Brexit the political oxygen sucker

The extraordinary muddle over Brexit only underlines what a tragedy Brexit is.  Not necessarily because a no deal may be an economic disaster, that would remain to be seen, but because it is sucking all the political oxygen away from the far greater  issue which is climate change.  Even after March 29th the fixation and the settling down will go on for years.  Many Brexiteers are also climate sceptics. They would say the scientists have been predicting an environmental apocalypse for fifty years and it hasn't happened yet.  It is a totally facile argument.  They do not understand the science...

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Pooh experts!

Pretty much every competent economic authority in the world is telling us that a hard Brexit would be a disaster for Britain. "Pooh experts! what do they know about it? These are the people who told us that not joining the Euro would be disastrous". Actually they didn't. If you remember Gordon Brown asked the economists in the treasury if the euro would pass five tests and on their advice we didn't join. Pretty much every climate scientist is telling us we are preparing a hell on earth for our children if we don't do more about climate. "Pooh...

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A Catastrophe So Vast It Will Engulf Every Person in the World

The scientists are now solemnly warning us that we have only a few years to avoid an environmental catastrophe so vast it will engulf every person in the world. But people don't believe them. It is as if every vulcanologist in the world were warning the people of Pompeii that Vesuvius was going to explode but they partied on, for, after all, the dailies Sop, Pap, Quibble and Rubbish were all assuring them it was just scaremongering. Horrors so great that before they happen you cannot even imagine them nevertheless do happen. How many people in 1939 could even...

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electric food

from George Monbiot writing in The Guardian 3/x/18 It’s not about “them”, it’s about us. The horrific rate of biological annihilation reported this week – 60% of the Earth’s vertebrate wildlife gone since 1970 – is driven primarily by the food industry. Farming and fishing are the major causes of the collapse of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Meat – consumed in greater quantities by the rich than by the poor – is the strongest cause of all. We may shake our heads in horror at the clearance of forests, the drainage of wetlands, the slaughter of predators and the...

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The hell on earth we are preparing for our children

Dear Reverend  Every Vicar,   Perhaps you have remarked the striking parallels between the dire warnings that the climate scientists are giving us and the descriptions of the last times that we read in the synoptic gospels.  I am writing to you in near despair with regard to the future of our children and to express my dismay that the clergy – and forgive me if you are one of the exceptions - have failed so abysmally to give a moral lead on the greatest moral issue of our time, and indeed any time.  The evidence that climate change is man-made...

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Could we ever see Category 6?

Climatologists use five types to categorize hurricanes running from 1 to 5, 5 being the most severe. A 5 is defined as a hurricane that is anything above 157 mph.  Last year Hurricane Patricia reached 215 mph which is a record for the Western Hemisphere.  Could we ever see even more severe storm events that might be categorized as an as yet unknown Category 6? Computer models are the best, indeed only way we have to picture future events and are notoriously less than perfect, as nobody knows precisely what the speculative future information fed into them will precisely be.  Nevertheless,...

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As for that idiot Noah…

What would you do if all the prophets were telling you there is a great flood coming but then in the last ten years more oil has been discovered in the Permian basin in Texas than there is in Saudi Arabia and astronomical amounts of fractable gas not to mention quite a bit in Lancashire?  Would you say those prophets are ignorant scare mongers my grandma says there were floods when she was a girl and anyway I read an article saying it was all nonsense in The Daily Mail and as for that idiot Noah trying to build...

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Vegan or Not?

There is no question that we should all be eating less meat.  Or is it better to eat no meat? The greatest  advantage of being a vegan is that it takes much less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater.  If everyone were a vegan the world could easily feed itself and there would be plenty of room for wild life.  You might well think too that despite the sticker humane, taking animals out of their fields and carting them off to death camps is extremely inhumane.  Added to which the health benefits are considerable and (unexpectedly...

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