Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

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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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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One thing we have learnt this week – waste heat

Could waste heat be the solution to our heating needs?  One of the biggest problems we face in decarbonising the economy is what to do about how we heat our homes.  At the moment we are highly dependent on natural … Continue reading

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red phone repurposing

In today’s paper there have been two separate articles on repurposing.  The first was on women repurposing their wedding dresses.  One example was a woman who became a minister making hers into a stoal.  My wife borrowed her dress off … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Dutch build multistory bike park

Dutch build multistory bike park in Utrecht.  You’ve heard of multistory car parks, indeed most of us have used them.  The Dutch have gone one stage further and built one for bikes.  12,500 of them and not just ordinary bikes but … Continue reading

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No beef with Goldsmiths

Goldsmith’s college part the University of London has decided there will be no beef with any of their meals served in the student refectory any more.  Of course the right wing press got hold of it and painted it as … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – fuel poverty grows

Fuel poverty grows.  Actually this might be better news than it first sounds.  Unusually for a Tory government which normally massages figures so that there appears to be less poverty than it really is, this one has done the opposite.  … Continue reading

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Air passengers may have to a pay carbon offset tax.

Air passengers may have to pay a carbon offset tax.  “Failing Grayling” the soon to be gone transport minister? is consulting on some kind of carbon offset tax on transport.  Although air travel is mentioned at the top of the … Continue reading

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