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What we learned this week

The New Weather Institute has been doing the kind of listening exercise the government has failed to do since Brexit, and written it up in a new report. Well worth a read. As Britain continues to push for fracking, what can we learn from the campaign to stop coal seam gas in Australia? Can you […]

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What we learned this week

Britain’s first commercial wind farm is 25 years old this week. 10:10 are sending them a card if you want to virtually sign it. By selling its oil and gas interests and switching its coal power stations to wood chip, DONG Energy “will be the first large energy company in the world to make a […]

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Following our discussion about composting toilets last week, Paris just installed its first composting urinals – though you’d probably get arrested if you used one of these in Britain. I think it’s pretty cool that Britain’s future monarch has just written a children’s book on climate change. Y Combinator are looking to fund start-ups working […]

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More proof that China can get away with environmental policies that no other country could countenance: it’s shutting down 111 golf courses because they use too much water and land, and only rich people can play. Peter Leyden rises up my little list of ‘people I hope are right’ with his suggestion that Donald Trump […]

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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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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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