Category Archives: Environment

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 […]

Trippy Skippy

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said. Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine. She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on […]

Putting your money where your mouth is

For those who live overseas, the Australian Prime Minister has recently unveiled a plan to introduce a carbon tax, after brokering an acceptable deal with independent and Green MPs. In this post, I want to look at a possibly interesting shift in opinion about the need for direct action on climate change, upon which the […]

Hamster Law

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about animals and how the law can best protect animals whose habitats are threatened by development. Little did I think that I might hear of a European case, nor did I think that case would involve European hamsters. In fact, I didn’t even know that there were […]

Eye Candy Overdose

From one extreme of human engineering achievement, to another. The picture was taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli as he left the International Space Station in May in a Soyuz capsule to return to Earth. Safety procedures mean the Russian vehicle would never normally be in transit when a shuttle is present. It makes this […]

The Scotland Bill

… is likely to be £6 – £8 billion. That’s the likely oil-based revenue that stands to be removed from British coffers if Scotland restored Independence and withdrew its share of North Sea assets (previously established in both The Continental Shelf Act 1964 and the Continental Shelf (Jurisdiction) Order 1968 as the UK North Sea […]

Property and animals

A while ago back on the blog, we were having a debate about whether the idea of property, and private property in particular, is a peculiarly human thing. Certainly, I think animals have a notion of territory. Sometimes they have a very strong notion, and will chase any interlopers off their territory. Our dog had […]

Because I want to…

There was an interesting article in The Australian today that the “Bright burning star at the birth of King Charles II was supernova, Cassiopeia A” but when I went looking for a better picture I found this one of centaurus instead. NASA APOD, April 13th – Centaurus Radio Jets Rising Credit: Ilana Feain, Tim Cornwell […]

Police Farce

[with grovelling apologies to the ghost of William Wordsworth] Police rushed a pair of officers in a marked car to a park after two young sisters were spotted picking daffodils. Sienna Marengo, four, was seen picking flowers with six-year-old stepsister Olivia in Poole, Dorset. A member of the public reported them to police and two […]