February 9, 2015
September 12, 2014
There is a 97 per cent consensus among scientists. Ice caps are melting. Sea temperatures are rising. And yet we’ve dumped 200 billion tonnes of CO₂ into the atmosphere in the last seven years. Are we in denial about climate change and, as a result, unwilling to even talk about it?
Will climate change ever be discussed down the pub?
July 29, 2014
I have just returned from the British Science Festival which was its usual mix of thought-provoking talks and inspiring people, all of whom were united by their determination to answer some of society’s most pressing questions. One question raised was how to reduce carbon emissions in the face of continued dependency on fossil fuels? The International Energy Alliance (IEA) estimates that by 2050 our energy demands will have doubled, but renewable energy sources will only meet approximately 30 percent of that demand. How can we bridge this gap and still hit our emissions targets?
If I asked you what do you think is the most illegally traded mammal in the world, what would you reply? Elephant? Tiger? Rhino, even? You’ll be surprised to hear that the answer is the pangolin. Surprised perhaps because you may not even know what one is. And this is part of the pangolin’s problem. As today’s headlines report, they are being eaten to extinction and yet most people couldn’t even begin to describe what a pangolin looks like. This lack of awareness makes keeping them off the menu a real challenge.