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Leon Roskilly

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  1. Things not rosy in Scotland http://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/News/Abuse-claim-prompts-canoe-ban-call-on-Spey-03102013.htm
  2. Please see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24369244 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/03/ocean-acidification-carbon-dioxide-emissions-levels
  3. Where are they? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/09/30/what-happened-to-hurricane-season-and-why-we-should-keep-forecasting-it/
  4. Bit windy down there though http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/melbourne-braces-for-more-wild-winds-20131001-2up7d.html
  5. There's an app for that! Not just dumped rubbish but lots of other problems can be reported to the appropriate council department automatically by taking a picture and submitting a report. And you can monitor progress via the website. http://www.lovecleanstreets.org/Reports/Home It works The kind of reports being dealt with: http://www.lovecleanstreets.org/Reports
  6. Of course you might find that your gear is 'confiscated' http://www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/Thieves-took-pound-4k-fishing-gear-anglers-asleep/story-19864201-detail/story.html#axzz2gMaiPdVK
  7. Interesting http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/sea-horses-in-maine-warm-water-ocean-species-growing-more-prevalent-in-new-england/2013/09/26/16f5565a-26b5-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.html
  8. I've got a box full of stick-floats, and a box full of wagglers. All shapes, sizes, colours, loadings etc. some home-made from gull, swan or peacock feathers. When I arrive at a water, I spend a few moments working out what kind of float I need to match the situation. Species, bait, distance being fished, light, wind, flow, mood etc And the float I need is hardly ever amongst the collection Grrrrr! (I've sometimes resorted to fashioning a float from twigs, or dried grass stems, on the bank with the collection(s) left unused in the tackle bag!)
  9. George Monbiot prefers 'climate breakdown' ! They changed 'warming' to 'change' because some places might actually get colder as ocean and atmospheric currents change as a result of some places getting hotter, and the consequences are likely to be more intense storms, droughts and and rainfall events, rather than a gentle warming by a few degrees that some were starting to look forward to.
  10. Back in the early '60s I was working on a cargo vessel docked in a harbour in Barohana. A huge shark swam into the harbour and I threw in a chicken wing to keep it interested whilst I went to grab my fishing gear (pike rod!) Rather than attracting the shark, the small splash spooked the giant and it went off like a rocket, heading back out to sea
  11. As well as Wales everyone is looking at bass now it seems. England: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&Completed=2&ProjectID=18963 Ireland: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Projects/national-bass-programme.html
  12. Worrying http://www.opb.org/news/article/ocean-of-change/
  13. Oh Dear! http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/local/10689321.Man_ordered_to_pay___600_for_falling_asleep_while_fishing/
  14. Went for a bike ride this morning. They tasted good.
  15. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10320635/Fishing-for-Schools-how-to-get-kids-hooked-on-learning.html As well as at the odd angling event, I've bumped into Angling Trust ambassador Charles Jardine several times on a local trout water. Once with a party from a local school. Another time he was exploring the margins with a tadpole fly, whooping with delight and enthusing at the power of the trout he hooked in to. On another occasion, he put down his rod for a while to give another angler a free lesson in fly-casting (an experienced fly-fisherman that belongs to the same syndicate as me). Ken was stunned by the experienced (and now casts a whole lot better!) (I was only slightly jealous and secretly flattered that Chares hadn't felt that my casting needed sorting). His joy at fishing, and helping others into fishing, passing on skills, knowledge and enthusiasm is inspirational.
  16. Oh! Sh*t! No point in anything now http://www.universetoday.com/12648/will-earth-survive-when-the-sun-becomes-a-red-giant/
  17. Plants use photosynthesis to take carbon out of the atmosphere and make sugar. Fermentation involves releasing that same CO2 back into the atmosphere from where it came (the amount of CO2 in the carbon cycle stays the same, same as with burning wood). Producing petrol involves mining 'fossil' carbon (oil) from where it is locked up deep underground. When it is burned the CO2 is released, adding to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (same as with coal and gas).
  18. Barry, that was a result of burning coal in open hearths, releasing not only invisible CO2 but also particulates (ie smoke) which would be trapped beneath the inversion layer of high-pressure weather systems under local geographic conditions (ie the Thames Valley). Now we burn coal in power stations and filter out the particulates (but not the CO2). And use electricity and gas to heat our homes. So, the particulates are no longer released into the atmosphere but the CO2 is. And we now (smokelessly) burn a helluva lot more fossil fuel now, releasing much more of that invisible CO2 to the atmosphere. Oh! and the CO2 released back then, along with the smoke was causing a problem. CO2 released from fossil fuels has been accumulating since the start of the industrial revolution. Think of it as a bucket slowly being filled (but increasingly fast). When it has only a little in the bottom, it's not too heavy, but as more and more is put in, the more effect it has until something eventually gives.
  19. Bringing Summer back! http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/24149077
  20. An interesting read http://m.rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/2001/20120294.full
  21. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/sep/16/climate-change-contrarians-5-stages-denial
  22. I think you've annoyed it Chesters http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml
  23. The Aussies weren't too happy http://www.pacificwar.org.au/battaust/Britain_betrays_Australia.html
  24. Got it one Barry, as with most Daily Mail reporting it's on a par with 'Monster Shark Threatens UK Bathers' when someone boats a porbeagle..
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