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Changing the way the world, or rather 0.0000002%, of it thinks

Defra has put a rather grand sounding release on 'Biodiversity Indicators': "A new publication has been launched today to highlight trends and provide an overview of the country's progress in protecting biodiversity. This is the first time that a set of biodiversity indicators for the UK has been published".

It has quite ambitious aims: "The aim of this publication is to make the indicators easily accessible to a wide audience and to enable everyone to judge where progress is being made and where the challenges lie". So far so good, but in the same paragraph it notes "Around 2,000 copies will be distributed both nationally and internationally".

Naturally my calculation is based on the English billion with 12 noughts, although if I was being really generous, I could apply the US billion (9 noughts) and assume that every copy will be fought over and thumbed through on a daily basis by a couple and 2.2 children. Which takes us to 0.00084 of a rounded 6 billion (US) population. Should anyone want to read it, there is a PDF here.

It also headlines itself 'Biodiversity in your pocket', which put me in mind of small boys loading up their pockets with frogspawn, worms and whatever else they can lay their mitts on.

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Anonymous dearieme said... 5:52 pm

Good for biodiversity. But I do hope that they don't overlook biovibrancy.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:16 pm

Well exactly. Perhaps we are all supposed to sneer at less biologically diverse parts of the world, like - presumably - the Sahara and the Greenland ice cap. Who is to know?  



Anonymous Nomad said... 6:44 am

How many more orang utans must perish as their trees are chopped down to produce paper for this garbage? Or is that non sequitor too polemical for a Wednesday?

O/T: Mr C. Just been reading on a Guido's comments page that Two Jags approved a (somewhat dodgy?)£500m new shopping complex for your neck of the woods. Lucky you! That will make a change from the Whitgift Centre on a wet Saturday afternoon!  



Blogger The Hitch said... 11:50 am

I think you will find that we use the US 9 noughts , if gordon is using 12 noughts boy are we screwed  



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