Tag Archives: Environment

View from the office window

June is my favourite month. Spring has drifted quietly into Summer, and the days are nearly at their longest. The weather can only continue to get better, and there’s everything still to look forward to.

Some days may bring storms, but at this time of year it’s much easier to remember that on the whole, life is good.

After sustainability – what then?

Climate change is a very real danger, but one that we are already well on the way to fixing. Without wanting to sound complacent, I think it’s a challenge that the current generation will solve. But what then? Do we simply want to avoid affecting the Earth’s climate, like environmentalists say? Or should we aspire to actively manage it? Continue reading

I was wrong about nuclear power

Many years ago, a young idealistic Physics graduate set out to make the world a better place. He perceived that one of the greatest technological challenges facing his generation was the need to replace fossil fuels with a clean energy source, to avoid the impending disaster of global warming. He saw the obvious solution to that problem – nuclear power – and decided to dedicate his working life to making nuclear power cheap, safe and abundant. Continue reading

Reasons for optimism

To kick off 2015, I’ve compiled a list of 10 good facts you probably won’t hear on the news. Continue reading

Wealth is knowledge – poverty is ignorance

technologyGive unlimited resources to a caveman and he will chop down trees and burn them as firewood.

Give unlimited resources to a Victorian and he will burn coal to power a steam engine. Continue reading

You are awesome

Congratulations on making it here. You’re a survivor. Not only did you survive childbirth, childhood and however many years you’ve lived since (an achievement that sadly most humans in history didn’t manage), but so did your parents, your grand-parents, and all your ancestors back to some single-celled organism swimming through ancient seas. Continue reading

Politics and purity

Politics and purity make strange bedfellows.

Here I’m discussing how the moral foundation of Purity influences our political tendencies. This is the last of the five core moral foundations that I’ve been examining in this series. The others were Caring, Fairness, Loyalty and Authority. Continue reading

One billion good reasons to be afraid

65 million years ago an enormous lump of rock – a comet or asteroid over a mile in diameter – crashed into the Earth at enormous speed – perhaps 200 times the speed of sound – leaving a crater 193 km wide and 48 km deep.

Think about that for a moment. Continue reading

Spring is near

115_1545I was out frolicking in the garden this morning before work, and I couldn’t stop myself from taking photos. Although it’s still Winter, there are signs of Spring everywhere. Bulbs are thrusting up through the soil, buds are poised ready to open, and some early flowers are already brightening up the dark days of February. Very soon it will be peak growing time here in the garden, but for now everything is on the cusp, waiting …

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How to live to 100

In my Live to 100 series I’ve examined various places around the world (the Greek island of Ikaria, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Andorra, Spain, Australia and Iceland) where the population enjoys exceptional longevity and good health into old age, and for each place I extracted a list of rules for healthy living. Now I’m pulling these together to find out what’s common to all or most of these locations. In short, I am about to reveal to you the secret of longevity.

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