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One thing we have learnt this week – wind speeds are increasing

Wind speeds are increasing.  In the past I have blogged that wind speeds were generally falling (although not everywhere).  No one seemed to know absolutely why this was, but one theory was that increased urbanisation and construction was taking the … Continue reading

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Carbon dioxide levels are at a new record

Carbon dioxide levels are at a new record.  That is the news from the World Metrological service over the last few days.  The bad news is there does not seem to be any type of slowdown.  Concentrations of other greenhouse … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – mini virtual power plant

A 1oo homes and 150 businesses have been linked together in Cornwall as a mini virtual power plant.  On first reading about this I couldn’t see anything new.  After all nearly a million people throughout the UK act as a … Continue reading

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scientific sustainability

I work in a lab and labs are not very sustainable.  The problem areas in scientific research fall into three main areas.  Travel, plastics and energy. For me apart from how I get to and from work (mainly by train … Continue reading

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Could wind power the world?

Could wind power the world?  That’s the claim made in a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).  The IEA got Imperial College London to do the analysis.  They reckon that that offshore wind could meet more than 18 … Continue reading

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Save the Whale, save the planet?

Save the Whale, save the planet?  This is the bizarre claim that I read the other day.  For many people saving the Whale was the first environmental campaign they came across (Yes “Don’t kill the Whale” and all that).  Could … Continue reading

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Recycling yes but not this way

  Recycling yes but not this way.  That’s what I thought when I watched report on Channel4 news tonight from Idlib.  I’ve seen some terrible things in my time on the TV but especially since the Syrian war started but … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – ski energy plant

The   The Danes go in for lots of decentralised heat and power.  This means lots of CHP power plants in the middle of cities.   These are from what I have seen of them pretty subtle attractive looking pieces of architecture.  … Continue reading

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eco cycling holiday

Part of the reason I haven’t posted so much recently is we went on an eco cycling holiday.  This involved train and ferry travel and a private hire minibus.  The holiday?  To cycle from one end of the outer Hebrides … Continue reading

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Metal thefts

There was time before the crash in 2008 and even beyond when metal thefts were common.  The price of allsorts of different types of metals had soared.  You name it thieves were stealing it if it wasn’t nailed down and … Continue reading

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