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How to hide a power station

A few weeks ago I wondered if it was possible to build a beautiful power station, something Britain’s energy minister has suggested. I think you can, but another possibility comes to mind: can you hide a power station? Well, we’ve already done it a couple of times. Cruachan, the ‘hollow mountain’, is one of them. […]

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How to be Wild, by Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is an unusual writer. He was a sports writer and editor for the Times for over 30 years, and he also had a birdwatching column, and writes books about horses and about conservation. Sports and ecology aren’t worlds that don’t often go together, but Barnes writes with passion and flair about both. How […]

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What we learned this week

This week the government dropped plans for zero carbon homes – throwing away 9 years of a decade-long drive in innovation and efficiency. (This was announced in a Treasury document called ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’) The government also reversed previous commitments this week and decided that fracking will be allowed on […]

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What are we scared of?

There’s a fascinating survey out from the Pew Research Centre this morning. They’ve asked over 45,000 people in 40 countries how concerned they were about a range of international issues. Here are the top concerns in the participating countries: There’s a lot to explore in this map. Many countries have an obvious vulnerability and are […]

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A little film about farming

This week The Rules are running a series called 9×9, nine short films about farming. You can follow the series on their website, but here’s one to get you started. It’s just a man called Adolfo talking about his farm in El Salvador, but he’s an inspiring fellow and it’s nicely shot. For all the […]

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Austerity without debt relief is unjust

I’ve hesitated to weigh in on Greece and the ongoing debt crisis. It’s a complex situation and I don’t think I have much to contribute. But one thing I do know – debt always has two sides, and those two sides are not well reflected in the current debate. Debt requires two parties – a […]

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When will global CO2 emissions peak?

A few years ago, before the economy fell over, there was a brief flurry of activity around climate change. One of the key figures at the time was the need for emissions to peak by 2015, a date derived from the 2007 IPCC report and popularized by 350.org and friends. Emissions had to reach their […]

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The Uncertainty Handbook

The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) is a charity that works on communicating climate change. They have specialised in finding messages that engage different audiences, and overcoming obstacles to understanding and acting on climate science. They have a specific expertise that should be of real value to the wider movement – when a big […]

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Exploring Britain’s greenhouse gases

Last week the DECC updated their series of factsheets on Britain’s ‘greenhouse gas inventory’. It’s one of the ways we measure and report carbon, in this case for the UNFCC. If you need all the numbers on Britain’s carbon emissions in one place, this is a useful site to bookmark. Here are Britain’s CO2 emissions […]

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What we learned this week

Another article on one of the great under-reported good news stories of our time – the unexplained fall in violence all across the developed world. If everyone lived in a eco-village, we still wouldn’t have a sustainable lifestyle, Sam Alexander points out. Ethical Consumer have a special report on transport. Dirk Philipsen gives a concise […]

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