Justinian’s Plague and Ebola

The Roman Emperor Justinian had started to rebuild the Roman Empire when the Mediterranean was hit by a plague that wiped out a third of the empire’s population. It had a similar devastating impact on the Persian Empire which made the rise of Islam much easier. Isolated and in small communities the population of the Arabian Peninsula were less More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 19th, 2014

Why an expanding global middle class is going to cause us all problems

Much has been made of recent announcements that the world’s population is not going to peak at 9 billion in 2050, but will rather increase for the rest of the century, hitting over 11 billion by 2100.  This More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Greenland’s ice caps are bigger than thought previously. So what?

Lots of interesting science coming out at the moment about the impact of global warming on sea levels.  A new report about Greenland claims that the ice that is trapped on land is much greater than previously More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Antarctic ice loss is double what previously thought

Remember those climate change sceptics who claimed that while they agreed that Arctic ice cap loss was accelerating, the Antarctic was seeing an increase in ice.  They were wrong. From the Guardian: Antarctica More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Climate Change as a game of Tetris

TED has come up with a good explanation of Climate Change using the game Tetris as an analogy for carbon “blocks” building up in the atmosphere.  At 2:48 minutes it won’t take much time to More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Holy Trinity: How to explain Climate Change to Conservative Christians

To the great surprise of most people living in North America, January 2014 was the fourth warmest January in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What is even more More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Climate Change Refugees

Three hundred people drowned last week when an overcrowded fishing boat sank off the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, close to the north African coast. They were emigrants from northern and sub-Saharan Africa seeking More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, October 4th, 2013

Is it time we stopped shitting in the bath?

The thought of actually shitting in the bath makes most people squeamish.  It feels so wrong and, lets face it, gross. And yet we do exactly that everyday, at least metaphorically. Our planet is a gigantic bathtub. It More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Vanishing honey bees – a cause for concern

My day job is running a renewable energy development company, with a focus on solar PV and biomass energy.  On the solar side I have been trying to make our sites as environmentally beneficial as possible.  By More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Tar Sands in Canada are worlds third-largest oil reserve with 173billion untouched barrels | Mail Online

The Tar Sands project in Alberta, near the centre of Canada, is controversial.  The UK’s Daily Mail, a paper that typically scorns environmental issues as the ravings of socialists, has a powerful set of More...