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About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers. In 1998 I co-wrote Millennium Countdown (US)/ A Business Guide to the Year 2000 (UK) see https://www.abebooks.co.uk/products/isbn/9780749427917

The earth cannot take it any more

https://theconversation.com/human-disruption-to-earths-freshwater-cycle-has-exceeded-the-safe-limit-our-research-shows-182562 Please read the above. Learn how each of us can stay informed and help with solutions. We cannot be silent or passive. We can help if we use our 7 billion minds together. See how young scientists are working … Continue reading

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Oil Plunder

Virunga National Park, home, to the last mountain gorillas and people of the Congo, has been placed in a deal to auction off the precious territory to countries like the US and UK so they can drill for oil! https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/25/world/congo-auction-land-oil-companiesContinue reading

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The Sand is Running Out

This metaphor is so appropriate as we miss deadlines for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, as we plunder finite resources to intensely build renewables and electricity storage technology, thus expanding the greenwashing message. We cannot unlearn the centuries of … Continue reading

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Agricultural solutions

I have just watched a Euronews coverage of how enterprising solutions have enabled Algerian farmers to utilise the water table below the desert and renewable electricity to grow potatoes and other foods in specially cultivated areas. Watch at: https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/27/from-sand-to-spuds-how-algeria-galvanised-its-agricultural-sector This … Continue reading

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Does history tell us anything?

I read this recently in Ruth Ben Ghiat’s book, Strongmen: “The Cold War made Mobutu’s long rule and luxurious lifestyle possible. The age of decolonization marked a shift in the economic order, with the end of European empires bringing the … Continue reading

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When we rebuild

Bertrand Piccard says we must develop wisdom and respect. He is collecting 1000 solutions which exist already, but then will promote them to attract greater investments. We can rebuild whilst not recreating the harmful environments of the past centuries. https://bertrandpiccard.com/articles/the-1000-solutions-callContinue reading

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‘You play with our world, like it’s your little toy’

Dylan put it into words. I am singing it now. I cannot believe we are seeing a beautiful land and its people being attacked in the 21st century, with the most cruel weapons. The industries that made these weapons are … Continue reading

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Battle for Resources

In Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s book ‘Strongmen’ she says geopolitics is when authoritarian regimes have a …. conception of the state as an organic entity with the right to defend itself from threats to its safety and the right to expand into … Continue reading

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Recycling Plastic and Thinking Disassembly

This planet is drowning in plastic, the forever chemical made from oil. Peak oil production was during the 1970s. If we assume that consumption patterns continue at their current rate, we will need three times as many natural resources by … Continue reading

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A to Z of Synthetic Fibers for Fashion

A fiber is defined as any product capable of being woven or otherwise made into a fabric. (See educational site). Fibers created for the textile industry through: Agricultural products: cotton or wool Units: such as nylon or polyester manufactured in … Continue reading

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