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.