Views from the Edge

Keep Calm and Save Our Biodiversity

Invasive species are one of the key threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. Moving species beyond their historical geographic ranges, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can have dire consequences. Biological invasions are transforming the ranges of many habitats, which consequently helps accelerate climate change. One example of an invasive species that has had catastrophic effects is the Latin American water hyacinth. It was introduced in Africa, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand and now clogs rivers, starves fish of oxygen, and creates breeding grounds for mosquitos.

A Lonely Saturday Night

Edging Forward

Writing a book takes a long time, and my latest, Edging Forward, took four years, some of it joyful but mostly a lot of hard work. More than ever, given this evidence, I felt it was important to try and communicate my research in a different way to a more general audience.

Walk on, Mandela

In July 2018, it will be a 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who led his people with magnanimity, wisdom and great vision. His widow, Graca Machel and Richard Branson, head of Virgin United have launched a new initiative of the Elders called Walk Together. The Elders are a group of independent former leaders chosen to take forward the work of Madiba Mandela's work on peace, justice and human rights.

Three Trolls Under the Bridge

This article details the results of a 2016 poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics that found just 19% of Americans aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as capitalists; only 42% claimed they support the economic system.

EU Leadership on Plastics

The EU is working on a plan to ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Rapidly Moving Events

What is the cost of inaction? Costly weather disasters have now cost the US a record $306 billion. Although it is difficult to definitively draw cause-effect relationships, “many scientific studies show that some of today’s extremes have climate change fingerprints on them”, according to University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, and past president of the American Meteorological Society [National Post, January 8, 2018]. For another perspective, read further.

Let's all Breathe Easier

I have previously blogged on Victoria and Nanaimo's leadership on reducing plastic in the waste stream and its urgency for the sake of the lungs of the planet—our oceans. The United Kingdom has just banned the manufacturing of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. Why is this important?