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Transport innovation of the week: electric charging lanes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Sweden’s electric roads, highways fitted with overhead power cables. It’s a good idea, but it has competition. Today, I want to look at another way to build an electric highway. The trouble with the overhead cables is that they’re only useful to larger vehicles such as lorries […]

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What we learned this week

It was great to see the Hendry Review give a clear nod to the tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, taking us a step closer to this pioneering form of renewable energy. Let’s hope the government has the confidence to build it. I came across In Kind Direct this week, a charity that takes surplus goods […]

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Building of the week: Tayebat Workers Village

Here’s a project that brings together several aspects of progressive architecture: integrated renewable energy, local and natural materials, and design for the poor. This is Tayebat Workers Village in Egypt, designed to blend in with its desert surroundings and unobtrusively house 300 people. I like the way it combines modern technology with traditional techniques to […]

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How China is putting the brakes on coal

Last week I wrote about China and the shift in its energy policy. I mentioned that China is over-investing in coal power, and that the number of power stations being built wasn’t necessarily an indicator of coal use to come. This week we saw confirmation of that problem, as the government instructed 11 different regions […]

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A map of the countries with the most renewable energy

One of the more popular posts on this blog over the past few years has been the one on countries with 100% renewable energy. It’s a list that surprises people, as there are plenty of unexpected countries on there. Here’s a map that makes the same point. It shows the countries that generate over 80% […]

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How far are we from a self-charging solar car?

A few years ago I wrote about the Catecar dragonfly, a lightweight electric car that could be charged entirely through its integrated solar panels. It was due to be trialed at airports and on corporate campuses, but the website hasn’t been updated for years and it doesn’t seem to have got out of beta. That’s […]

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Community mangrove restoration in Madagascar

Mangrove swamps are the single most efficient form of forest when it comes to carbon sequestration. I’ve detailed exactly why in previous posts. They also stabilise coastlines, forming a buffer against storms and floods. They serve as nurseries to small fish. Like many environments in the ‘riparian zone’ between land and water, they are very […]

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What we learned this week

Have you seen the Golden Radiator award winners for 2016? Every year the Norwegian agency SAIH looks at the best and worst of charity promo videos. If you ever watch (and especially if you make) such things, it’s worth taking a look. The energy used to make a solar panel is now repaid in 1.2 […]

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How to bring a tower block into the 21st century

Buildings last a long time. A good one will be enjoyed for generations to come, sometimes for centuries into the future. Build a bad one, and it will be disliked and resented for a couple of decades and torn down as soon as it makes economic sense – but that’s often far longer than people […]

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Book review: How Change Happens, by Duncan Green

There are so many different people out to change the world – activists and campaigners, politicians, academics, business people, community groups. All of them have their own understanding of change, although the chances are that many will never have given it much thought. How Change Happens seems like a pretty important topic then, and Duncan […]

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