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Environment

What is a Forest Garden?

What is a Forest Garden?

According to the Agroforestry Research Trust, a Forest Garden is ” a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants. These are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural forest – the most stable and sustainable type of ecosystem in this climate.” It is the way that Nature herself works in many settings, with trees providing cover and protection for an array of bushes and smaller plants that flourish in harmony closer to the earth. They take a lot of careful planning to set up, to get the balance right, but once established they can provide a very good return for the space. They don’t have to be huge, either – you don’t have to own a whole forest to have one – when done well, they can be scaled down to domestic garden size. With growing pressure on land, and with increasing numbers of people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, if only to ensure quality and freshness, this could be the way forward. A simple forest garden will have three layers – trees, shrubs and ground plants – but why stop there? There can be up to seven...

The Bees and Neonicotinoids – it’s not good

The Bees and Neonicotinoids – it’s not good

This is taken from the mid-month Indigo Update for January 2021: So, that’s it. We are now officially, finally, out of the EU. The deal is done – and, as always, the devil is in the detail. While much noise was made about imports & exports; about travel restrictions and reciprocal health agreements, much more is only now coming to light, thanks to eagle-eyed watchers. The Guardian newspaper reported on 9th January that the UK Government had broken its promise to maintain the ban on bee-harming pesticides and – quite rightly – those who care about such things are buzzing with anger. Back in 2018 the UK, along with other EU members, banned the use of a particular type of pesticides called neonicontinoids. Its own advisory board had stated, “scientific evidence now suggests the environmental risks posed by neonictinoids – particularly to our bees and pollinators – are greater than previously understood, supporting the case for further restrictions.” It took a lot of work by those who care about the environment to achieve that particular victory, and so it is especially disappointing (to put it mildly) that the UK Government has reneged on the agreement so quickly. So keen was...

SOLAR FLARE AND SOLAR MINIMUM – A POWERFUL COMBINATION!

SOLAR FLARE AND SOLAR MINIMUM – A POWERFUL COMBINATION!

HERE IS THE WEATHER FORECAST – AND IT’S IMPORTANT …. Do you remember The Big Storm of 15th October 1987? Do you remember Michael Fish, the BBC Weatherman saying that earlier that day a woman had called the BBC to say that a hurricane was on its way? Dapper as always, Michael Fish moved to reassure the British public – “don’t worry, there isn’t a storm coming.” I would hate to be known as the Michael Fish of the Indigo tribe – so here is the weather forecast according not to me, but to those who keep an eye on the much bigger picture. Please do take a few minutes to read, because it is here and it is now. WHAT ARE CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS? They are enormous bursts or expulsions of superheated gas (plasma) and magnetic field from the Sun’s corona. This is what is sometimes called “The Sun Sneezing”. According to the Space Weather Prediction Centre at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in US, “they can eject billions of tons of coronal material and carry an embedded magnetic field (frozen n flux) that is stronger than the background solar wind interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) strength….The fastest...

Climate Change:  fact or fiction? with Marcus Allen

Climate Change: fact or fiction? with Marcus Allen

Climate change is a hot topic right now – pun very much intended.  CO2 emissions, rising sea levels, forest fires,  and the declining polar bear population – all are signs of global warming, we are told. But is that really true, or might it be (yet more) fake news? Marcus Allen is UK publisher of NEXUS, the magazine I like to call the Private Eye of the metaphysical world. He is also a well-known and highly-respected researcher and presenter in his own right, and on FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER he is guest speaker at our INDIGO DISCUSSION GROUP. We shall meet as always in the private room at the Harvester at Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath  RH16 4BB, 10am – 12 noon or so, and Marcus will be sharing with the science that shatters some of the assumptions we have taken on board. You can try his quiz for yourself – it’s got a post all to itself: how many questions can you answer before you start Googling? If you would like to come along, please do. It would be useful to know if you are going to join us, so I can keep an eye on numbers – simply email...

Climate Change – the quiz!

Think you know about climate change? Are you sure? Then why not try this quiz, set by researcher, presenter and UK editor of NEXUS magazine, Marcus Allen? It will test your knowledge and perhaps shake some of your assumptions too (answers at the bottom, but don’t cheat!) 1.      By how many degrees Celsius has the world warmed during the past 20 years?          a)   0.3ºC            b)     0.8ºC                   c)    1.5ºC 2.      By how many degrees Celsius has the world warmed since the pre-industrial period?
           a)    10ºC                    b)    3ºC                      c)    1ºC 3.      It is thought there were between 5,000 and 15,000 polar bears alive in 1960.
            How many polar bears are alive today?          a)    more than 28,000        b)   5,000 – 10,000              c)    fewer than 4,000 4.      What share of the world energy consumption is met by wind and solar energy?          a)      2.6%                   b)    0.8%           c)    8.4% 5.      Since the 1920s, what has happened to the number of people killed by extreme 
       weather events?          a)    increased by more than 90%
      b)    decreased by more than 90%
         c)    remained stable 6.      What is the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere?
 a)    40%             b)    4%                      c)    0.04% 7.      What does the...

Climate Change – is it real, and is it what we are being told?

Climate Change – is it real, and is it what we are being told?

Nowadays there is a lot of fake news, there is a lot of smoke and mirror stuff swirling around. None moreso perhaps than the issue of “climate change” – as if that was something new, as if the climate had never changed before, ever. If we look back over history, it is not hard to find, even in recent history, quite marked changes in our climate – the River Thames has frozen over, for instance, more than 20 times between 1309 and 1814, and on five on those occasions the ice on the river was thick enough for people to skate on it, including 1814. More recently people skated on the river in 1963. Researcher and author Gregg Braden, in his book Turning Point,  publishes data rom Energy and Environment vol 19, Nº 1 (2008), in the form of a graph showing warming and cooling of our climate over the last 2000 years. in the Medieval Warming Period (820 – 1040 CE (used to be AD, now CE), the rise in temperatures were four times greater than what we are experiencing now – and guess what? It was followed by a period of cooling, a mini Ice Age. Seems I...