New Study Reveals Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Extinction

Mammal extinction is not simply something from the dim and distant past. In 1680 Sir Ewen Cameron killed the last Scottish Wolf in Killiecrankie (Perthshire). In 1786, the last wolf was killed in Ireland. So what other mammals once existed in the British Isles and when did they go extinct? Here is a brief list (culled from here) … Read moreNew Study Reveals Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Christianity Is Not Turning Green

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Do you consider your attitude towards the environment to be green to one degree or another? There is an article within Scientific American that highlights that US Christians have not really changed their environmental views over the last two decades. The basis for this article is a new study that examined many decades of gallop … Read moreChristianity Is Not Turning Green

Trump Nominee Kathleen Hartnett White blocked

Kathleen Hartnett White

Last November I was writing about the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to head the Council on Environmental Quality. She was up before a senate committee to endorse her in the role and I was at that time mulling over just how grossly inappropriate she was for that position. Not the right person If you searched diligently … Read moreTrump Nominee Kathleen Hartnett White blocked

Who represents the US at COP23?

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There is an official US delegation attending the Climate conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23). Given that they represent a climate change denying anti-science administration, their remit is as insane as you might anticipate. As explained by the New York Times recently … The Trump administration will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an … Read moreWho represents the US at COP23?

The deal we dare not turn down

Sometimes it is simply appropriate to, coffee shop style, slap an article down and announce, “You must read this”. Well, this is one of those occasions, because Johann Hari says it far better than I ever could …

Sometimes, there are hinge-points in human history -moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out. Usually, we can only see them when we look back from a distance. In 1793, the great democrat Thomas Paine said the French Revolution shouldn’t betray its principles by killing the King, because it would trigger an orgy of blood-letting that would eventually drown them all. They threw him in jail. In 1919, the great economist John Maynard Keynes said the European powers shouldn’t humiliate Germany, because it would catalyze extreme nationalism and produce another world war. They ignored him. In 1953, a handful of US President Dwight Eisenhower’s advisors urged him not to destroy Iranian democracy and kidnap its Prime Minister, because it would have a reactionary ripple-effect that lasted decades. They refused to listen.

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