Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy writes Nature Studies for the UK's Independent.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:16am
The Lost Years of Climate Change: Are We Just Going to Talk Our Way to Oblivion?
Did it stir something in the memory, by any chance, the extraordinary heat of a fortnight ago, when Britain met with its hottest-ever October day, and numerous places experienced their hottest day of the whole year? Did the sheer, seasonal abnormality of its glare give pause, and revive a concern which has faded almost completely, in the face of skepticism and the economic crisis – the concern that the climate might be drastically changing, with potentially deadly consequences?
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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 8:46am
It's Time Man Stopped to Consider Earth's Health
Are there any limits on what humans can do? Asked rhetorically, the question invites the smiling, triumphant answer, No!, complete with happy-clappy exclamation mark. But to ask it the other way – that is, to ask it simply, in all seriousness – seems to me something that doesn't happen any more.
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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:31am
Have We Learned Nothing Since "Silent Spring"?
Nicotine, found in tobacco, is a deadly substance - and not only for smokers. It has long been known as a powerful natural insecticide, and its presence in the tobacco crop has evolved to deter pests; it is toxic to virtually all of them (except one, the Carolina sphinx moth, whose fat green caterpillar, known in the US as the tobacco hornworm, has evolved a way of dealing with it).
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