Carbon calculators are too complicated. How many people are going to analyse their electricity usage or accurately assess the number of miles or kilometres they drive every year? Almost none. How much meat do you eat every year? Seriously? Here’s a carbon calculator I have implemented that simplifies the whole process of calculating individual carbon … Continue reading A new carbon calculator.
I’ve been waiting to write something insightful and sensible about the recent changes in Zimbabwe. Sometimes it’s better to wait and digest what has happened rather than rush into print. I’m afraid this is the best I can manage. Make of it what you will. — MM **************** The year was 1982. It had been … Continue reading Zimbabwe: The Goon Show, continued…
It’s been a sad week for African wildlife. One branch of the The Church of Modern Conservation has been very busy with burning and banning. They continue to believe in the same failed strategies informed by their doctrine and dogma. They persuaded the South African government to reverse a 2013 decision to introduce a legal, regulated trade … Continue reading Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation
Negative news from South Africa dominated the headlines last week, as President Jacob Zuma revealed that he is an uneducated oaf, completely lacking in the skills required of a President and contemptuous of the institutions of state. He also managed to wipe ZAR200 billion (about US$1.5 billion) off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. That’s the same … Continue reading South Africa is Battered and Bruised but the Heart still Beats.
Amidst the controversy around Cecil the Lion, people who are concerned about Africa, and especially the area where Cecil comes from, are missing the point. There is potential for far bigger problems in the region than the illegal killing of an old, if iconic lion. To be sure, Cecil is symptomatic of one of these … Continue reading There’s a Perfect Storm Brewing over South Central Africa.
It has been said that the crisis of Africa is a crisis of governance. While this is true, I sometimes wonder at the astounding naivety of African governments when it comes to encouraging investment and industry. The partnership with China in Africa has exposed this naivety to a degree greater that I have seen for … Continue reading Build it and they will – not necessarily – come.