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Salmon Farming in Patagonia / Geographical

This May 2018 I got a tip-off from a friend that a Chilean salmon farming company was planning a controversial 72,000tonne processing plant at the heart of the Patagonian fiords in Puerto Natales. 

The deep dive research for Geographical magazine is a story of fishy politics, questionable farming practices and the changing geography of the salmon farming industry as they move into the near-pristine seas of the southernmost waters of the planet.

I would like to express my thanks for the interviews, comment and photography provided by the Citizen Education Council of Ultima EsperanzaGreenpeace Chile, National Geographic Pristine Seas scientist Alex Muñoz and Australis Seafoods.

Click here to read online in a new tab. 

The Greenpeace sign reads ‘This is what the salmon industry is hiding’ referring to the football-field sized space each concession occupies with depth of cages equivalent to a five-storey building. (Photo: Sergio Salazar/Greenpeace). Cover photo: Greenpeace Andino.

 

 

 

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Science and politics find uneasy mix at IPCC / Geographical

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in Edmonton for their Cities conference this March, the Deputy Premier for Alberta used her stage time to promote the advancement of provincial oil exports.

Alberta’s Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman. PH. Connor Mah

I reported remotely for Geographical magazine online.

During the conference Alberta highlighted their impressive suite of climate mitigation policies at provincial level. Yet, by dramatically increasing their exported carbon emissions simultaneously, I argue this represents a dangerous double-think with regard to tackling the global climate change challenge.

You can read the article here (opens in new tab)

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Does UK’s Environment Plan go far enough? / Geographical

On January 11th the British Prime Minister launched the government’s much anticipated 25 Year Year Environment Plan.

I shared my thoughts on the proposal for Geographical Magazine online

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Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

 

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Island Man / Geographical

Before the time of celebrity culture, desert islands were places of wonder and personal discovery and spiritualism. Our cultural references are rich in the English language from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Daniel Defoe’s writing of arguably the first ever novel, Robinson Crusoe.

In April 2017 I was “shipwrecked,” on an islet in the Pearl Island archipelago, a few hundred kilometres off the Pacific coast of Panama. I wrote a few articles about the cut and thrust of our 8 day survival experience (Outdoor Fitness, Blue Ridge Outdoors and Get Out There) and created a photo set and short film now found at Desertislandsurvival.com.

This article for RGS Geographical was a bit different. You can read an extract from the current issue below.