July 2010 printable subscriber newsletter
29th June, 2010
In this months newsletter, we look at the impact of uranium mining in Niger, ask whether certain species of herbivorous fish can help save our coral reefs, look at the remarkable sustainable community of Las Gaviotas, and scrutinise Findhorn's green sewage system, the Living Machine. To download, log in and scroll to the bottom of the page...
When the ‘Climategate’ scandal broke in December 2009, following the hacking and online publication of thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia’s internal servers, many environmentalists must have had their heads in their hands.
Most were quick to realise that the emails did almost nothing to challenge the science of climate change, nor did they suggest that our infant policies and regulations to reduce greenhouse gases were misguided.
But Climategate was hugely damaging for other reasons: it tarnished the reputation of climate scientists the world over, regardless of their professional opinions and papers; it delivered a tremendous shock to the foundations of public belief in man-made global warming; and it offered a battery of ammunition to the conspiracy theorists and outright climate change deniers.
What has been sorely needed since then is an in-depth, dispassionate investigation into exactly what the leaked emails discussed, and what they implied. We now have that investigation, in the form of Fred Pearce’s new book,
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