The Future of Life on Earth

 

Sir David Attenborough said yesterday, at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, “I feel better than ever about life on Earth.”

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Checking on the Night Shift

It was only last night that I learned, to my surprise and delight, that a hare is living in my garden.

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Mount Everest Saying No

The mysterious disappearance of the Hillary Step on Mount Everest is causing worldwide speculation, without good answer.

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The Equinox, and Gaia’s Gifts

 

Equinoxes and solstices divide our year into neat quartiles, reminding us regularly of the seasons, of nature and the cosmos, and of the constant rhythm of the planet. They remind us of our ancestors and our past, and even in our mind-based, money-centred culture they make us wonder at their mystery, for we know they signify more than a new season, or the length of a day.

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Air Pollution and Planetary Karma

 

It was startling to learn today from the World Health Organisation that air pollution now is one of the most pernicious threats to global public health, with only one person in 10 living in a pollution level considered to be safe.

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Space Debris Equals Human Debris

Researchers are highlighting the impact of space debris on Earth in an important reminder of a serious hidden danger.

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The Gotthard Tunnel, and Ley Lines

 

The Gotthard Tunnel under the Swiss Alps was opened yesterday, linking northern and southern Europe in order to “revolutionise European freight transport”.

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Preparing for Spring

My preparations for Spring are almost done. The nest boxes have been cleaned, repaired and new ones put up; the lawn mower is in for servicing; wild flower seeds are growing in the warmth of the Conservatory; the hedges have been trimmed; and the ponds have been cleared of old lilies and other pond plants. It is very satisfying.

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Knowing our National Treasures

My heart sang when I learned on Wednesday that the Welsh Government has passed a law that puts sustainability at the heart of Welsh decision-making. The protection and enhancement of nature, land, water and air are highlighted, as well as measures to do with waste management and cutting emissions. There is more to be done, but it is an encouraging start.

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