Superstorm Sandy

My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by Superstorm Sandy, and especially everyone who has lost a loved one. I have never experienced a hurricane and can’t imagine what it’s like, but it looks like things are pretty rough on the East Coast at the moment, and the clean-up will take a while yet. Thinking of you all!

Photo from Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

A balancing act

When it comes to environmental matters, I think the biggest problem is how to balance economic and environmental issues. One of the stories which recently made the news is the people of Greymouth who are trying to save the Spring Creek coalmine. Now, I’m not a fan of mines, and coalmines would probably be my least favourite type of mine. But it’s hard not to sympathise with people who have young families and just want to save their jobs. Continue reading

A nation’s priorities

So apparently almost half of New Zealanders don’t think that climate change is an urgent and immediate problem. If you say that 52.4 percent of people do think it’s an urgent problem, it doesn’t sound so bad. Until you realise that four years ago, 75.4 percent of people thought it was an urgent problem. That’s a pretty big drop, considering that the problem hasn’t actually gone away. If anything, it’s probably more urgent now than it was four years ago. Continue reading