Once, Twice, Grice

“The probability of 5 or more male Hen Harriers disappearing through ‘normal’ levels of mortality over a breeding period from 9 nests is 0.0033% … So there must be something pretty odd happening.” (http://markavery.info/2015/09/22/wondering2/)

Yes, that’s a 1 in over 30,000 chance. Pretty unlikely. Well done the grouse shooting industry for allowing us to experience such a rare event.

Please sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting.

Atlastka

“Shell said today it had made a marginal discovery of oil and gas with its summer exploration in the Chukchi Sea but not enough to continue to the search for the ‘foreseeable’ future.” (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/28/shell-ceases-alaska-arctic-drilling-exploratory-well-oil-gas-disappoints)

The company thought it could make “up polar” into “popular” but it turned out “unpopular” made a “polar u-pun”.

Elepop

“No one concerned with the state of the planet and the state of the global economy can avoid dealing with population. It is the elephant in the room.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/24/popes-climate-stance-is-nonsense-rejects-population-control-says-top-us-scientist)

Planetary pregnant pause precedes pachydermic papal population pop.

Bloody Lawful

“When carried out in accordance with the law, grouse shooting for sport is a legitimate activity … The Government’s position is that people should be free to undertake lawful activities should they wish to do so.” (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104441?reveal_response=yes)

This informative response is from the Assistant to the Secretary to the Director of the National Committee for Stating the Bleeding Obvious. I am grateful that government is not currently considering rescinding our right to undertake lawful activities.

Soiled

“The evidence is that soil degradation continues at an alarming rate – the Soil Association states that over 2 million tonnes of topsoil are lost every year from land in the UK.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2015/08/the-need-to-protect-our-soils/)

The Soil Association is considering a timely rearrangement of its name to A Lost Iconic Oasis.