Clychosis

“‘Clexit’ (Climate Exit) has formed in an effort to similarly withdraw countries from the successful international climate treaty forged last year in Paris. … Clexit leaders are heavily involved in tobacco and fossil fuel-funded organizations, in what’s become known as ‘the web of denial.'” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/aug/08/rejection-of-experts-spreads-from-brexit-to-climate-change-with-clexit)

Clychosis – when thought and emotion about climate change become so distorted as to detach from reality.

Small Mammals of Prey

“Landowners and shooting groups said it was too early to tell whether the voluntary arrangements under the action plan had failed.
They accuse the RSPB of ignoring other reasons for the hen harriers decline, such as weather and the activities of other predators, including voles.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/07/countryside-groups-split-over-hen-harrier-conservation-plan/)

Curses, the campaign targeting grouse shooters as responsible for the near-extinction of hen harriers is rumbled as the true culprits emerge: vegetarian, hedgerow-dwelling small mammals.

If this smells fishier than an osprey’s talons to you, please consider signing and sharing the petition to ban driven grouse shooting – or read more about the case at Missing Hen Harriers: time for zero tolerance.

CAPling

“We need to make our trees, woods and cherished landscapes more resilient in the face of current threats. We need to invest in them, to make them more capable of bouncing back from inevitable future impacts.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2016/08/post-eu-world/)

Perhaps a variety of rubber tree?

Not-so-permafrost

“Anthrax spores can survive in frozen human and animal remains for hundreds of years, waiting to be released by a thaw. … The warmer climate has begun thawing the permafrost soil that covers much of Russia, including cemeteries and animal burial grounds. Thawing permafrost has also led to greater erosion of river banks where nomads often buried their dead.” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/01/anthrax-outbreak-climate-change-arctic-circle-russia)

Bothered? Nothing to worry about. Not like we forgot something in the deep freeze. Apart from the anthrax. And that methane that keeps bubbling up and exploding. No radioactive remnants, no, nothing like that.

Badger Cattle Battle

“Bovine TB is probably not passed by direct contact between species, but rather indirectly through contaminated pasture … badgers like to hang around earthworm-rich cattle pasture, but not the cattle themselves. Badger faeces and sputum — and cow pats from infected cattle — might be the carriers of M. bovis in farms.” (http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-track-badger-cow-encounters-to-understand-cattle-tb-1.20378)

Just out of curiosity, what is the motivation for culling badgers? Obviously scientific and economic justifications are long since debunked, so is it simply to mollify the ‘shoot the scapegoat’ brigade? Is it time to wean them off the infected badger sputum?

Marine Protection Inquarry

“Corporate influence has trumped the protection of marine wildlife here, with local planners and now the Scottish Government giving in time and time again to the Glensanda super-quarry operators.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14653082.Big_business_before_nature_____wildlife_protection_zone_redrawn_to_please_super_quarry/)

Sadly, Brexit can only bring us more of this transatlantic nonsense with corporate trumping by the hill quarry clinker tonne.

Gone Harrier

“A lot of work went into establishing the six long-term actions which stakeholders and groups believed would help stabilize then, ultimately, increase population levels of these rare birds.” (https://basc.org.uk/blog/press-releases/latest-news/basc-disappointed-as-rspb-abandons-hen-harrier-programme/)

The grouse shooting community should be congratulated for the considerable effort they have invested in stabilising the hen harrier population level at zero.

Please consider signing and sharing the petition to ban driven grouse shooting. Or read more about the case at Missing Hen Harriers: time for zero tolerance.