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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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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Bees, and Celebrating Good News

Something, at last, is being done to help bees in England.  I gave thanks when I heard, early this morning, that Liz Truss, new Environment Secretary, has put in place a 10 year National Pollinator Strategy involving incentives to farmers and others to encourage wildlife-friendly meadows and crops.

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Climate Change and Human Detritus

The UN Report on Climate Change is, in effect, a commentary on how the detritus produced by humans over many decades has unbalanced the eco-system of our gentle planet to the point of danger: we have been extravagant in our demands of her, and careless of the deadly waste we have created through emissions, poisons and plastics – but it is not all bad news.

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After the Storms, Welcoming back the Sun – and a New Reality

 

While the results of storms everywhere are being experienced still, in the UK the Sun has returned for a day bringing with it clear skies and a sense of peace: after weeks of dark cloud and ceaseless rain it is like being granted a holiday, but what I noticed most today was the absence of the roar of wind – and I do not miss it.

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Climate Change: Is it too Late?

Modern climate change began with the Industrial Revolution, when an unprecedented devastation of the environment began through determined industrialisation.

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China Teaching the World about the Environment?

China and environmental consideration are not closely associated in the minds of many people except perhaps negatively, but it could be that China proves to be an important teacher to the world on matters to do with the environment – and soon.

As Britain undertakes a high-level trade mission to China this week, there has been much reflection on the history of this ancient country, and how it reached its present place of diplomatic, economic and political importance: how, after centuries of poverty based on a largely rural economy, a programme of rapid industrialisation led to massive development and success, but at the expense of the environment. Some efforts were made to contain the impact of building, mining and emissions, but oversight was lax and making money fast was the absolute priority.

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EU Budget Threatening the Environment

The lauded EU budget has highlighted the divide between those who understand the importance of the environment and those who refuse to see.

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