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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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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The Active Ring of Fire, Gaia, and Human Karma

There has been significant volcanic activity in the Ring of Fire, the horseshoe-shaped area in the Pacific basin that touches many countries including South America, the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and Antarctica. 10 large volcanoes have erupted recently, creating a new island off Japan and major disturbance elsewhere: in just the last few days, in Indonesia a dormant volcano has come to life violently, causing the highest alert level possible.

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The Cosmic Source of Gold on Earth

The cosmic source of  gold found on Earth is, earth scientists maintain, from meteorites that bombarded our planet – and our moon – many millions of years ago, creating an abundance of this precious and still revered metal.

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When Nature gets Out of Control…..

It is ironic that, just when the European Commission is about to outline plans to deal with the invasive plants and animals which threaten our native flora and fauna, Syria is reported to have the potential to use lethal biological weapons – living organisms that are lethal to plants, animals and people, and largely invisible.

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Leap Seconds: Playing Around with Time, and with Gaia

Periodically, international timekeepers add a “leap second” to human time to ensure that our clocks remain in synchronisation with the movement of the planet: it is necessary to do so because of the slowing down – and sometimes acceleration – of its rotation, and the practice keeps us in harmony with the rhythm of Gaia.

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Solar Flares and Pressures on our Planet

It is no coincidence that in the 24 hours of a major storm over the UK there were 4 solar flares of extraordinary intensity, each one equivalent to the explosion of a billion hydrogen bombs.

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