Food security and Biodiversity

The second of three workshops at University of Bristol looking at Mainstreaming Biodiversity. Also part of my Climate change and agriculture series, funded by the Cabot Institute. There was a diverse group of attendees and speakers. We were lucky to have talks from Tom Powell (University of Exeter), who works on understanding plants’ role in …

Defining Biodiversity

The first of three workshops at University of Bristol looking at Mainstreaming Biodiversity. This workshop was a big picture introduction to the challenges of defining diversity – both from a scientific perspective, but also from the perspective of e.g. nutrient cycling, ecological outputs etc – i.e. the interaction of biodiversity (loss) with other planetary limits. …

Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday – Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is one of my Geography heros, so when I realised he was speaking in Bristol, I had to go. You can watch Diamond’s lecture¬†online if you missed it. I loved Collapse and although some of his other books felt repetitive to me, I’m still a big fan. Several Diamond book are key reading …