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What we learned this week

Want to do something practical about air pollution? Take part in this large scale citizen-science project from Friends of the Earth. While you’re thinking about action, perhaps you’d like to take part in the Global Divestment Mobilisation in May. And can you spare one hour’s salary to help send children to school? My friend Dan […]

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“When it comes to poverty, we should stop pretending to know better than poor people” says Rutger Bregman as he explores a forgotten experiment on the universal basic income. Given the importance of energy storage in the age of renewable energy, it’s surprising that Britain hasn’t built a grid scale energy storage facility for 30 […]

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Nice to see a community cooperative winning the coveted title of Britain’s best pub. Bought back by its customers after it went bankrupt, it now hosts a library, shop and allotments. Are China’s emissions peaking? Carbon Brief takes a long hard look at the dip in coal power and the slowing of emissions in this […]

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Those with an interest in cultured meat might want to investigate the findings of the first bit of research into perceptions of cellular agriculture. There’s a long way to go before this is understood. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you climate injustice, make an equitable post-carbon society” says Tegan Tallulah […]

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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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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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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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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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