Tag Archives: Quo Vadis

Tragedies – Shakespearean and Greek

It’s the weekend so, to celebrate, here is a special offer: Two posts for the price of one (i.e. nothing). A Shakespearean Tragedy in the making Last night I stumbled upon the second and final part of the BBC’s Simon … Continue reading

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Another damn import from the USA

Record-breaking temperatures in March? Check. Drought conditions declared? Check. What is it people used to say, “when America sneezes, Britain catches a cold”….? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HTAZue6ylZ8 Peter Sinclair (of Climate Denial Crock of the Week fame) has been a busy man: However, … Continue reading

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A brief history of Earth – part 3

Brought forward 24 hours in order to mark Earth Day, this is the third (and possibly the last) part of my mini-series of posts looking at what we can and should learn about the fragility and contingency of our existence … Continue reading

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A brief history of Earth – part 2

Yesterday, I began a review of the recently-broadcast Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide. However, this is such an information-rich programme, I went well over my 1000-word limit without even getting to the end of Episode 1. Also, it was clearly … Continue reading

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A brief history of Earth – part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I got into a spot of bother for suggesting that only geologists have the required sense of perspective to appreciate how contingent Life on Earth actually is (i.e. that things could quite easily have not … Continue reading

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Collapse or Ecocide – which will it be?

Collapse = An end to modern human civilisation as we have known it. Ecocide = Unintended ecological suicide (mass extinction of all complex life on Earth). Do we have a third option – Survival? I have recently started reading Jared … Continue reading

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Where shall we go from here?

(or “Climate science in a nutshell – Part 4”) This will be the last of my posts on the scientific basis for concern over anthropogenic climate change based on James Hansen’s Storms of my Grandchildren. Although, I am barely half … Continue reading

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