Boom

“Climate change, war, reduced mortality and fertility, and increased maternal age … [even a] devastating global pandemic that killed 2 billion people” would only dent the human population. “Global population has risen so fast over the past century that roughly 14% of all the human beings that have ever existed are still alive today.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/28/global-population-science-growth-study-wars-disaster-disease)

14% is startling. There have only ever been 50 billion humans? Over 20,000 years? A reasoned estimate puts this figure over 100 billion (http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleHaveEverLivedonEarth.aspx) but any of the assumptions could be challenged. Still startling.

“Growth purely for its own sake is the philosophy of cancer.” (Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book, Hodder Paperbacks New Ed edition, 2002, p86)

Been

“More than 23,000 people across the UK took part in the [Great British Bee] count using a smartphone app to log their sightings of 830,000 bees.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/28/first-great-british-bee-count-reveals-allotments-make-best-bee-habitats)

The phone app required each citizen scientist to make a ‘two bee call,’ which suits birds as well as bees.

Regalikarian

“Large polluters will find these conclusions to their linking since they may escape a meaningful pollution price signal for at least another decade. With renewable energy and efficiency targets barely above business as usual trends, a carbon market that will remain irrelevant for a decade and nothing to reign in coal power, Europe’s early efforts to combat climate change and advance clean energy have been set adrift.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7354)

Unlinked large polluters should seek opportunities in a coaligarchy.

Draculids

Dracula radiosa orchid

Dracula radiosa orchid (via Wikipedia)

“Named for their fang-like petals and the blood-red hue of some species, Dracula orchids are a genus spanning Mexico to Peru and comprising 118 known species. Ninety percent of Dracula orchids are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world, and are particularly threatened by habitat loss.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1024-gfrn-morgan-rainforest-trust-proposes-dracula-reserve.html)

We don’t want anything called Dracula feeling threatened. The same goes for Frankenstein’s fly-traps and Pinhead pitcher plants. Be vigilant.

Pumpbin

Pumpkin chopping

Pumpkin is food

“An estimated 10million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year – 95% will be carved into hollowed-out lanterns for Halloween and 5% will be used for soups, stews and pies.” (The Guardian)

The Food Standards Agency suggests “the recession has had a long-lasting impact on the nation’s eating habits, making us less likely to throw away leftovers, or “avoidable” food waste.” (The Guardian)

Research continues into the Halloceenogenic property of inhaling pumpkin vapour that leads to ethical self-delusion.

Brackish

“On one of the Netherlands’ northernmost islands, windswept Texel (pronounced Tessel) surrounded by encroaching ocean and salt marshes that seep sea water under its dykes and into ditches and canals, an enterprising farmer has taken the radical step of embracing salt water” and producing a salt-tolerant potato. (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/18/humble-potato-poised-to-launch-food-revolution)

Ready salted.

Mock Turbine

“European Commission is asking the United Kingdom to designate protected areas for harbour porpoise, a marine mammal regularly found in UK waters. … Despite a large number of harbour porpoise in its waters, the UK has so far proposed only one small site in Northern Ireland, exposing some of the identified sites to the risk of offshore wind farm development. … The European Commission is [also] urging the UK to comply with EU requirements on industrial emissions. … The infringement concerns coal-fired Aberthaw power station in Wales, which is exceeding the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx). … [This gives] the UK two months to act … [or] the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.” (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-589_en.htm)

A DEFRA spokesperson could only gabble*:
“Will you blow a little faster?” said a wind farm to a whale,
“There’s a porpoise posse near us, venting noxides over Wales.”

(*In honour of my favourite Sweetcorn-sculpting Personality-profiler.)

Ethicash

“Launched to coincide with Good Money Week (the new name for National Ethical Investment Week), which kicks off on Sunday 19 October, the report from ethical independent financial adviser firm Barchester Green names the “sinners” and “winners” of the multibillion-pound ethical and environmental funds industry.” (http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/oct/18/ethical-funds-coal-oil-gas-barchester-green)

So, the Ethical Investment website links to Your Ethical Money, which provides information on ISAs if you are investing in 2010, and recommends the book Green Money: How to save and invest ethically, via a link to buy from… Amazon, the devil’s bargainer.
Just as well my portfolio is mostly tied up in food and housing.

Nossie

“Photographs taken during fieldwork off Lewis, Scotland between 2010 and 2014 show three ‘atypical’ dolphins with mixed physical characteristics, suggesting that bottlenose dolphins in the area and resident Risso’s dolphins have been mating.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/10/wild-dolphin-cross-breeding-in-uk-revealed-by-wdc)

A new Cross Bred Monster.