Overfishing: A European Problem

European policymakers failed to meet their own targets and deadlines on sustainable fishing, under pressure from their national fishing fleets. They have failed to honour their promises. By 2020, all quotas were meant to be based on a maximum sustainable yield meaning that the most fish that can be caught without damaging the ability of the species to reproduce and replenish its numbers.

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Coronavirus: yet another warning from nature

It is said that this coronavirus originated from the wet markets in Wuhan, China. Wet markets sell meats and fish and fresh produce as opposed to dry markets that would sell household goods and supplies. In China wet markets also cut up wildlife and this is sold for food and for dubious medicinal purposes.

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Mandala Principle: The Biosphere and Humanity

Humans have been messing with the mandala of life on Earth. We are tearing away at the entire web of interdependent relationships. The accelerated extinction of species and degradation of Earth’s life support system is glaring evidence of the intricate interdependence of all life on Earth.

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Climate Change is Ecocide

We should be aware that these small percentage temperature increases, reflecting climate changer, will have disproportionately huge consequences. The 1°C, 1.5°C or 2°C increases hide extreme weather conditions; extreme heat, desertification; extremely cold, glacial temperatures; cyclones and forest fires; floods and rising seas; unprecedented drought and famine; migrations of millions of people fleeing unbearable weather conditions and food and water shortages.

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Carbon Emissions Countdown (2) – The Reality

We can understand better what these emissions and temperature measures and target dates mean by looking at the facts on the ground. At the end of 2019 we passed the 1°C increase threshold. The increase of 1°C in average global temperature is by definition an ‘average’ and hides the reality of extreme weather conditions.

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Carbon Emissions Countdown (1) – The Failure

These convoluted and ambiguous carbon emissions targets that have an inbuilt failure expectation of 34% or even 50% are not targets at all. Whilst being adequate for a scientific study giving the parameters within which the findings are true and to what extent, it is however highly inadequate as a policy objective.

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António Guterres – “Stop All Wars”

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations makes an impassioned appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. In his own words “War doesn’t make any sense when you have an epidemic but war doesn’t make any sense in any circumstances”

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How Species Become Extinct

A species becomes extinct when all the individuals in every existing population on Earth die. When this happens that species is gone forever. We have already exterminated or severely degraded substantially more than half of the populations of all species and their wild habitats. It starts with the arrival of people on the scene.

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Chinese paddlefish – Extinct 2010

The Chinese paddlefish is now extinct. It existed before flowering plants, bamboo and the pandas. It reached three metres in length. They could weigh up to 300kg and managed to survive the 5th mass extinction of life on Earth that occurred 66 million years ago. The Chinese paddlefish and its ancestors had been around for 150 million years

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Greta Thunberg – EU Green Deal is Surrender

Greta Thunberg: “When the EU presents this climate law and net zero by 2050, you indirectly admit surrender, that you are giving up, giving up on the Paris agreement, giving up on your promises and giving up on doing everything you possibly can to ensure a safe future for your own children. Because this law is based on insufficient CO2 budgets that in reality gives us much, much less than a 50% chance of limiting average global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

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