A Short Vacation On a winding stretch of the A5 road from North Wales to London – around Betys-y-coed and Llangollen – mountain scenery combined with the challenge of balancing speed, driver satisfaction, and passenger nausea makes the journey almost enjoyable. On the other hand, the interminably boring alternations of dual-carriageway and roundabouts that follow
South Western California is one of the world’s most bio-diverse habitats. The San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles and south of the Mojave desert, are home to large mammals: including deer, bear, mountain lion and bobcat. Raccoon and skunk are stealthy night-time visitors to the back gardens of residents, who by day enjoy the
Want to reduce your emissions? Forget about the gas guzzler, holidaying at home, or buying local produce; cut your “carbon legacy” and have fewer children, says new research. In recent weeks I’ve attended two public discussions dealing with the big-picture issues of sustainability and balancing development with conservation, and neither of them did much to
Dr Lewis Dartnell is fascinated by life: life on earth, and the possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system and among the stars. This audio podcast is an extended version of a short piece I recorded for Imperial College radio earlier this month. It covers a whole range of topics, from Dartnell’s core research
Well that’s the World Wildlife Fund’s ‘Earth Hour’ over and done with for another year. At least that’s the cynic’s (realists?) view of this annual attempt to get the world’s lights switched off for an hour, on a rolling cycle from 8.30 – 9.30 pm, across the globe. It’s just happened in the UK.
I’ve just returned from the annual British Humanist Association Darwin Day Lecture, this year delivered by Sir David King at a session chaired by Richard Dawkins. King is a former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government, and now heads up a multi-disciplinary organisation tackling climate change – The Smith School of Enterprise and the