Category Archives: Environment

Italian Sea Snails Go Macho

Most of the stories we see in the news about “sex change chemicals” in the environment focus on male animals turning into females, with the blame often being placed on the use of contraceptives by human women. But all sorts … Continue reading

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Weather FYI

Apparently the weather has been totally whacko in Brazil as well. Just sayin’.

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All About the Numbers

Here’s a lovely post by Oliver Morton on how people are unclear on the concept when it comes to carbon emission reduction. Sadly, because this does involve politicians and journalists having a basic understanding of science and math, I suspect … Continue reading

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Politics and Pollution

I’ve written before about the effect of complex chemical pollutants on the environment, in particular the “feminization” of animals such as fish and amphibians. There is little doubt that significant changes are being seen in many animal populations, and there … Continue reading

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It’s a Global Economy

Remember all those people celebrating the “death of capitalism” and saying how the world would be a much better place because of the economic troubles? Well, one of the effects of those troubles has been a massive collapse in the … Continue reading

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Risks of Geoengineering

It appears that terraforming is now known as geoengineering. Whether this is because you can only terraform worlds that are not actually dear old Terra, or whether someone decided that they needed a word that was not tainted by association … Continue reading

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Planet Earth

After many evening of happy viewing I have finally come to the end of the BBC’s Planet Earth series (thank you, Kevin!). I’ve seen a fair amount of nature programming in my time, and I have to admit that this … Continue reading

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Because Climate is Complex

There’s an interesting article over at Nature on the effect of aircraft contrails on climate. As you may remember, the lack of air travel in the days immediately following 9/11 coincided with a significant rise in average temperatures in the … Continue reading

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Live From the AGU

Oliver Morton and some of his colleagues from Nature are blogging from the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. There’s lot of good climate science and space material there.

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An Endangered Gender

Today’s Independent contains a classic science scare story. It alleges that, because of certain types of chemicals that have been commonly used in recent times, the male gender is under threat, throughout the animal kingdom. Some of this is doubtless … Continue reading

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Katrina & The Waves

OK, so I’m sure I haven’t been the first person to use that pun about New Orleans, but it seemed appropriate given the subject matter of this post.

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We Have Turtles!

In amongst all of the doom and gloom, here’s an environmental feel-good story: leatherback turtles are visiting California again. Apparently they have been attracted by larger than usual swarms of jellyfish, which are a favorite delicacy: Hungry as they are, … Continue reading

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The Planet is Leaking

With all of the fuss about financial markets I completely missed this potentially more serious story. I just caught up with it via Nature, and they don’t seem too worried right now, but it has a small potential to be … Continue reading

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Become an Emissions Trader

It seems to be a good day for news that fits both my work and my blog. This time the subject is carbon emissions trading.

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Green Trains

Here is a birthday post for Kevin: Nature on the greening of the railways.

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The Recycling Business

One of the things that always depresses me about coming back to the UK is the ridiculous level of bureaucracy surrounding recycling. I know it is different in different parts of the country, but here in Darkest Somerset there are … Continue reading

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Another Weather Record

Scarcely a summer goes by without the UK media reporting some weather event as the most extreme “since records began”. It gets a bit predictable. This one, however, is a good one. A climate scientist from the University of Colorado … Continue reading

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Smileys Can Save the Planet

Being an energy economist by trade, I take an interest in ideas that might help encourage people to use less energy, and thereby do their bit to combat climate change. Sometimes the simplest things work best, as this post on … Continue reading

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Earth Hour Tomorrow (and some economics)

Yes, this is another one of those international “everyone do something” events. Tomorrow the World Wildlife Fund is asking everyone to turn off their lights (and hopefully most other energy-using appliances as well) for an hour. It will be 8:00pm … Continue reading

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Saving the World by Eating

Suppose you were an absolute whiz at genetic engineering, what would you set your sights upon making? Unicorns? Domestic cats with tiger markings? Broccoli that tastes like chocolate? Beer that doesn’t give you a hangover? All sorts of ideas come … Continue reading

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