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Coffee power

Soon coffee producers in Columbia could be producing coffee power thanks to funding from the UK government.  The idea is to produce electricity from coffee waste using bacteria in microbial fuel cells.  This is the area I did my doctorate … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food deserts

We have learnt this week that more than a million people in the UK live in food deserts.  These are poorer places where either a lack of transport or supermarkets or other food shops make the purchase of healthy food … Continue reading

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Maker space

The other night I popped around the corner to the local maker space.  I was after some wood to complete repairs to my garden shed which have taken me a large part of the summer.  They didn’t have what I … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – new measure of wellbeing

The green party in England and Wales wants a new measure of wellbeing they have announced this week.  Since GDP has captured economics in the modern age some people have been searching for a better measure of happiness and economic … Continue reading

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The Eco Holiday

We have just been on what could be described as an eco holiday.  Train travel from within walking distance of our house to a ferry, camping (mainly) and return travel by train.  No flying, low impact.  Destination the Scilly Islands.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – we need to talk about endless growth

We need to talk about endless growth.  George Monbiot wrote a typically provocative article this week looking at the idea of endless economic growth and the damage it would do to the planet. I don’t agree with everything he writes … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – climate change is bad for crop yields

Climate change is bad for crop yields.  That much has been shown to be true his week.  We have had a fantastic summer (now firmly over in this part of the Northern hemisphere).   But crop and animal feed yields have … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – does “no wind” matter?

Does “no wind” matter at least in summer?  Are our summers getting calmer?  The UK’s renewable data has been released this week.  It shows surprise surprise we had a calm summer with little wind.  We had lots of hot still … Continue reading

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Is there enough action on climate change?

Is there enough action on climate change?  In the third of my posts on what I think are the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.  Climate change is the last but certainly not least of these.  In 2015 I cycled to … Continue reading

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Looking at plastics

Looking at plastics, the second of our big environmental problems.  The first thing to say is the problem is an enormous one.  Its really not possible to go anywhere without seeing plastic waste.  The plastics problem falls into two parts.  … Continue reading

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