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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 Battle Against Nature for Cotton

Using modern techniques, it has been possible to identify the earliest cotton in a copper bead within a grave in Mehrgarh. It is thought the first cotton was grown and utilised by early farmers in this region of what is … Continue reading

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Clothing our nakedness.

Any other form of life is perfectly fitted to its environment. We were probably at our best when our bodies were covered in fur and we lived in jungle terrain. Since we lost our fur, we have had to clothe … Continue reading

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C02 and Agricultural Practices

Since Neolithic times, when humans became farmers, we have sought ways to change land use to fit our needs. We have terraced hillsides to grow food, we have developed irrigation and switched routes of rivers to benefit land where water … Continue reading

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Living Things and the Carbon Dilemma

Since Joseph Black discovered carbon dioxide and chemists began to understand its importance, we have harnessed it for many advantageous applications which assist humans in their endeavours. The medical world has grown thanks to our understanding of how living things … Continue reading

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CO2, the Gas of Life

A Scot, Joseph Black discovered Carbon Dioxide in 1755  The Discovery of Carbon Dioxide In Black’s early years at Glasgow, he probably started his work on the chemistry of “magnesia alba“. He submitted his work later for his MD thesis in Edinburgh including the discovery of what … Continue reading

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Combustible Plastic Materials: Unsafe in Schools, Hospitals and Residential Homes

72 people died in the infamous Grenfell Tower Building, situated in London, UK. The fire was due to it being ‘wrapped in plastic’. Surely this council building must be a horrible exception? No matter how low or high the building, … Continue reading

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Another Endocrine Disruptor: Perchlorate

Continuing with my previous theme of fire and toxins, and also looking at another endocrine disrupter, we find this one was invented by chemists during World War Two, as part of rocket propulsion experiments by military weapons makers. Indeed, the … Continue reading

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Plastic Factory Fires: Killer Phthalates

And one YouTube dramatic coverage of a 2013 fire at a Recycling Centre in Sheffield. It is helpful to read this article, written over twenty years ago, which describes how different plastics burn. The Firefighters who attend a plastics factory … Continue reading

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Let’s Have “extended producer responsibility”!

Renewable industry manufacturers, whether they be start-ups or high fliers, are rubbing their hands with anticipation of financial wealth beyond their wildest dreams. Governments can sell their concepts to citizens as climate change solutions, winning votes and ensuring election. What … Continue reading

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No Landfill for Lithium, Thank you!

If anything is not economic to recycle, we have always dumped it in landfill with a pretence we had no choice. All landfill activity is known to be a last resort, but landfills are growing around the globe despite that. … Continue reading

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