Friday, 17 May 2013
Nature Treks is a lovely piece of free software which lets you explore a calming natural paradise. The use of colour and sound is relaxing and great for forgetting the stresses of the day. The only downside is reminding us of how much more beautiful the world could be if we prized nature more than money and human expansion. Get the software here, and if you like it consider making a donation to the Nature Trek favoured charity, as explained on the Nature Treks home page.
Friday, 10 May 2013
The last rhinos in Mozambique have been killed.
It is absolutely horrifying. One of thousands of species under threat from humans due to pollution or hunting. The problem is that the biggest animals which need the largest territories come into contact with humans most as we expand across the globe. And anything deemed either a pest, or of value dead (most species fall into one of those categories) comes off the worst in their contact with us. This is a process completed in the UK many years ago when the last wild bears, wolves and boars were killed by the British. Since then we have gone on to divide the land up with roads, fences and settlements. What happened to the rhinos has already been done here.
Monday, 29 April 2013
We'll hand this post over the the C.A.R.I.A.D. organisation, who wrote the piece below. They campaign to end puppy farming in Wales, an industry based around leaving dogs and puppies unattended in barns where the owners claim that they will visit the animals regularly in order to get a licence (at which point they can neglect the animals as they wish, since nothing is checked or enforced after that). The main problems the dogs here will be getting is neglect and the lack of socialisation: none of which will matter to those making money from the dogs, nor those licensing the business. Also there are thousands of rescue animals needing homes - we don't need to breed more dogs for sale.
The majority of puppies are bred in Wales and this is where the majority of breeding dogs remain in captivity and need help. But the majority of the puppies end up in England. In pet shops. On the internet. Being exchanged for cash on motorway services or in supermarket car parks. And when they become sick through intense inbreeding or have behavioural problems through lack of early socialisation, they end up as casualties of our throw-away society, because they are too much work or expense. Our pounds and shelters can no longer cope and beautiful dogs are languishing in shelters while people continue to buy ‘cute’ puppies bred in conditions that contravene the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – which, in a travesty of compassion, is not required to be mandatorily enforced by any department or organisation in the UK.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Worrying stuff: "NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record."
Their article includes a video illustrating this.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides. A paragon of sustainability, more than 95% of the population has clean water and electricity, 80% of the country is forested and, to the envy of many countries, it is carbon neutral and food secure. It would be great if Wales followed this lead.
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Since 1st April the doorstep recycling scheme in Ceredigion now also collects Tetra Pak cartons and polystyrene, all in the same bag as the rest of your recycling. Read about it here. It is excellent news because it makes it much easier for people to recycle, with glass being the last remaining bulk item that isn't collected.