The Lombok disaster

HOW many children today own an atlas or a globe? It has become too easy to tap a place name into a laptop and to view a location or set up a satnav system on a vehicle’s dashboard. Family journeys... more »

The new soft silver

THE rugged, peninsular county of Cornwall, UK, where I was born at its most southwestern extremity, abounded in the 18th and 19th centuries with tin and copper mines on an industrial scale. The last tin mine at South Crofty shut... more »

Have we forgotten acid rain?

IN the late 1960s at a nautical college, the cadet officers’ knowledge needed broadening beyond their chosen subjects. One of my remits was to develop a course which I entitled EEC. Most cadets thought I would be talking about the... more »

Beating plastic pollution

WHILST the 1940s and 1950s saw the mass production of plastics, it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that various forms of plastic were invented. Three inventors were attributed to the creation of plastic. Alexander Parkes, an... more »

Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face

MANKIND’S seeming lack of response to climate change through ignoring scientifically proven data showing that there is a global rise in annual temperature beggars belief. The Paris Climate Agreement (Paris Accord) of 2015 to reduce world temperature increases to 2... more »

The poor poachers’ pockets

STEALING goods and knowingly distributing and receiving stolen goods are criminal offences throughout the globe, with usually heavy prison sentences and/or hefty fines imposed. Few readers will know that behind drug smuggling, counterfeiting, and human trafficking, the illegal trade in... more »
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