Homo sapiend

“There is no doubt that the rate at which species are dying out is very high, and we could well be in for a “Big Sixth” mass extinction. … [Yet] the current rate at which new animals and plants (such as the apple fly, the Italian sparrow and Oxford ragwort) are coming into existence is unusually high – and it may be the highest ever. We are already on the verge of Genesis Number Six – a million or so years from now, the world could end up supporting more species, not fewer, as a consequence of the evolution of Homo sapiens.” https://theconversation.com/the-sixth-mass-genesis-new-species-are-coming-into-existence-faster-than-ever-thanks-to-humans-80527

…but possibly minus Homo sapiens. Who’s next for Presidency of the planet?

Message in a Bottle

“The European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and the Carlsberg company were sloshed Thursday in an open letter by campaigners opposed to the patenting of plants and animals.” http://www.dw.com/en/carlsberg-urged-by-ngos-to-rethink-beer-ingredient-patents/a-36429622

Someone must have been under the undue influence to decide to allow Heineken and Carlsberg to ‘own’ barley.

Game Gems

Supporting driven grouse shooting at the parliamentary debate on 31 October:

“If you cease burning, you get long, degenerate, rank heather, which is unsightly”
Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) (Con) https://goo.gl/NKirCJ

“The main perpetrator of the petition”
Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) https://goo.gl/odPPWC

“There were blackcock, golden plover, woodcock, snipe, jack snipe, greylag geese, teal, widgeon, mallard, gadwall, pintail and even, right outt in the middle of the moor, miles from anywhere, a wild chicken. I am not sure whether there are wild chicken, but there was a chicken that was probably not born and brought up there.”
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) (Con) https://goo.gl/hVq3Wj

Collateral Bordage

“Trump says in a video on his campaign website, ‘It will be a great wall. It will do what it is supposed to do: keep illegal immigrants out.’ …
Far from being a barren wasteland, the US–Mexico borderlands have some of the highest diversity of mammals, birds and plants in the continental United States and northern Mexico — including many threatened species.
A wall could divide species that make a home in both nations. Bighorn sheep, for example…
Birds that rarely fly, such as roadrunners, or those that swoop low to the ground, such as pygmy owls, could also have trouble surmounting the wall.” (http://www.nature.com/news/trump-s-border-wall-pledge-threatens-delicate-desert-ecosystems-1.20431)

But for sure Trump also has a plan for all the ‘wall-kill’. “Short on detail”, long on sheep.

Henaction

“‘I welcome this plan – not because it is perfect, it isn’t – but because it reflects real potential for progress on one of the most deep-rooted conflicts in conservation. We needed action. The prize is that the landowners are now part of the conversation. The test will be if we succeed in getting the hen harrier flying again over upland England. This is progress,’ said Martin Harper, director of the RSPB.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/14/long-awaited-plan-to-save-englands-hen-harrier-gets-green-light)

Potential for progress, is, as Mark Avery succinctly puts it, inaction.

The petition to ban driven grouse shooting has over 30,000 signatures and only a few days left…

Pollutical

“Recently in the UK, the government has been taken to court by WWF and other NGOs because of their failure to work with the agricultural sector to tackle diffuse pollution, which is undermining the restoration of nature.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7687)

Why the UK government wants out of Europe: to stop being held to silly laws that hold back the vital intensification of farming.

Manganodules

“Along the Pacific Rim of Fire, vast beds of manganese nodules hold promise…” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/29/us-newzealand-ocean-idUKKCN0RT07K20150929)

A bed of nodules often promises, er, a rim of fire.