Secrets of the Saltmarsh

Secrets of the Saltmarsh  By Claire Saxby; illustrated by Alicia Rogerson  CSIRO Publishing, 2023  isbn 9781486317141 (hbk)   It’s not every day that you think of, or use the words ‘salt marsh’. Wetlands, yes, vaulable and quickly disappearing habitats,  a habitat type that we are losing each year to drainage to make way for farmland.…

How Bad are Bananas

Reviewed by Professor William Scott Just how bad are bananas? I don’t mean as a food; that’s quite a different question. I’m referring to carbon footprints. You might have wondered about this as you unzipped that most convenient and ubiquitous of fruits, given that it will have been carted half-way across the planet to sit…

The Climate Book

The Climate Book, which was “created” by Greta Thunberg, weighs in at a hefty 1.4kg so you might need to reinforce that coffee table.  It has 5 sections: How climate works How our planet is changing How it affects us What we’ve done about it What we must do now Each of these is sub-divided into…

One School at a Time

Leadership for Sustainability: saving the planet one school at a time David Dixon, Crown House Publishing, 2022 250pp, paperback, £18.99, ISBN 978-1-78135-401-8  September 2022 saw the 60th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring which drew attention to the devastating impact that the indiscriminate use of pesticides such as DDT was having on the natural world. It…

Flames of Extinction

Henricus Peters reviews Flames of Extinction: the race to save Australia’s threatened wildlife by John Pickrell. A carefully researched and deeply empathetic portrayal of the battle to save Australia’s precious wildlife as we cook our planet”. Gaia Vince, author of ‘Adventures in the Anthropocene’ is certainly correct in this statement.  John Pickrell has upturned seemingly every possible rock…

Mother Earth is Weeping

Sue Shanks reviews Mother Earth is Weeping  by Claire Donald. This slim little book follows Mother Earth as she shares her worries with the moon about the negative environmental impact that people are having on the planet. Turning to the Sun, Mother Earth and the Moon are cheered by the Sun’s belief that there is capacity for…

Deep Night Dive

Planktonia: the nightly migration of the ocean’s smallest creatures by Erich Hoyt Whilst our planet is covered 75% in salt water to the extent it should be called ‘Blue Planet’ or ‘Planet Ocean’, we still know very little about the ocean waters and their treasures: the amazing organisms that call these waters home. This is especially true…

I Love My World

Sue Fenoughty reviews I Love My World  by Chris Holland. Another Devonian, children’s author Michael Morpurgo, strongly recommends this book as being “a must for all”. Chris Holland is obviously passionate, and very knowledgeable about the natural environment, especially plants, and the activities in the book aim to pass on his passion and knowledge to the…