The Menace of Humanity

The human species is the most intelligent animal on Earth, but isn’t it sad that it uses its intelligence mainly for perverse and malevolent purposes?  We are overly and inexplicably arrogant about our ‘rights’, but have little or no regard to our responsibilities as custodians of the well-being of the planet for future generations, and…

Another one bites the dust!

Congratulations to the human race – we have succeeded in eradicating yet another sub species, but this time it’s a fairly major triumph.  Here’s a BBC report from 9 November 2013: No wild black rhinos remain in West Africa, according to the latest global assessment of threatened species.  The Red List, drawn up by the…

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…

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…