Book Discussion Series #3: A Sand County Almanac

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought … Continue reading Book Discussion Series #3: A Sand County Almanac

Friendly Green City

Last week I visited Geneva and I wasn't sure what to expect at first, having booked a college trip for my students almost exclusively to visit CERN (although there's plenty to see and do). It is a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan place, with four official languages and the home of some of the world's biggest … Continue reading Friendly Green City

Book Discussion Series #2: The Lynx and Us

I could hardly contain my excitement when this came through the post a couple of weeks ago. I mean, just look at it... A very beautiful thing indeed. It's also extremely informative, balanced and well-written. Penned by Ecologist David Hetherington in scientific, yet lyrical prose, and punctuated with luminous photography from Laurent Geslin, the book … Continue reading Book Discussion Series #2: The Lynx and Us

Book Discussion Series #1: Silent Spring

Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -man - acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. ” - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring I'm (finally!) starting my book discussion series with the book that effectively set me on the path of environmentalism... Silent Spring by the … Continue reading Book Discussion Series #1: Silent Spring

Science in Entertainment: Suspend Your Disbelief

Off-topic a little this blog post is. (Beware contains minor spoilers for Lost in Space and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) Pseudo-science in the entertainment industry is not a new thing, just look at the frequency of sound in space on film, but I recently got into a discussion with a colleague of mine over … Continue reading Science in Entertainment: Suspend Your Disbelief