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Flat Earth or Globe?

[This is a long post. If you don’t have the stamina, skip to the conclusion.] Occasionally I get embroiled in a discussion with a Flat Earther on Facebook, and I know my friends and family are thinking, “No! Why are you wasting your time!?”    Here is why… Science is simply too important in a … Continue reading

Still… imag(in)ing a world without trees

Trees lost from familiar works of art… still one of my most popular blog posts after more than three years. It certainly generated more interest than anything I ever did in my research career! My excuse for re-blogging it is Marina Galperina’s animated GIFs that now give me the chance to revisit these visualisations through their … Continue reading

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Listen to Jeff Goldblum, not Matt Ridley

Did you read Matt Ridley’s piece in the Wall Street Journal last month?    He was making a very compelling argument that the “World’s Resources Aren’t Running out”.   I have to admit that when I started reading it, I got a little seduced by his optimism. For a while, I was hooked.  I bought … Continue reading

Six good things about petrol

I hate petrol [1]. As a fossil fuel its combustion contributes CO2 to the atmosphere, and so contributes to climate change. The particulates it emits on combustion contribute to inner-city pollution. Its extraction around the world is a dirty process, despite some half-hearted efforts to convince us otherwise. And the global appetite for oil-based fuels … Continue reading

Mr Trump has trouble with wind

Last year it was the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Phillip). He described wind farms as “disgraceful”, that people who support them believe in a “fairy tale”, that they relied on government subsidies to survive and that they served “no useful purpose”…. I remember at the time laughing at the irony of this statement coming a … Continue reading

The 4 Habits of Highly Successful Trees

So you are a young tree with ambitions for success. From my experience of trees, and in particular tree architecture, the evidence  points to four essentials for success — the key qualities that successful trees share. Manage Your Water Flow Your leaves need water. It’s your biological cashflow. If it stops, you are dead. You … Continue reading

Whose responsibility is the future? ( or, Who’s avoiding the Climate Crunch?)

“Enjoy this magnificent stadium, Lisa, because you and Bart and your children will be paying for this long after the team have moved on to some other city.” – Homer Simpson. Climate change and the credit crunch share something in common – they are both about spending the future. Otherwise know as “credit”. Some would … Continue reading

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