Category Archives: Book

One thing we have learnt this week- lithium mining in Cornwall

Lithium mining in Cornwall looks like it could be possible this week.  As the costs of wind and solar fall below the cost of all other forms of energy on disparate parts of the planet and sales of hybrid/electric cars/laptops/phones/pads … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -Paris climate change agreement is now passed

The Paris climate change agreement is now in force.  After more than 30 years of talking now is the time for action.  I was amazed to think that it is nearly a year since and some others cycled to Paris … Continue reading

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David MacKay an appreciation of his life

On a visit to my parents I was surprised to see a copy of “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air” by David MacKay lying around.  My father told me my brother had given him a copy since he had … Continue reading

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Lent starts

With Lent having started people are expressing ideas of what to give up. In recent years the idea of a carbon fast has emerged. The oil lamp is going to throw its hat in the ring and make a few … Continue reading

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Flight Behaviour review

There are not many secular books that bring Christianity and climate change (amongst other things) together but “Flight Behaviour” by Barabara Kingsolver is one.  I recently came across  this book and thought it looked interesting.  In “Flight Behaviour” the chief … Continue reading

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Zero growth- are we in a new era?

Are we entering a new era of zero growth with another global crash and slump?  Yesterday David Cameron just back from the G20 summit warned of another global crash.  Whilst this maybe domestic politicking there is some evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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magic bullets

The other week the news was full of how bad diesel cars were for the environment, diesel cars being one the latest green magic bullets.  Apparently particulates from diesel engines not only harm our immediate environment but also add to … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week-recycled or not

Whether something is recycled or not is moving up the agenda again this week as the EU sets a 70% recycling rate. As I wrote a few weeks ago this will be a particular challenge in the UK where recycling … Continue reading

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Peak gas

Have we reached peak gas? By gas I mean natural gas, not petrol in the US parlance.  Every year in June the BP Statistical Review of World Energy is published.  For those of us interested in energy it makes fascinating … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- Iraqi oil

Oil and particularly Iraqi oil have been in the news this week. Of course first and foremost what is happening in Iraq is a humanitarian crisis.  Up to half a million Iraqis have fled the fighting, although there were reports … Continue reading

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