In a world where heatwaves will be longer, hotter, drier, and more frequent, now is the right time to start a serious conversation about animal agriculture, writes Paul Gilding.In mid-July, as a brutal drought decimated crops, some European dairy and meat farmers were forced to cull their herds early to reduce the number of animals they needed to feed. Such desperate decisions will become routine in a world where heatwaves will be longer, hotter, drier, and more frequent. That is why now is the right time to start a serious conversation about animal agriculture.The animal agriculture industry is not only vulnerable to the observed and predicted effects of climate change; it is also a key contributor to the problem. In fact, the farming of animals for meat and dairy products accounts for 16.5% of global greenhouse-gas emissions.Moreover, if we treated climate change as the emergency it is and were serious about slowing the pace of warming over the next 20 years, the proportional … [Read more...] about Meat consumption contributes to the murder of our planet
When we set about measuring tomorrow’s test match in Dublin on rugby’s Richter scale, the most appropriate device might be perspective.Not alone will it have little material influence on what happens in Japan 10 months from now, it will hardly survive until the Champions Cup back-to-back rounds in Europe next month. Life goes on.So it’s all a ball of hype? Not quite. In challenging the Joe Schmidt process, and in informing Steve Hansen of key areas of focus ahead of their World Cup defence in 2019, the meeting of No’s 1 and 2 in the world should prove a highly informative evening at the Aviva Stadium. The world won’t stop turning at 9pm tomorrow night, but we will all walk away from Lansdowne Road with a whole load of new and intriguing scenarios in our heads.The pre-game narrative has bounced from Conor Murray to a bit of barbed back-and-forth across the net about who’s the best and baddest cat in town. Behind it all is a healthy … [Read more...] about Ireland aren’t scared of the All Blacks any more. Isn’t that brilliant?
Wayne Smith’s choice of reading material, when the All Blacks landed in Ireland back in 2005, was instructive.Alan English’s ‘Stand Up and Fight’ had only appeared on the bookshelves earlier that year and the New Zealand assistant coach’s immersion in its pages was proof that Munster’s defeat of New Zealand, at Thomond Park in 1978, held a fascination that was in no way limited to the one province in Ireland.What was really telling was that Smith drew a direct line from that legendary game, in Limerick, straight through to the fixture the latest generation of tourists was to play later that week, against an Irish team that was light years beyond the norms and practices of the amateur era.“That’s 27 years ago and they have had 55 reunions celebrating their win,” Smith said of ’78, the story of which has been embellished by the release of the book for the game’s 40th anniversary.“That tells you how much it means to … [Read more...] about There’s an arrogance about the All Blacks that is well-earned
I would ask the kids, ‘Are you happy to be born?’ They would respond, ‘No! Why did my parents bring me into this world if they’re not going to take care of me? Capernaum will close the Cork Film Festival with a moving tale of poverty and childhood, writes Helen Barlow.Lebanese writer-director Nadine Labaki is an effusive 44- year-year-old who recently became the first female Arab director to win a major prize, the Jury Award, in the Cannes festival. That prize-winning Beirut-set tale will also close Cork Film Festival on Sunday.“I’ve never felt a special situation of being a female filmmaker, I’m just a filmmaker,” Labaki insists. “I’ve never felt I have more or less privilege. I’ve been lucky to be in that situation, but I also understand it’s not that way for other women in my country and for women in the rest of the world too.”Ever since she burst on the international scene with 2007’s Caramel, about … [Read more...] about A moving tale of poverty and childhood
Sorting out Cork people for ages...Q: Guten Tag. I am living in Cork for two years and do be learning the lingo like. (The tuition in the Churchfield School of Proper English do be for nathin’, girl.) There is one problem. It is Nowla. As in, “Look at that, ‘Nowla’,” where Nowla is not in fact my name, like!! The people do be saying it to me all the time and I do be, “what the f**k”, like the guy Ralf, on Gogglebox, that do have the blondie-wan daughter. Why are they calling me Nowla? – Jurgen, St. Lukes and Berlin.A: I looked up the Churchfield School of Proper English there — I could swear I heard the internet laughing at me. Your friends are saying ‘now lah’, as in, ‘now like’. It’s a phrase people use to signal that they are down to earth — or ‘poor’, as we prefer to call it in Ballinlough.Q: My son, Zach, is in one of the top primary schools on the southside. (The fees are called … [Read more...] about Ask Audrey: The tuition in the Churchfield School of Proper English do be for nathin’, girl