Category Archives: Land use

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So I sat and I thought and as I sat and I thought, well, I thought: “It’s ongoing, isn’t it?” And then, as I sat some more, I thought some more: “And as it’s ongoing, that means its effects are … Continue reading

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Bobby say “Reforestation can’t offset massive fossil fuels emissions”

On December 13, 2013,  Bobbie Edwards published the following article on Mongabay. It’s nothing new but posted up to a forestry discussion site, provoked the discourse that made up my previous posting/chapter. It echoes much of what’s been said previously … Continue reading

Posted in Climate politics, Development issues, Ecology, Green politics,, Greenhouse gases and climate change, Land use, New forests and woodland, REDD+ | 2 Comments

How do you price the tonne of carbon that, once burned, tips the balance and triggers catastrophic, irreversible global warming?

[I wrote this a couple of years ago for The Ecologist. They didn’t use it but, hey, I still like it. It was a valid question and emphasises the position of inevitable no return we seem to be sailing through … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon market, Climate chemistry, Climate politics, Green politics,, Greenhouse gases and climate change, Land use, New forests and woodland, REDD+ | Leave a comment

Michael’s Moot, an extraordinary meeting – honest, constructive and so much cheaper than Doha

OK, OK, OK, I must write up the minutes of this gathering. In fact, I will call it a moot – Michael’s Moot. He called it to discuss the ongoing deterioration in the global forest and the eminent failure of … Continue reading

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REDD it again – cant see the wood, cant see the trees….

Further unexpurgated sage remarks drawn down from Linkdin. I’m treating it a bit like attending a conference on the crisis. I am the self appointed minuting secretary – though it also feels a bit like running an illicit still and … Continue reading

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Ash Die Back – All our fault?

Several lines here, not necessarily all relevant: 1 – Import, export, trans country and trans continental trade – everywhere we travel we cross transfer not just ourselves but also micro-organisms, seeds, spores and larvae. A worry some time ago it … Continue reading

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Flooding – an increasing phenomenon or just another result of human stupidity

After another few days where there were countless TV, radio and other reporters describing in mind achingly boring detail the rise and fall of flood waters, this time throughout south western and Welsh Britain I find myself re-asking this question. … Continue reading

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Biodiversity? Who needs it?

Give something a name and it is almost at once compromised. This is an interesting exercise to observe as differing understandings are applied to the new entity. In a short time someone’s really good idea can be wholly or partially … Continue reading

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Sanctuary in the Welsh Upland Oak Rainforests

Back in the days of Julius Caesar, as, for example, vividly recreated by  Robert Graves in “I Claudius”, the Welsh landscape was very different from its present stark, sheep reduced panorama. Read the chapters on druidic initiation training to take … Continue reading

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The Great Welsh Upland Rainforest featuring Cloud Forest and Hanging Forests

The Great Welsh Upland Rainforest featuring Cloud Forest and Hanging Forests of a range of largely deciduous, native species– a fantastic carbon store and fresh air producer, a thriving mixture of churning biodiversity, a stable water resource, a glorious visitor … Continue reading

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