environment & politics


The Mountain

Isn’t nature great? As much as I love the varied landscape of the British Isles, I get very jealous when I see such glorious transitions, colour and very clear skies like this. Sigh.


Authors@Google: Gary Taubes

I’ve been reading work by Gary Taubes recently. His research is eye opening, and thoroughly explains what’s actually caused the obesity epidemic and its associated illnesses. The causes are probably not what you think. It’s not even overeating or inactivity that causes obesity. Taubes has trawled through the centuries of quite simply terrible science, all of which has accidentally led to previous and current government health advice, and which persist as myth in conversation today. Though the world of nutrition is deeply unscientific, Taubes basically debunks those myths using scientific method.

Watch this video – it’s pretty long, but it’ll change the way you think about food, and really make you wonder what the hell various governments are doing in giving such bad and unscientific advice (it wouldn’t be the first time).


Earth Hour 2013 Official Video

A cool promotion, but day by day, I’m starting to think it’s all too late. Climate change is having increasingly powerful impacts (all of which were forecast). In the UK, we have a government saying this sort of thing about Wind Farm subsidies (conveniently forgetting that oil and nuclear all receive eye-watering amounts of tax payers’ money), whilst giving tax breaks to shale gas, one of the most environmentally damaging processes I can think of both in the short and long term.

Science is being ignored – the young and the poor are being ignored – while rich white men cling on to their crumbling ideologies and bend reality to suit their soundbites.

Time to head to the Dark Mountain?