environmental studies

The ecological beauty of human hair

I happened to pick up a copy of Audubon magazine over the weekend. I admit that I'd thought of it as rather dull, a publication for retirees with too many pets and obsessed about animal protection above all other environmental concerns. But I was wrong. It was full of beautifully written articles about a wide range of ecological issues, with a strong science and ecology focus which fits well with my current work on sustainability. I happened to read an essay about fog that was so good I called my [...]

April 1st, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Your ecological footprint (and mine)

I'm a little shocked by the results of this Earth Day Footprint Quiz. Try it out: a salutary reminder of some of the things that have most impact. I'll be digging a little deeper to find out how their measurements work. BTW, the programming on the front page doesn't work very well, so be patient. The quiz will open after you choose your country and language if you give it some time.

December 22nd, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Nature-Deficit Disorder

I was in the bookshop picking up Teach Yourself German, because I'm leaving for Frankfurt on Monday, and happened to spot a book called Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. What a pleasure to see that such an important subject is being tackled, and published. The jacket copy is a little overloaded with pop culture allusions like "a nature-child reunion," but if that's what it takes to get people to tune into a shift that isn't just an abstract problem but a real loss for [...]

October 12th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

A third way with biotechnology

It always amuses me that corporations would tell us to trust them, as if they were priests or surgeons instead of merchants, hawking their goods as best they can. They talk as though their leadership role model is Mother Teresa instead of Henry Ford. They want to feed the developing world, right? Rice with Vitamin A, that life-transforming grain developed by the philanthropists at Monsanto. What they carefully ignore, and Greens don

February 14th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Environmental studies, lesson 1

I remember one year when spring came far too early in London, daffodils and forsythia started to open in January. Environmental issues were getting a lot of attention in the press, and people were confused.

January 5th, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |