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    Raja Ampat- Pristine reefs

    cheers. final flight sorted. Got an overnight in Manado. Last day at work today.
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    Raja Ampat- Pristine reefs

    Thanks. I'm really excited. Although not looking forward to the journey and haven't got my third and final flight sorted yet either.
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    Raja Ampat- Pristine reefs

    I'm off to Raja Ampat on thursday gents. Very excited.
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    Another nice reef

  5. I'd say it's definetley a Symphylia over an Acan, Acan's don't have meandering valleys.
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    New toy...

    Nice bike!
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    NEW DELIVERY.................WOW!

    Definetley. Fantastic coral. Did you only get 1 in the box?
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    NEW DELIVERY.................WOW!

    GORGEOUS Is the blue polyp bottle brush an Echinata?
  9. Certainly is Lyns. Phytoplankton is obvisouly the basis of all marine food webs but it also supplys the planet with most of it's oxygen and is a massive carbon sink. Problem is we have been overloading it with carbon.
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010...-decline-nature
  11. This is all so short-sighted. Do they think it's all going to go away if they get rid of the people telling them about it? It's the conservatives, why am I surprised? http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010...cuts?intcmp=239 The SDC costs £5 Million a year, it saved the government £70 Million in efficiency savings last year. And was expected to make much more savings from recycling and road transport, these were likely to add up to £300-£350m in savings over the next five years. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010...ernment-savings I cant beleive people voted these idiots in.
  12. I would just like to add I don't buy the "don't do anything, it's futile" argument. I am not willing to give up on the Human Race just yet. Yes, we're a nasty lot but I'm sort of fond of some of them. We could well fail, but while there's a chance that we can preserve the amazing amount of life on this planet we should strive with all the power we have to conserve that.
  13. It's a shame that the plan by certain governments and institutions around the world determined to carry on with 'business as usual" is just that, to cross their fingers and hope it doesn't happen. I have a feeling it wont be good enough.....
  14. We used to get our energy from trees. But then we cut them all down. It's only the worlds poorest people that get there energy from trees. I think you make good points. But there really is an immediate threat of energy supply and global climate change from us burning fossil fuels and deforestation. Medication isn't going anywhere fast, I can't see how we can change that, I cant see why it's that much of a problem, not unless you think our only problem is population and you think there should be less people? We can get ourselves off fossil fuel, we are clever enough and have the technology to do that. problem is we are fast approaching a point of atmospheric co2 concentration that the worlds leading scientists say could well lock us into a warming world and will trigger natural feedback mechanisms, like methane from the perma frosts and less reflection and more absorbtion of the suns energy by the lack of polar ice caps from warming. We can live more sustainably too, it will be bl*8dy hard though mainly because consumerism is thrown in our faces 24/7.
  15. Hi Linds, As far as I'm aware there is no way of burning oil that doesn't damage the planet, unless you capture the co2, but that's unproven in many ways. As we are finding out extraction is a disaster for the environment too. There all oil spills all around the world, all of the time, we are only hearing about this one because it's in the USA. The ones in Africa and the ones all through the Amazon don't get reported because they are only effecting some small time poor people, not rich westerners. The Canadian tar sands, are an environmental disaster but they still keep doing it.....the process nearly uses as much energy to extract it than what it yeilds. But because north america is addicted to oil they need it, and lots of it. I keep thinking how many solar panels and offshore wind farms could they have built with all the money they are paying through clean up and compensation (compensation which will never really compensate what they have done to people and the environment? It's easy to blame population on the environmental peril that we face, but it's not really the biggest problem. It's how we are living that is the real problem. Rich countries are eating up the worlds natural resources not the poor. Rich countries populations peaked years ago, yet per person we consume a massive amount more than the poor. China is the world biggest producer of co2 now, but that is only because it is making all the consumer goods for Europe and the U.S. When you compare emmisons per head against China and the U.S the U.S are much higher per person, this is because of the high consumption life styles they lead. I've been following this for years now and the problems to our energy needs are there, whether the political will ever be good enough, "globally" is anyones guess. But now I have come to realise that even if we decoupled from high carbon energys etc, we still need to tackle consumption, and our present economic system relys on growth. We need to find a way where we can "all" prosper and flourish as people but without more and more economic growth. Because growth is just a measure of consumption of the worlds natural resources and this planet has finite resources and many ecological limits (co2 in the atmosphere,fish in the sea, soil degradation, etc) . We are all told that GDP is the indicator to watch but it doesn't measure how happy we are,crime rates,our environment, our health, the state of our natural resources etc. We need to start thinking outside of the box because this experiment is not working and we are sleep walking to disaster.