It’s 31st December 2006, a time for reflection and perhaps also New Year’s resolutions. This time last year I wrote: “A CNN/TIME survey of Asia-Pacific countries reports that avian flu is expected to be the biggest global issue in 2006, followed by … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve
Archives for December 2006
David Tribe sent me a link to a piece by Steven Pinker titled 'Less Faith, More Reason'. Here's an extract: "Missing from the report is a sensitivity to the ennobling nature of knowledge: to the inherent value, with consequences too far-reaching to … [Read more...] about The Discoveries of Science: Comment from Steven Pinker
Two days ago the mainstream media was lamenting that polar bears should be listed as threatened with extinction because of disappearing sea ice all a consequence of global warming. Today the media is reporting that a giant ice shelf the size of … [Read more...] about Ice Shelf Becomes Sea Ice: Perhaps Good News for Polar Bears?
Congratulations to whale and wildlife photographer, George McCallum. His revamped website is back online with a thousand or so images including of minke whales, humpback whales and killer whales: http://www.whalephoto.com . The website includes … [Read more...] about www.whalephoto.com
Hi Russell, Going back to your points about sentient beings and our perception of other life forms. As you say, there is debate about how intelligent certain species are, how to measure that intelligence, whether they can feel emotions, what this … [Read more...] about Swimming with Whales: A Note from Libby
The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, yesterday announced that $7.6 million will be provided over four years to evaluate the effectiveness of cloud seeding in increasing rainfall in Queensland, Australia. Mr Beattie said beginning next year (2007) … [Read more...] about Techno-Fixes for Climate, Locally and Globally?