Selling Our Future for Votes

Politicians are using energy bill bribes to secure votes.  First it was the Labour party and now the SNP are attempting to bribe Scottish voters to vote for independence with a substantial reduction in ‘green’ levies resulting in savings on electricity bills.  Both cases demonstrate how disconnected politicians are from key issues of resource depletion,…

Sustainababble – what does sustainability actually mean?

‘Sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’ are two words that crop up in writing or talking about conservation or environmental issues almost more frequently than other buzzwords or phrases, but with often little understanding of their meaning.  Particularly with regard to population, what exactly is a sustainable population?  The answer is that it depends on the lifestyle that…

Appendix to ‘Africa – From Cradle to Grave?’

My earlier post ‘Africa – From Cradle to Grave?’ dealt almost entirely with the impact of a rapidly expanding population in Africa on wildlife, but ignored a potentially obvious problem for humans.  A recent October 2013 BBC news item reported that Africa apparently has over 50 dollar billionaires, as well as goodness knows how many…

Good News!!

Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers.  They believe that protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas and into cities have helped Europe’s wildlife to recover.  The analysis was carried out by the Zoological Society of London, Birdlife and the European Bird Census…