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Monthly Archives: January 2014
Planting Trees in the Uplands? There’s an idea….
I was so excited at the thought of OPatz going to live in the woods, foraging for mushrooms and curing badger hams , that I forgot to check what was actually said earlier this week, in relation to flooding and … Continue reading
Posted in flooding, Forestry, Forestry Commission, Owen Paterson, rewilding, uplands Tagged Afforestation, flooding, Flow Country, George Monbiot, Lord Rooker, Owen Paterson, re-wilding 8 Comments
Owen Paterson embraces Re-wilding.
Thanks to Phil Brewin (@waterlevels) for the photo of flooding on the Somerset Levels. It was only a couple of months ago, that Owen Paterson gave his most significant speech since he became Environment Secretary, to the Tory’s favourite Think … Continue reading
Posted in badgers, flooding, Forestry, George Monbiot, Owen Paterson, rewilding, uplands Tagged flooding, George Monbiot, Owen Paterson, re-wilding, uplands 4 Comments
What is a life?
What is a life? This is a question I found myself asking (to myself) as we collected my late brother Simon King’s possessions from his flat. I went through the vinyl records, LPs, 45’s, some I recognised from our childhood, … Continue reading
Posted in Simon King Tagged Kings Reptile World, Palmers, Parkway, Simon King, The Keatons, The Walking Floors Leave a comment
Paterson latest: Badgers stole my bovine TB data
Owen “goalposts” Paterson. (photo by US Department of State [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) Here’s an interesting take on the latest Badger Killing machinations from The Ecologist (is it owned by Zac Goldsmith?). They suggest Owen “Goalposts” Paterson may be … Continue reading
Posted in badgers, Owen Paterson Tagged Andrew Sells, badgers, Natural England, Owen Paterson 2 Comments
Welcome to your new job Mr Sells
Andrew Sells starts as Chairman of Natural England on Monday (20th). If we could wave our magic wands and appear in his office that morning, what would we suggest to him as his top priorities? Some might suggest the Badger … Continue reading
Floods and SUDS
As the flood waters recede they reveal that the “Greenest Government Ever”‘s environmental credentials have finally all been washed away. The idea of Sustainable (Urban) Drainage Schemes, or SUDS has been around for a long time. I can remember arguing … Continue reading
Have we reached Peak Paterson?
is the sun setting on Owen Paterson? ((c) Miles King) Some say we have seen Peak Oil, but are now witnessing Peak “Owen Paterson”? After yesterday’s performance in the Commons, where Paterson repeatedly failed to respond to questioning on his … Continue reading
Posted in anti-environmental rhetoric, biodiversity offsetting, climate change, flooding, Floodplains, Matt Ridley, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Policy Exchange Tagged Anne McIntosh, anti environmental rhetoric, anti environmentalism, climate change, flooding, Matt Ridley, Owen Paterson, red tape 15 Comments
Paterson fails to see wood, only trees
Happy New Year everybody. Let’s hope 2014 is better than 2013. I was wondering what to write for my first blog post of 2014 when my usual supplier turned up. Yes, you’ve guessed it – Owen Paterson Secretary of State … Continue reading