The nation’s favourite insect

As we have already noted, the Royal Society of Biology [RSB] has launched a ‘what’s the nation’s favourite insect’ competition. You might have already voted for one of the 10 insects identified by the Society’s ecologists.  Or, perhaps, you’re sceptical of the whole idea.  Here’s one such view, taken from our President’s blog.  

Evidence that it’s cloudy here

A recent map from NASA shows cloud cover over the earth.  This shows an average of a satellite’s cloud observations between July 2002 and April 2015.  You can just about make out the UK – under all that cloud. NASA says that typically 67% of Earth’s surface is covered by clouds, especially the case over the oceans, with less…

Personal stories of transformation

Mairi Kershaw, Chair of the South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, contributes today’s blog post. “A person whose goal is self realisation is helping to change the world at its most fundamental level, such people are perhaps the ultimate revolutionaries”  This quote dates back to 1996. In this century, however, social networking has facilitated an…

Letter to No. 10

c/o The Guardian, here is a letter that “ten leading UK charities concerned with protection of the environment”   sent to the Prime Minister late last month.   The authors say they … “are writing to raise a major concern.  On the basis  of the decisions made by your ministers in the first period of this government, we have concluded that…

World population in 2050

The Economist reports on a UNDP report that sets out likely global population (by country) in 2050. You can choose to see the data by graph, map or in data files. The headline figures show that while Europe’s population will fall (from 2015 to 2050) by    about 4%, that of Africa will rise by over…