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Where trees and people live

This is a follow on post from an earlier one called “The forest as a lived environment”.   One of my highlights of 2014 was getting my complimentary copy of Bill Liao’s book, “Forests: Reasons to be hopeful“.  As well as offering some advice on the scientific content of a few of the figures, I also … 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

Ecosystem services explained in 90 secs

Having discovered Powtoon, I’ve now made another one. This time, with my elder son’s voice over, we’ve made a little introduction to the concept of natural capital and ecosystem services.   You might argue that the “payment” bit is a bit presumptuous, but I wanted to at least raise the question of who has responsibility … Continue reading

Origami Carbon Cycle Infographic

OK, strictly speaking it’s not origami, since there are no folds, but here is a visualisation of the global carbon cycle using a paper cut-outs motif.   Forests and the carbon cycle are strongly linked since they do most of the photosynthesis that takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  They also respire, and their … Continue reading

Looking for lidar software engineers…

Originally posted on Carbomap news:
An interesting “taster” advert for Carbomap looking for lidar software developers. Please forward to people you think might be interested, or follow @Carbomap on Twitter. Carbomap news View original post

How high is an Earth observing satellite? (infographic)

I just created this infographic to help my students get a handle on the scales involved when dealing with Earth observation satellites, as well as linking this to the structure of the atmosphere. It’s different from the usual structure of the atmosphere diagrams as it’s focused on Earth observation, and since it is a scalable … 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

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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