Coral Bleaching

It’s happening, and it’s worse than a bleached…You know. But what exactly is it? What causes it? And why should we care? Coral and algae live a harmonious life together, like butter and bread. But when exposed to pollutants or extended periods of warmer (or cooler) ocean temperatures, the relationship can become toxic. More specifically, … Continue reading Coral Bleaching

First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

A tragedy of the commons is a situation where many people have access to a common, limited resource, which is slowly depleted as individuals use it. This leads to an incentive system where every individual uses the resource as quickly as possible, mindless of the long term consequences of overexploitation and depletion, as anything unused … Continue reading First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

An Inconvenient Inevitability

The Paris Climate Change Conference has drawn to a close and it seems that everyone has been talking about climate change. There was the news that carbon dioxide emissions fell during a period of economic growth for the first time. There were marches across the world in the lead up to the conference calling on … Continue reading An Inconvenient Inevitability

Do Science!

We need scientists. Proper scientists. People who will look at the world and wonder. People who will want to know, want to understand, want to find out. These are the people who have always dragged society along, sometimes kicking and screaming, into a new age of enlightenment and endeavour. Just go onto any news site, … Continue reading Do Science!