Category Archives: environment

New diseases are a predictable result of our attack on nature

This was one of my conclusions in 1972, after 9 months of studying the available evidence. We have had “lucky” calls with Ebola, Zika, SARS, AIDS and several others. Our luck is still holding: despite the global panic, COVID19 is … Continue reading

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Virus or no, climate change is still a bigger threat

COVID19 may well end up killing millions of people. It is a severe crisis. However, climate change has already killed tens of millions of people, and is likely to kill billions. So, it is important to understand the natural mechanisms … Continue reading

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Spend less money to save the world

This is Katherine Martinko’s message, and not for the first time. Even if you have read my essay, How to change the world, you will gain from reading Katherine’s brief essay. As usual, I went looking for a royalty-free image … Continue reading

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Red snow celebrates summer in Antarctic autumn

You can see more spectacular pics on the Facebook page of an Ukrainian Antarctic research station, but they are copyrighted. The red colour is an algal bloom. This is perfectly natural in high summer, and the algae are food for … Continue reading

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An inspiring modern explorer

David is from one of the wealthiest families on Earth, but instead of doing a playboy, or using money and power to steal from poor people, or playing games that hurtle us toward extinction, he is doing the opposite. Please … Continue reading

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Two of my favourite young women meet

That’s Malala and Greta.

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Great Australian Bight SAVED

The Great Australian Bight is one of the marine wonderlands of this planet. It is the breeding place for several whale species. Its kelp forests are under attack from warming waters, but even so are the home of many endangered … Continue reading

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No, I won’t jump off the planet

Once a month, I participate in Rhobin Courtright’s round robin on writing. This month’s topic was how politics influences what I write. Well, it STRANGLES MY WRITING! The issue inspired me to write a major essay on how to cope … Continue reading

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India will stop importing thermal coal by 2024

Good news indeed, although part of their way of doing it is to mine more coal in India. However, they do have one of the world’s most ambitious large scale solar plans as well. Australian politics has been riven by … Continue reading

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Web intelligence

No, I am not referring to the internet, but to that wonderful web-creating form of life, spiders. This New Scientist article demonstrates that a spider’s web is as much a part of its intelligence as, say, my computer is mine, … Continue reading

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