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Slow travel by train – its back

Slow travel by train – its back.  A number of years ago I when I was doing my doctorate I was allowed go one foreign conference.  The one I wanted attend was in Barcelona and I decided to go by … Continue reading

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Nature is good for environmental awareness

Nature is good for environmental awareness.  That’s the conclusion from an academic study published today.  In one sense tell me something I wasn’t expecting.  The study suggests that access to any greenery makes people live differently. Its certainly true in … Continue reading

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Ethical cobalt

  One of the big problems with the electric car revolution is the problem over sourcing cobalt.  (The other increasing one is people tripping over battery charging leads on the pavement which seems to be in the news at the … Continue reading

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Thermodynamic panels

Every so often you hear of a new intriguing energy technology and a few weeks ago this happened to me with thermodynamic panels.  I saw an advert in the paper.  So what are thermodynamic panels?  I’ll start describing what they … 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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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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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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One thing we have learnt this week – climate strikes

I’ve just returned from one of the global climate strikes on the Edinburgh meadows.  I almost burst into tears when I got there.   I was in an age minority.  The majority of people there were still at school or were … Continue reading

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