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It’s been over a month since we have posted here which is too long. But we’ve had some new calves who’ve joined the pasture and lots more work to feed them. In August, we’ll have the London Olympics and holidays (not very long ones in this pasture).  So we’ll be back from September again (or earlier if there is something that really bugs us). In the meantime, here are a few summer reads for you:

  • Speaking of the Olympics, if you’re more technically minded you may be interested in this Stated Preference Analysis for an Impact Study on the Olympic Games carried out by eftec in 2004 as part of the London’s (obviously successful) bid to host this year’s Olympics. Even if you’re not technically minded, you might be interested enough to glance at the Executive Summary which details the UK population’s valuation of the intangible benefits and costs of the games.
  • If you were in Southern Ontario, you could have found out the value of the nature around you. We haven’t checked this in detail but we have rated it “pretty cool” in our professional opinion. This is exactly the kind of work we do and of course there are the obvious caveats (the app is unlikely to be able to generate values specifically tailored to specific areas due to the unique properties and relationships humans have with each area) but caveats aside, the app will be able to give people a rough idea of the value of their local environment and perhaps we need to learn from this to make our work more fun!
  • Although we’ve been quiet The Economist has managed some chatter for us – they’ve covered ecosystem services in their Science pages. Let’s hope that after the summer we’ll make it to the main pages, and preferably with better referencing than the 1997 Costanza paper (famously quoted as being “a serious underestimate of infinity”).
  • Unfortunately, it’s not all been good news…. following 2 years of very little rain we’ve had a depressingly (and record-breaking) wet ‘summer’ in London until about three days ago and as if that’s not bad enough, it looks like it may be the early signs of a changing climate, which is making extreme weather events more likely.

With such a wide selection we hope you’ve found something that interests you in our absence, but of course if you really miss us or if you’re inspired to comment on any of the above topics you’re always welcome to Moo with us here!

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We had a trip to out of the pasture last week to see the play GREENLAND at the National Theatre. The play is still on…check it out here:

The programme has a summary of the Stern Review, a foreword from Professor Robert Watson, (Chief Scientific Officer of Defra) among many others, facts and a time line of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change research.

A few of us have been thinking for a long while as to how theatre can be used to communicate environmental messages. It’s interesting that while environmental conditions shape our lives so much, theatre in particular has been relatively silent on the topic. It’s a difficult one – what could the plot of such a play be? An apocalyptic future in which life as we know it is no more? We’ve seen it countless of times in the movies – both big Hollywood blockbusters and small independent films, but really that just provides empty entertainment, or worse, shuts people off rather than engage them in productive debate. Nobody wants to hear bad news.

GREENLAND playwrights chose a different strategy. They show the debate as it is happening today and as it affects people’s lives and psychology….all sorts of different people from deniers to activists and from scientists to civil servants. It was like our pasture on stage – a weird experience. But one that is as informative as it is engaging. Go and see it, it will make you think about what you can do as an individual and whether or how you can make a difference!

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