Grumpy Scientists: The Ecological Conscience of a Nation
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The concept of grumpiness is discussed, and I suggest that matters of concern to scientists range from the everyday grumpiness common in the wider community, which includes issues which are serious matters of concern to many, through misgivings about the way science and in particular the field sciences are currently practised, to deeply held concerns about the longer term viability of the biosphere. Progress, or the lack of it, in addressing major environmental issues over the last half-century is discussed. It will be necessary to balance pessimistic messages with positive news about successes if members of the broader community are to remain active proponents working to reduce the ecological footprint of the human race.