“The coal ignition triggered the series of events that led to Earth’s worst mass extinction. Its sulfur emissions created the acid rain that killed forests. Its carbon emissions acidified the oceans and warmed the planet, killing most marine life. The dead bodies fed bacteria that produced toxic hydrogen sulfide gas, which in turn killed off more species. The warming of the oceans produced a large methane release, which accelerated global warming faster yet.”

Any similarity to actual current events is entirely coincidental.


Insect Asides

“The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) assessment [of neonicotinoid pesticides] includes bumblebees and solitary bees for the first time.”

Solitary bees were previously reluctant to take part.

“A spokesman for Syngenta, a neonicotinoid manufacturer, said: “Efsa sadly continues to rely on a [bee risk guidance] document that is overly conservative, extremely impractical and would lead to a ban of most if not all insecticides, including organic products.””

If organic produce is now classified as an insecticide, then chemical pesticides are no more effective than hurling rotten fruit at insects.


“Marine plastic litter can already be controlled through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the London Convention; the MARPOL Convention; the Basel Convention; Customary Law, and many other regional agreements.
Article 194 of UNCLOS, for instance, requires states to ‘prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from any source.
Measures shall include, inter alia, those designed to minimize to the fullest possible extent… the release of toxic, harmful or noxious substances, especially those which are persistent, from land-based sources… [and] shall include those necessary to protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other forms of marine life.'”

If only the legal profession was as persistent.



“The new-style Lego elements are made from polyethylene – a soft, durable and flexible plastic that can now be made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane material and, Lego claims, is as durable as conventional plastic. As a bio-plastic, it can be recycled many times, though it is unlikely to be 100% biodegradable.”

More plastic persistence, more brick-eating.


Circular Thinking

“The whip isn’t used to strike his animals, he says; it’s to draw them towards him in the way that a house cat will follow a dangling string. … Extremists are not interested in improving welfare, but seek an “animal apartheid” whereby humans cannot even have animals as pets. … What I do is a benign tradition. It doesn’t have a negative impact on its subject.”

Benign tradition: the watchwords of dominionist oppressors everywhere, tangled in the fraying strings of their immorality.



“Antibiotic resistance is among the greatest threats to human health. … The US government hopes to use trade treaties to break down the resistance of other nations to its farming practices. And the UK is at the top of its list.”

Resistance is national.


Storm goes up to Six

“Climate scientists meeting at a conference in the New Zealand city of Wellington have floated the idea of creating a category six to reflect the increasing severity of tropical cyclones in the wake of warming sea temperatures and climate change.”

Unfortunately the floating idea was quickly inundated by a small, localised whirlpool of category zero point one.