Sunday, July 26, 2015

What do climate scientists really think about global warming!




This remarkable video explores how Australia’s top climate scientists personally feel about global warming induced climate change.  They were asked t respond to the question, “How does climate change make you feel?” by Joe Duggan who has compiled their handwritten responses in an exhibition to be shown in August.


posted: Nick Gray

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

US Ecological Deficit Day



Today is US Ecological Deficit Day...for those of you who know all about ecological footprints then you know that we in the developed world are all guilty of exceeding our personal one planet allowance.  Today is the day  when the US exceeds its national biocapacity and goes into the red (i.e. deficit). Each year it gets earlier and today is that point in the Nation's ecological footprint balance.  More information  Should we adopt this in Ireland?

Nick Gray

Friday, July 10, 2015

Practical Course in Botanical Art

There is a unique opportunity to be a part of  a two-day course in botanical art hosted by
well-known botanical artist, Ms Holly Somerville (see http://www.hollysomerville.com/). The two-day practical course will be based at the beautiful Trinity College Botanic Gardens at Dartry, Dublin 6 (nearest Luas Station, Milltown) on the 9th and 10th September.  All sessions start at 10.30 a.m. and end at 4.00 p.m. Tea and coffee will be provided (but not lunch) and materials will be supplied.

Holly is a trained botanist and illustrator, and will give drawing and layout guidance before getting you started with detailed watercolour painting using the rich variety of subject matter available at the gardens.  All abilities will be catered for, as each participant will receive individual tuition. 

To apply contact Sophia – botany@tcd.ie but please be quick as there a limited number of spaces.



The course will cost €70 per day or €130 for both days.


Full payment in advance is essential and required to secure your place. Please note that all monies are non-refundable except in the event of course cancellation. Cheques should be made payable to ‘TCD no. 1 account’ and sent to The Executive Officers, Discipline of Botany, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Cash payments can be made in person during normal office hours to The Executive Officers at the above address.