COP26; a Vehicle for Change or Political Football?

Underwater by 2050? Later this year Glasgow will host the annual United Nation
Climate Challenge COP26 Meeting of World Leaders (UN Climate Change Conference,
UK 2020). The timing and venue are appropriate since Scotland was one of the
first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency and
has since introduced the most ambitious target, to be carbon neutral by 2045,
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Has the World enough resources to sustain the current population growth?

Can World agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry sustain burgeoning populations without habitat destruction, deforestation or species/biodiversity loss? In the late 18th century Thomas Malthus wrote ‘The power of the population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce substance for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.’ (Wolchover,Read More…

The importance of Biodiversity. Mankind (single species) versus nature (biomes, ecosystems, biodiversity, communities and populations of multiple species); is it a winner-takes-all contest or can we live in sustainable harmony?

Background The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio led to three Conventions a year later on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification Prevention (UN). Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life on Earth, from the genes, species, communities, to ecosystems and processes that enable life to persist over time (SANBI). The main objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) were tRead More…

Nuclear Energy; the pros and cons

Background We are surrounded by matter, made up of atoms, each of which contains enormous amounts of energy in the bonds that hold the atom together. This energy can be released through controlled nuclear fission to produce heat, steam and ultimately electricity, or through uncontrolled fission to produce atomic bombs, like Little Boy and Fat Boy, which were dropped on Hiroshima and NagasakiRead More…

Who rules money?

Executive director of the Positive Money NGO, Fran Boait, presented some challenging and insightful perspectives into the British banking system last week Despite my unhelpful lack of economic knowledge, what I took from the talk was this; the main issue with the banking system at the moment is who controls the money supply. To explain this, the analogy of the bath was used (fig 1). We were tolRead More…

Chasing Ice Film

Transition are pleased to welcome the “Take One Action” film festival to St Andrews on Monday 4th March 2013 as they present a breathtaking new documentary film by Jeff Orlowsk, Chasing Ice. It  follows the  National Geographic photographer James Balog as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)—a massive photography project that placed 30 cameras across three continents to gather vRead More…

Transition Gets Funded! (Redux)

Yesterday the Scottish Government announced that Transition, in partnership with St AndEn, had been funded for a new bid to the Climate Challenge Fund! It’s a three year project that we are all very excited to get started on — but first a bit of recollection from Transition’s current and future coordinators: Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs and Joshua Miska respectively. Check out more information Read More…