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Inspirations: Terraforming Earth with Iron

Iron sulphide could encourage marine algal growth. Small-scale experiments have shown it moving carbon from the atmosphere to the deep ocean. It could offset global warming, but the large-scale effects are unpredictable. In 2012, Russ George provoked controversy by boosting

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Posted in Inspirations, Wednesday Pontification

Book review: Six Degrees by Mark Lynas

This is the most frightening book I’ve ever read. I mean that as a resounding endorsement. Six Degrees summarises the likely consequences of global warming into a form that an interested layman like me can digest without being overwhelmed. The

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Posted in Book review: non-fiction

Lessons from Syria 2: Anatomy of a modern conflict

The Syrian Civil War began in the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011. It followed the collapse of Syrian agriculture due to drought. Millions of displaced farmers joined Iraqi refugees in slums around the major cities. Syria demonstrates several elements likely to

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Posted in Current affairs
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