An interesting column by Matt Ridley in today’s Times.
Here is my little contribution to the debate:
“I am a scientist. What is more I am a climate scientist who studied under Professor Sir Nick Shackleton FRS for a PhD at Cambridge. One thing I can tell you is that the ONLY thing that is sure is that the Earth’s climate varies and always has.
For example, 100 million years ago (not long in the 4.5 thousand million year history of our planet) temperatures were at least 4 degrees C higher than today. There were no ice-caps and sea-levels were much higher than today. Much of the USA was under water, covered by an ocean known as the Western Interior Seaway. The dinosaurs thrived under these conditions.
We have as much chance of stopping man-made (that is to say, anthropogenic) or natural climate change as we have of walking naked to Mars. The answer is not to try and stop it but put in place measures by which we can survive it.
There are ways of doing this. Directed adaptation using our hard-won knowledge (by which I mean engineering, including biological engineering) is the only answer.”
Tuesday November 8 2016. I am delighted to announce that my new school’s lecture list for 2017 – 2018 is now available. I am already booked for this autumn at Brambletye Scool in Sussex and am very much looking forward to it. The lecture they have chosen is THE CURSE OF MARS AND OTHER SPACE STORIES. In this lecture I examine the reasons for the recent loss of the ExoMars lander any why it is so difficult to get to the Red Planet. From there I discuss the problems of visiting Venus and finally, in the third section of the lecture, I discuss my recent book on the deep-space Voyager probes, NASA Voyager 1&2, the Haynes Workshop Manual.
We now have an on-line shop at www.evenlodecollectables.com. Although my ‘day-job’ is scientist, writer and broadcaster I have a passion for antique pocket watches. They are tactile and beautiful and, quite simply, a joy to touch and hold.
www.evenlodecollectables.com sells classic pocket watches from American Railroad grade watches to First World War Trench watches to 18th Century verge watches. These are rare antiques and tend to be for serious collectors.
I also have a physical outlet at The Quiet Woman Antique Centre at Southcombe near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire (http://www.quietwomanantiques.co.uk/).
Please browse our online shops or drop in and see our watches – both classic and bespoke dials – at The Quiet Woman.
A 16 size (case diameter 50mm) Waltham Hunting Cased Pocket Watch. The dial is an Evenlode Collectables original with a Masonic motif. These dials are hand-crafted in our workshops and finished to a very high standard (see pictures). They are measured, constructed and fitted by hand (each movement is slightly different). The movement is a Waltham seven jewel standard 16s 1908 model, grade 610, movement with a Breguet Spring that is running strongly. Serial number is 27136307 which dates it to 1930. The case is a lovely Aaron Dennison Gold Filled case. Serial Number 205121. It is made of two plates of 10 carat gold and a middle layer of composition (brass). It is a ‘Star’ case. This case is not showing any brass. There are a couple of very minor dings on the case which are hard to see. Please note: This is a vintage watch fitted with a bespoke dial. All our watches are checked and, if necessaary, cleaned and oiled before they leave Evenlode Collectables but regretfully we cannot offer a guarantee with an item of this age. That said, we will be happy to help you with repairs should they required in the future. Customer service and responsiveness are central to our business. PLEASE NOTE: WE ALSO MAKE DIALS TO ORDER. WE WILL NEED A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE OF YOUR SUBJECT (RELATIVE, PET ETC). PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. £199