Minister said that he wanted the new coalition to be “the greenest Government ever” and added “There is a fourth minister in this…

Not how I wanted to start

Welcome to my first post on my first blog, but this is not how I had wanted to kick off.  Here is the text of a BBC report today: More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory by poachers who used cyanide to poison a water hole in Zimbabwe’s largest game park.  Tourism…