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About alex

British cartoonist and writer, living in the Basque Country, but based in New Zealand.

A Cartoon About Expanding Your Vocabulary

cartoon about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis being the longest word in the English language.

One of the most distressing things about the current political climate (soundbites being more important than informed, considered policy) is the dumbing down of political discourse. Of course twitter doesn’t help.

Though I have a background in biochemistry, I confess that I didn’t know that pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis was the longest word in the English language. It isn’t a word I’ve ever had cause to use. Fortunately.

The US Department of Defense Believes in Climate Change

climate change is a threat to national security.

There are far too many people in the US who do not believe climate change is happening. The top brass in the US military are not among them. In 2015, the US Department of Defense released a report on the security implications of climate change. 

The report finds that climate change is a security risk, Pentagon officials said, because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations. Communities and states that already are fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges, they added.
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