Archive for the 'the environments' Category

Double Bubble Trouble

September 7, 2006

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Methane bubbles climate trouble

Thawing Siberian bogs are releasing more of the greenhouse gas methane than previously believed, according to new scientific research.

Some days I’m quite sanguine, even optimistic about our chances. Then I see something like this, and decide that, maybe, perhaps, we don’t have any.

Methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas, than there’s enormous quantities of it sitting around, ready to surface and cause a mass extinction. Well, probably.

And it’s too late to do anything about the thermal pulse we’re sending down into the permafrost that will release it all. Well, probably.



August 21, 2006

Osama “Obsessed with Whitney Houston”

Lifestyle: 21 August 2006, Monday.

Osama bin Laden is obsessed with pop diva Whitney Houston, and has even considered killing her husband Bobby Brown, Sudanese poet and novelist Kola Boof has claimed.

If only, if only it could be true… Osama would be revealed as the small-time crackpot he is, the neo-cons and new-laborites as the idiots they are, peace would reign on planet earth, and we could start doing something about (a) world poverty (b) the rapidly accelerating environmental crisis.

Or am I getting a little carried away?

BBC NEWS | Summer proves too hot for midges

August 17, 2006

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Edinburgh and East | Summer proves too hot for midges

“At the beginning of the summer there were as many as ever, but in the past few weeks there have been significantly less.”

Dr Blackwell, who runs a spin-off company from Edinburgh University that develops new methods of insect control, prepares a daily midge forecast.

“This is my 16th year of trapping and counting and it is the first year we’ve had such a hot, dry, second half of the summer,” she said.

This was treated as a joke on Reporting Scotland last night, but it really isn’t funny. No one likes being bitten of course, but if the midge is dying back, many other creatures that depend on a decent amount of water to exist will be dying back too.

Whale hunters go on holiday –

July 7, 2006

Whale hunters go on holiday –

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that buyers of the hunters’ whale products have gone on vacation themselves, so there’s not much market for the catch.The inventory of whales already shot so far this year also seems to have saturated the market.

“We don’t have buyers for more whales than those already shot, therefore we’re sending out a message to halt the hunt,” Hermod Larsen of the association told NRK.

Well, that sounds sensible. I think a major problem for whaling enthusiasts is coming up with a market for the product. I don’t think there is much of one any more. Therefore: no more hunting.