I imagine we've all now seen climate activist Greta Thunberg's impassioned speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit and the scowl she gave President Trump. It took significant guts to make that speech. The President's response to this courageous teen's talk and her palpable sense of loss was predictable and came in the shape of yet another throwaway tweet. I … Continue reading President Donald J. Trump’s masterclass: how not to engage with people who care about the planet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3p0YvKkqKA&feature=youtu.be This was one of my (Simon) favourite talks from the Maxwell Knight Symposium and we're very grateful to Paul Pearce-Kelly for allowing us to share his slides on the FFON website. The Frightened Face of Nature Paul Pearce-Kelly, ZSL Abstract If Maxwell Knight were writing his prescient Frightened Face of Nature today he would … Continue reading Challenges facing the planet
There are a few subjects best left off the table at dinner parties - Brexit is one, Climate Change is another. Both have the propensity to split the room equally and leave guests reaching for the after dinner mints before the main course is out of the oven. But are things about to change when … Continue reading Is the climate finally right for a change?
I’ve received an invite to the Royal Garden Party (May 15th) and can’t wait to step through those imposing gates and join Her Majesty for tea and cake in her splendid garden. I wish I could take all readers of the FFON with me. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q4OWWMlvHrs&time_continue=29 The invite came via the Lord Chamberlain and was requested … Continue reading The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite me to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. (It turns out I’ll be walking in Maxwell Knight’s footsteps…).
Thanks for the generous coverage of the MaxwellKnight Symposium in the IAT Bulletin.
I've written numerous articles about farm birds declining by more than 50% since the 1970s. The problem is that we see this kind of figure brandished about so often that we eventually become immune to bad news, and then it becomes the norm - the new baseline data. In other words, birds can continue to … Continue reading Is this British agriculture’s chance to be more nature-friendly post-Brexit, or will the efforts of more than 100 farmers, with a new vision to ‘restore British wildlife, reverse declines in soil quality and help manage impacts of climate change’ fall on stony ground?
The Guardian reported in October that "Three--quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say." It's funny how scientists often confirm what we instinctively know. Anyone who's driven a car this summer will have noted how few insects there … Continue reading “Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers”
According to The Independent, actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio didn't mince his words during an encounter with Donald Trump. In an attempt to encourage Mr Trump to see the opportunity to make nature great again, DiCaprio tried to sway him to take another look at the Paris Climate Agreement. Reverting to type, Trump claimed that the Paris … Continue reading Trump administration’s stance on the environment is ‘willful ignorance’ says DiCaprio
Michael Gove, as environment secretary, has made Greenpeace UK's day by saying that farming subsidies must be earned and benefit the environment. Looking for a 'green Brexit,' Michael Gove may only be prepared to hand out payments when farmers agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life. "Huge news! Michael Gove has just said … Continue reading Green Brexit: Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove
By Simon H King With one in seven of the UK's wildlife species at risk of *extinction should property developers be encouraged (or forced) to contribute to nature's recovery? (*State of Nature report, 2016). 'The natural world needs our help as never before,' warns Sir David Attenborough in the forward to the State of Nature … Continue reading Should urban developers be forced to contribute to nature’s recovery in the UK?
Jane Goodall calls Trump's climate change agenda 'immensely depressing' Trump climate: Challenges loom after Obama policies scrapped BBC News-4 hours ago Opponents of President Donald Trump's decision to scrap his predecessor's climate change policies say they will organise a public campaign ... EU leads attacks on Trump's rollback of Obama climate policy The Guardian-15 hours ago … Continue reading Trump pulls plug on Obama’s clean power plan