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Category Archives: Environment

Boarder Guards

Spanish fishermen have sailed into disputed waters off Gibraltar to protest about a reef put there by the British territory’s government. The fishermen say the reef restricts their right to fish, but Gibraltar says they should not be fishing there. Gibraltar police said the protest, which lasted an hour and passed off without incident, ended […]

Pacu Man

Experts have warned Swedish men to keep their swimming trunks on if taking a dip in a sound off the country’s southern coast, after a South American fish known for attacking testicles was discovered in the area. The alert came after a fisherman in the Oresund Sound last week retrieved a 21 centimetre pacu – […]

Fracking Hell

The whole of the country must “get behind fracking”, which ought to get “real public support” once its benefits are explained, David Cameron has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said he wanted all of the UK to benefit from shale gas drilling – “north or south”. The prime minister moved to allay concerns […]

Please Reconsider

The Turkish government has signed a deal with a Japanese-French consortium to build a new nuclear power station. The $22bn (£14bn) contract is Japan’s first successful bid for an overseas nuclear project since a tsunami wrecked the Fukushima power station. The deal was signed by visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Turkish Prime Minister Recep […]

Bilbo baggage

The further back you can look, the further forward you are likely to see. Winston Churchill. With the release of the first film of The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, the blogosphere is rife with Middle Earth allusions. My favourite is Frances Woolley’s wonderful post (with some great comments) The Macroeconomics of Middle Earth, though […]

Scientists found guilty for ‘causing’ earthquake deaths

I was very interested to read that some scientists had been found guilty of manslaughter in relation to advice given about an earthquake: Six Italian scientists and a government official have been found guilty of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009. They were sentenced to six years […]

Beanz Meanz Deathz

Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with their flatulence, say researchers. British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus. By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs – as a whole – produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually. They […]

Last Trump

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could “completely end” tourism in Scotland and the country is “in effect committing financial suicide”. Mr Trump said he would not have built his golf course in the north east of Scotland if he had known about plans to install turbines off the coast there. He […]

Quit while you’re behind…

As I’ve written previously, Christmas is an ancient pagan rite, its relationship to the baby in the feedbox tenuous at best. However, it is a rite, and with rites come repetition (indeed, that is the point). Research bears out the common hunch that the important bits of religion are in its rituals, not theology: this […]

Eye Candy du Jour

In case you wondered how the French could afford to keep it lit up all the time, now you know… A lightning bolt appears to strike the iconic Eiffel Tower while the Paris landmark is seen illuminated in vibrant blue lights. Amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik captured the shot which will appear in an exhibition titled […]