Squirrelling Away

red squirrel

The squirrel debate seems straightforward: red squirrels are native to Britain. Grey squirrels are invasive aliens. Reds are endangered. Greys are rampant. The disease squirrel pox threatens reds, while greys are immune carriers. Greys outcompete reds for habitat and food. So greys must be handicapped? Like any ecological relationship, the truth is much more complex and fascinating. Continue reading

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Sustainable Development is an Oxymoron

Development, according to our current terms, is unsustainable and needs to, er, develop – a wry wander through current thinking.

“The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations. The Scottish Government has as its overall purpose to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.” (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/SustainableDevelopment)

“Increasing sustainable economic growth”? That’s a lot of bulge. Continue reading