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

What’s the big fracking deal?

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) has been in the New Zealand news quite a bit in recent times. If you haven’t heard about fracking, you’re not alone: a recent study in the US found that 63% of respondents had never heard of or were not familiar with hydraulic fracturing. There’s a great song which explains fracking in a nice concise way – it’s well worth a listen. Continue reading

Connecting the dots

Today is ‘Climate Impacts Day’, which is organised by This year for them is all about connecting the dots between climate change and the crazy weather we’re seeing. And if you’re wondering why they’re called, 350 parts per million (ppm) is the number which according to scientists is the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We’re currently sitting at 392ppm. Continue reading

Let’s go nuclear!

Since yesterday (14 April 2012) was the 30 year anniversary of Wellington (New Zealand) being nuclear-free, I thought it would be fitting to do a post looking at nuclear power, and all the reasons why it’s not the solution to the energy crisis. It’s a bad idea on so many levels, I hardly know where to start, but just for the fun of it, I will first look at the advantages of nuclear. Continue reading

On thin ice

I recently watched the BBC series ‘Frozen planet’, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. As I watched the first six episodes, I will admit to feeling a bit disappointed that there was no mention of any changes brought about by global climate change. However, it seems they were just saving it up; in episode 7, they finally looked at the melting of the polar ice caps and what it means, not just for the wildlife, but for people too. Continue reading

Water, water everywhere… right?

Maybe I’m just a bit slow on the uptake, but it was a staggering realisation that all the water we have is ALL the water there is, and it just constantly gets recycled by nature.  It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that there’s an infinite supply of water, especially during our long rainy winters here in Wellington!  Continue reading