Oh dear! It's been a long time since I updated my blog. A lot of things have happened which means change of some sort to my website. Obviously a simple Penguin like me cannot run a website and so I have always had a human friend who helps me. Unfortunately, my friend is not at all well and can't carry on helping me. So I am rather desperately looking for someone or some group to take over my website and, I hope, improve it. I would still be here, still giving you kids facts and news about really important stuff like climate change, pollution and so on, all based on science. The alternative, I'm sorry to say, will be that my website will die and I will be very sad indeed.
What can you do to help? I guess the answer is to talk to your parents and your teachers at school to see what they suggest. Lots of kids from over 220 countries in the world use my website. In the last 5 years that's well over 1 1/2 million of you and not far off 4 million over the last 10 years (3,708,433 between February 1, 2008 and February 1, 2018). Almost 1/3 of my website visitors are from the USA. So you decide whether you think my website is worth supporting. If you think it is, do something! If you come up with a possible solution, scroll to the bottom of my home page where you can find out how to send me an email. I promise I will answer if your suggestion looks good.
I've been very busy lately. You have to appreciate that I'm rather slow doing things, being a penguin. Having flippers and sharp beak is great in the cold seas which me and my friends live in in the southern ocean which surrounds Antarctica. But they are no good on a keyboard. This is why things like my guides don't get updated as often as I would like. The good news is that I may possibly get some human help soon.
Things aren't looking too good for the planet's climate right now. The most important greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, is increasing again after 2 or 3 years in which it didn't. People were hoping that they'd turned a corner and that this carbon pollution was actually on the point of going down. And so it should have been when you think of all the renewable energy stuff that has been installed all over the place. Sadly, the rise continues.
But there is a new book for kids about how you can do something to help save the world. Find out more
I'm launching my new 'Tiki's Lucky Dip' scroller today. It's taken me weeks of work which seems crazy when you look at it. It looks so simple, doesn't it! Well let me tell you it was not simple. Maybe it would be easy for you clever kids because a lot of you probably learn about coding. I had to teach myself and I am only a penguin. Anyway, do have a go with my Lucky Dips. You can find the button on the top right of my main pages. And please tell your friends.
We have all heard lots about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has caused. Meanwhile in South Asia, heavy monsoon rains and massive floods have caused the deaths of over 1000 people. Around 40 million people have been affected in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. This sort of extreme weather is what climate scientists have been predicting for some time and now it's coming true. Fortunately, there are many things that people can do to slow or stop climate change. But at present, not enough is being done. There are two problems. One -- the big one -- is climate change itself; the other is people who won't accept that the planet is getting hotter or that it is caused by humans using enormous quantities of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas). Climate change is already seriously affecting millions of people (not to mention other animals and plants) and will soon be affecting billions unless people take big steps to tackle it. And yes, it will likely affect you, your family and friends in the near future so if you want to understand what's happening and what you can do, a good place to start is my Hot Earth guide.
Dear me, how quickly the time passes. I've been away in Norway. Wow, fabulous scenery with trolls everywhere (so I was told).And this was the first time I'd ever been north of the Arctic Circle where there is 24-hour daylight in mid-summer and where the sun never rises at all in mid-winter. And no, I didn't see any polar bears. If I had, I'd have scarpered pretty fast, I can tell you. Anyway, I don't suppose a polar bear has ever even seen a penguin, let alone eaten one! Why? So now it's back to work, struggling to keep this website up-to-date and trying to find enough money to keep it going. Groan!
Well, I got there. I finally finished my Eating the Future guide. I brought it all up to date including two quizzes. Do take a look!
How on earth can a Penguin speak English? Good question. And you know what? I'm not going to tell how I do it. That's my secret. So anyway, I make my recording. Then I put it online so you can listen. Cool, right? I will be doing new podcasts (mp3) every so often on topics that I hope you will find awesome! Watch this space.
Bye for now.
Tiki the Penguin October 2017