Whale Sanctuary – A Lost Opportunity

A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic at a meeting in Brazil has been defeated. Unfortunately, words like developing and growth are always spouted as many governments, cultures, religions and financial systems have not come to terms with the fact that we are beyond the capacity of the Earth to support this many semi intelligent apes.

Earth R.I.P. – murdered by humanity’s stupidity.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/12/pro-whaling-nations-block-south-atlantic-whale-sanctuary?CMP=share_btn_tw

Review – I have received a wonderful review of my story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

I have been very lucky in that the Devon Beekeepers Association has reviewed my story and written some really nice words about it.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by Paul Noel

“A bee story for children” – that was the description sent with Paul Noel’s book, “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow”, and on the face of it that’s exactly what it is. A tale with an intrepid honey bee called Beatriz at its core, ready and willing to use her intelligence and super-fast flight in the battle against the enemy – those who would seek to destroy the natural habitat of the field she calls home, together with her fellow creatures that also live there.

Yet it’s more than ‘a bee story for children’, for while they will love the heroic antics of Beatriz, or ‘Bea’ to everyone who knows her, adults will find characters familiar to them too – officious bureaucrats, eager nature-loving campaigners, boffins, dastardly developers and potentially wicked planners! The turning point when all the humans and animals come together is a joyous highlight!

No doubt we’ve all heard of a field that is ripe for necessary development and Paul Noel’s fantasy is one that we can easily follow and understand. While the drama and the suspense gives joy to younger listeners and readers, it represents important issues raised by the need for more homes and the conflict between those building houses and those passionate about protecting the natural environment.

As ever with children’s books you get most out of the story by suspending your disbelief and remembering that it’s simply a story to entertain and not provide a full education of the lifecycle of the honeybee and its behaviour in the hive and in the field – there are plenty of less exciting books, which are designed to give real insight to those of us who are interested in bee facts. “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow” doesn’t ignore general bee behaviour, but it’s full of fun and allows the imagination to take over, helped along with drawings that reflect the overall upbeat feel. The pictures are ideal for children to colour in, making it even more entertaining and better value.

Any beekeeper, indeed any adult, will not be bored if they find themselves reading the story of Bea trying to save her meadow. Just one question remains, what might Bea do next for surely “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow” is the first of a series?

Can We Really Have Screwed Up This Bad? – Yes We Have

How much more evidence do we need before we admit that the industrial revolution has been a complete disaster for the environment and that our economic monopoly model of continuous expansion and consumption at the expense of exploited humans is deleterious to the life support systems and eventually to us.

Pristine Antarctic fjords contain similar levels of microplastics to open oceans near big civilisations

And Soon There Will Be None

The sad state of our world as our greed consumes all that there is. There is no link between economic growth and the limitations of Earth’s systems and therefore we are exceeding the ability of the Earth to provide what we need. Humanity does not know the meaning of sustainability and many of its individuals do not care or even want to know.

R.I.P. life on Earth.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/european-demand-wood-rapidly-shrinking-drcs-rainforest-180626122319969.html

The Tip of the Plasticberg

This is an interesting article on the plastic pollution and the risks that not only have been so clearly demonstrated on the natural world but its potential to truly affect the health of you and I. Time to stop drinking your coffee out of a takeaway cup as you are basically eating it as well or someone else’s at least.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44579420#

I wonder who is to blame for this? Oh! It’s us again, doh. Coral reefs in peril.

Not a day goes past without some sad news about the state of this wonderful planet that we have done so much damage to and mostly in the last two hundred years or so since we really started exploiting fossil fuels.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/23/coral-reefs-overwhelmed-by-rising-oceans

Humanity – The Dumbest Creature on Earth?

In just over 200 years of our supposedly greatest revolution, the industrial revolution, this is an example of what that wonderful convenient lifestyle that we all live has delivered to the multitude of other lifeforms that share this planet with us. The lifeforms that we are driving to extinction because we as a species are basically dumb.

Take a look at your lifestyle and its convenience because if you and I don’t change we will enjoy the benefits of how we live, a very dead world in terms of diversity.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44579422#

Brief Existence – Is This All That We Are?

I took this photograph in the centre of Lausanne where a man was entertaining children by creating bubbles on a Saturday morning. I only had a small Fuji pocket camera but I managed to get a couple of good shots. I named the photograph Brief Existence because it reminded me of the fragility and shortness of not only human life but of all life both as individuals and species. Most people it seems to me are unaware of time passing although as you get older it may be that it gets more noticeable.

 

99 Million Year Old Frogs

What an amazing discovery and tiny window into life from long ago on Earth. Difficult to imagine that span of time and that this fossil predates the extinction of the dinosaurs when the asteroid hit the Earth.

99 Million Year Old Frogs

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