Muddle

Politics is probably the best best breeding ground for a particular variety of intellectual activity, demonstrated for years by politicians of every hue.  This activity is called ‘muddled thinking’ and is the cornerstone of all strategic policy making.  It involves thinking about strategic policy in isolation.  I don’t mean only thinking about strategic policy, but…

How Green is Your Government Revisited

It’s not just me – 41 organisations including the World Wildlife Fund, RSPB and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England no less also think David Cameron’s government is failing to fulfill HIS promises.  BBC report dated 19 November 2013 reads: The government is failing to deliver a third of its commitments to protect the…

Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics

In a recent BBC2 programme statistical entertainer Hans Rosling demonstrated that you can prove any idea, no matter how bizarre, using statistics.  Starting with your desired outcome and then finding statistical support for it may work for commercial business cases but is no way to systematically, scientifically and holistically investigate a proposition as serious as…

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…

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…