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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Fracking – the Chase for Fool’s Gold?

Some years ago, before the Conservatives came to power, I saw George Osborne at a talk by James Lovelock on the environmental dangers facing the Planet.

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Another Full Moon – Bringing What?

Today’s Full Moon symbolically marks completion and the preparation for new beginnings, and this last lunar cycle, so full of dream-shattering events, calls us to reflect upon their greater meaning even as we look ahead to a world poised between war and peace, and between planetary balance and planetary crisis.

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Deserts of War, Deserts of the Soul

Did you know that more than one fifth of the skin of the Earth is desert? Yet the importance of this significant planetary landscape is little remembered now.

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The Madness of Human Intervention

This morning I caught the tail end of a fascinating discussion on Radio 4’s Today Programme about how human intervention has changed the planet in the past and how we stand at a pivotal and extraordinary point in our relationship with Earth now.

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China Moving Mountains

China is a beautiful country, much of which is mountainous – indeed, one fifth of the population lives in the mountainous areas. One of the problems for China is that she has too many people, and those people want to live in houses, but there has not been the space to build because of the presence of the mountains, until now.

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Water Providing Technology for the Future

I lived near Plas Newydd, on Anglesey, for a few years, and remember it as a fine old mansion which dominated the island: overlooking Snowdonia and perched on the edge of the Menai Straits, it was huge draughty and cold then, and now it is the most polluting of all the properties owned by the National Trust, being dependent as it is on oil – a lot of it – to heat it.

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