Category Archives: Environment

Which Fossil Fuel?


Sunday on Facebook: My wife reads the daily newspaper, once described by the Duke of Edinburgh as being “Bloody Awful”. I have eventually been persuaded to change my car and find that my wife is opposed to vehicles that use diesel for fuel. No! She’s not a rabid environmentalist, my eventual research into why she holds such views turns out to be the reality of banning fossil fuelled ‘new cars’ in 2040. Any ban on new vehicle fuels is likely to apply to all fossil fuelled vehicles. Being driven by a ‘political hope’, or perhaps more aptly — by ‘political wishful thinking’ — that the energy source of declared environmentally friendly powered vehicles will not ultimately create a comparable amount of environmental pollution.  Read more of this post

Cassandra & Growth


This week on Facebook: Am I a rabid follower of Malthus obsessed with an ever growing global population and a believer in Bartlett concerned about the consequences of ignoring the mathematical exponential function? I would like to think not, but I do suggest that a correlation between Malthus and Bartlett could be found the horse manure problem of the late nineteenth century driven by needs and wants of growing economies. Read more of this post

Physiologie du Goût


This week on Facebook: Perhaps not as quite lighthearted as first intended. I first researched entomophagy for a post published 2 years ago with the title A Tale Of two Maggots. Following my articles posted on Facebook over the previous 2 weeks this seemed an appropriate time to reintroduce entomophagy, those in search of a global solution to the human global desire for protein may find answers this week. Of course, it’s not the ideal solution but it’s probably better than Soylent Green Crackers just like grandmas used to tastealthough I suspect that the missing apostrophe is quite deliberate and intended irony perhaps. My grandma was an iron lady, she was the only survivor of five children, lived through the 2 world wars and ate far less protein than we do today — seeming to live on dry Ryvita biscuits. (I don’t recall her eating the tripe she prepared for grandad). Read more of this post

Teach a man to fish!


This week on Facebook: My attention turned to fish and the ever increasing global demand for sources of protein. I often mention in conversations with a friend what I call my Tesco Tuna Test, the contention being that cheap tins of Tuna — usually sold as 3 tins wrapped together — is only possible when the supply continues to exceed (or match) the demand. The demand is clearly going to increase, along with the price and the eventual reduction in the global supply of supply of tuna. If the TTT provides a measure of global overfishing by the price of wrapped tins of tuna divided by the weight of tuna therein, it will also increase. It’s difficult to predict what number in the TTT would represent global overfishing, especially as that number has already been reached, but perhaps it may represent the rate at which global overfishing is occurring. This assumes that supermarkets, their suppliers and consumers of tuna, actually care as the TTT has yet to begin a recognisable (and inevitable) exponential rise. Read more of this post

Down on the farm


This week on Facebook: I have posted some articles on factory farming, also known as intensive farming as it applies to the maintenance of livestock, a really difficult subject area that is compounded by global economics. The availability of meat in developed economies has hidden the real cost of its production both in terms of animal husbandry and environmental pollution. A world with the seemingly inexorable growth in the global population and its desire for affordable food, especially meat, would seem to be leading towards not only an environmental catastrophe but an increasing lack of human compassion. Read more of this post

Points about Hinkley


This week on Facebook: A conversation with a friend drew my attention to Hinkley Point and the cost. In researching the cost of what is termed Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor the estimated construction costs alone are running at £18 billion and rising. Finding an estimated overall project cost on Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor — from conception to decommissioning — is very difficult as those financially involved in the project are quite coy about pricing. Read more of this post

Heaven’s Gate — The Great Plains


This week on Facebook: My attention was drawn to the death of Michael Cimino who died early this month, remembered more for his epic disaster in directing the film Heaven’s Gate than his cinematic successes that led him to it. I am an aficionado of western movies and despite its critics Heavens Gate was no exception. I saw the demise of the Great Plains as being implicit to Cimino’s theme of the Johnson County war. Hollywood has exploited the origins of this despoliation of the Great Plains in films such as Dances With Wolves and Cimino’s Heavens Gate. His allusions in Heaven’s Gate are still valid in the history of the Great Plains which, in less than 200 years, the intervention of man — unwitting or not — has endangered its environmental stability and continues to do so.  Read more of this post

A Tale of Two Maggots


An article that I read supporting Malthusian theory and concerning vegans and speciesism, reminded me of entomophagy, which I introduced in Jiminy Cricket. Those readers who recognise ‘A Tale of Two Maggots’ as an allusion to Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, should be aware that the French connection is not Les Deux Magots. This is the name of a famous Paris restaurant that I used as my setting for Marrano. Located in St-Germain-des-Prés, the restaurant is named after the two figurines (les deux magots) on display and has no connection with maggots or entomophagy. Read more of this post

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