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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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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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Thanks for your votes in the UK Blog Awards – I’m through to the next round. You can see the other finalists here, and I’d particularly recommend Ben Eagle’s Thinking Country. It covers farming, conservation and soil, and it’s well worth a read. I’ve written about nettles in the past, and their largely forgotten potential […]

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We have a birthday coming up

Did you know that this blog will be ten years old this year? I started writing Make Wealth History in 2007 with my brother Paul. “We don’t have any answers,” we wrote at the time, “but as we look for them, we’ll be sharing what we find here.” That was our ambition, to try and […]

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What we learned this week

Greetings all, I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season, whatever it may entail for you and yours. I’m writing from the in-laws, surrounded by scattered pieces from the new Playmobil sets that the kids opened yesterday. I’m fine with this, as I liked Playmobil as a child and I still do. Did you know that […]

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What we learned this week

After grid parity solar power should become the most economic form of electricity generation – unless vested interests set out to deliberately thwart it. Arizona is an example of how that can happen. And here are some lessons from Florida to how to stop it happening. Have you see the Transition Network’s relaunched website? As […]

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Oxford Dictionaries have named ‘post-truth’ as their word of the year. On a related note, Tobias Rose-Stockwell has written a great article on the Facebook effect and how social media can erode democracy. It’s on Medium, and it’s got cartoons. Meanwhile, the New Weather Institute is investigating post-truth politics by re-writing folk tales for our […]

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What we learned this week

“News, by definition, is about things that happen, rather than things that don’t” writes Oliver Burkeman in this thoughtful article on the news. “The headlines inevitably focus more on what we fear than on what we value.” The clothing retailer H&M has embraced the circular economy. Elon Musk thinks a basic income is inevitable as […]

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Let’s explore a topic or two together

As regular readers may have noticed, I pick up little series from time to time. They’re often things that are getting overlooked, such as renewable heat, or the ecological impact of meat. Or they aim to take a discussion from sustainability circles and explain it in layman’s terms, as I’ve done with negative emissions recently, […]

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What we learned this week

Bovine methane emissions, aka cow farts, are one of the main reasons why beef is so bad for the environment. Here’s an innovative solution: grass that’s been engineered to be more digestible. Speaking of wind, what if wind turbines drew on the design of trees? If you’re a regular at a local takeaway, is there […]

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