Marion Island – the ugly truth

Imagination is the genesis of creativity - an original idea with value. "The path to least resistance leads to crooked rivers & crooked men" [Henry David Thoreau] I picked up a copy of Peter Ryan's 'Guide to SEABIRDS of Southern Africa' & was struck by the recurring theme - '... high chick mortality due to mouse predation.' That tends to get annoying. Appended nearer the front of the publication are some harrowing pictures of ...

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Wind – the truth

'..... it would break the laws of physics if emissions and fuel use didn’t go down when wind was contributing.' - (American Wind Energy Association) Is wind energy, endorsed by co-sponsors BirdLife South Africa & Investec, a blast of hot air? In August 2012 Investec & BirdLife South Africa [BLSA] appointed Samantha Ralston to 'actively participate in the renewable energy sector' - I assume to provide a responsible framework. BirdLife South Africa, prima ...

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Risk on – Risk off

As the western world moves into either a 'soft-patch' or even a double-dip recession, you have to wonder where-to from here. Deleveraging seems to have surpassed our assumptions of an expansion in income. You could in fact argue that central-bank stimulus hasn't worked. Global growth, corporate earnings and end-of-year index projections have, generally, been revised lower. Currency intervention is prevalent but ineffective. It's becoming difficult to see what else can ...

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