12-year window

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC – http://ipcc.ch/organization/organization.shtml ) change have published a key report which calls for urgent action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C in order to prevent environmental catastrophe. The IPCC assessments draws on the work of hundreds of scientists from all over the world who volunteer their time and expertise. The report illustrates mounting impacts and fast-approaching, irreversible tipping points. Nicolas Stern: Accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable growth or suffer the mounting damage from sea-level rise, floods and droughts that will severely hinder efforts to tackle poverty, raise living standards and improve prosperity…… Governments, companies and communities should embrace this transition to a clean and sustainable… Read More

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we are losing

‘Even the planet’s smallest elephants, tucked away on the island of Borneo, are no longer immune to the global poaching crisis for ivory. On New Year’s Eve 2016 wildlife officials in Borneo found the bones of a beloved male elephant, nicknamed Sabre for his unusual tusks that slanted downwards like the extinct sabre-toothed tiger’s canines…. ‘ this is the link to read the full article     The National Trust and other bodies are looking at protections for Britain’s wildlife and special places currently guaranteed under European, which could change when we leave the EU. There are about 800 pieces of EU environmental legislation, covering wildlife and habitats, water quality, farming, food and… Read More

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after the harvest

A wonderful sunny morning so we walked from here, through Tremollett and onto footpath 16. This is a lovely route through fields with Sharp tor and Bearah Tor on the horizon (see my images taken this morning along FP 16). After the harvest the stubble fields are changing colour, towards ochre, and a small field of barley not yet cut has become very dry and pale. So I completed the painting below this afternoon. Then worked on the two above, which are of Hawk’s Tor, the heather, bracken and granite. Related Images:

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corn harvest

Painting the harvest series I’ve been working on a series of oil paintings during these hectic weeks of the corn harvest; the gold, yellows and ochre of the grain and straw against dark hedgerows and summer skies.  See paintings   Out in the corn fields – preparing the straw for bailing up   It’s a busy time for the farmers, working late into the evening. It’s amazing how quickly a field can be harvested; from cutting with the combine harvester, taking the grain back to the silos, turning and bailing the straw. I watched two fields cut and bailed by three people in one day, with the large round bails left to be taken into the sheds when… Read More

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