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Earthrise

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Thursday, 22 November 2007 14:52

This picture of the earth from the moon was taken on November 20th 07 by the robotic spacecraft Kaguya, which is currently orbiting the moon. Maybe there's no better way to grasp the beauty and vulnerabilty of the planet than an image like this.

Source: NASA

Muddling through is not an option

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Thursday, 25 October 2007 11:14

Ashley Seagar: Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and unrest, says new study

In a way, the issue of oil is more important than any other in terms of the future. Running out of oil supersedes the problem of global warming because, after all, if and when it happens the causes of global warming will almost disappear. Wars will be fought over dwindling supplies - the grim truth is that many thousands of people could die for this.

Having no oil would also change life as we know it, and if we want to have a future that offers anything like the lifestyle we have today, we have to find serious alternatives right now.

This article reports predictions that at current consumption global oil supplies will run out in 42 years at the very most. That's within a lot of our lifetimes, definitely our children's lifetimes. If consumption goes up - which it almost inevitably will as the world population rises and China and India continue to seek out the western dream - who knows? This 42 years could become 20, or 15.

What are governments doing about this? What are we as individuals doing? As the article says, muddling through is not an option.

Smoking

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Thursday, 23 August 2007 23:51

James Delingpole: Smoking. Yes, yes, we know it's no good for you. But is it really so bad?

An article in The Independent in late June got us thinking about the smoking ban as the end of an era in British history, and wondering how young people feel about it. Is the ban on public smoking the loss of a liberty, or just a relief?

The article we’ve mentioned does talk about lung cancer, passive smoking and the wisdom of giving up at some point, but it celebrates smoking, especially as a big part of youth culture – and it suggests that this young generation and generations to come have lost an excellent pastime: having a fag in a pub with their friends.