Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

New Zealand is losing its glaciers

April 5th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

A recent article in the “Guardian” news paper noted: “New Zealand’s glaciers are becoming “smaller and more skeletal” due to the effects of climate change and scientists predict many could disappear within a decade. An annual end-of-summer survey that records the snowline of more than 50 South Island glaciers has revealed continued loss of snow […]

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Word of the day: ruminant

October 22nd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I’d never come across this word until recently when I was reading an article about the climate crisis. I checked it out and found that a ruminant is an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives. Ruminants produce a huge […]

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Does anyone still seriously doubt that the climate is changing?

July 22nd, 2021 by Roger Darlington

This is the latest Weatherwatch from the “Guardian” newspaper: A deluge of rain has inundated parts of western Germany and Belgium over the past week, caused by a slow-moving low pressure system that led to catastrophic flooding. Several rainfall records were smashed, including Mannheim in south-west Germany, which usually receives 70mm (2.7in) in an average […]

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Word of the day: ecocide

April 16th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels. The panel coordinating the initiative is chaired by Professor Philippe Sands QC, of University College London, and Florence […]

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Word of the day: Anthropocene

April 15th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

The ‘Anthropocene’ is a term increasingly used to define a new planetary era: one in which humans have become the dominant force shaping Earth’s bio-geophysical composition and processes. Initially emerging in the earth sciences as the name for a proposed new geological epoch, the Anthropocene has been widely adopted across academia as a catch-all description […]

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Word of the day: biome

March 13th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

A biome is a collection of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in. They can be found over a range of continents. Biomes are distinct biological communities that have formed in response to a shared physical climate. Biome is a broader term than habitat; any biome can comprise a variety of habitats. I confess that I had never heard this word […]

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What happens when the world’s population stops growing?

July 15th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Most adults around the globe – me included – have contributed to the relentless rise in the world’s population which has devastated the planet. Today the world population stands at 7.8 billion and it is still growing – but this will not always be the case with huge consequences. You can find a good estimate […]

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Think coronavirus is the worst thing that could happen to the world? Think again. It could be worse, much much worse. Feeling better now?

April 26th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Things are tough just now, right? You want to be cheered up, don’t you? Well, consider this: things could be much worse. The existence of humankind is not a given. There are a variety of existential threats out there and, put is this way, the odds could be better. I was reminded of this by […]

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50 simple ways to make your life greener

February 29th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

We all need to our bit to respond to the climate emergency facing our planet. We can’t all do the same things, but this article provides expert tips on how to be kinder to the planet – from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance. Please choose at least one.

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It’s World Toilet Day – and that’s no joke

November 19th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation – more than half the global population. 673 million people still practise open defecation worldwide. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year and is a major factor in diseases […]

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