Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

One thing we have learnt this week- why are cyclists an oppressed minority

Are cyclists an oppressed minority ?  Perhaps oppressed is not quite the right word which I do not like to trivialise, but it does feel that way.  Let me just say cyclists are not always right.  I think the way … Continue reading

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New national forest charter

You’ve heard of the Magna Carta probably but have you heard of the forest charter?  The Magna Carta was forced on King John of England in 1215 and is thought of as one the foundations of democratic rights.  A couple of … Continue reading

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Is there any such thing as a sustainable holiday?

Is there any such thing as a sustainable holiday?  The answer is of course no.  Every human activity has some environmental effect and the great majority of these are negative.   Tourism has been in  the news a lot recently with … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food waste

There is good news on food waste this week.  The supermarkets are going to use green satsumas.  Or at least the skins are green.  The insides are a normal orange colour but the skins have not gone orange due recent … Continue reading

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Electric aircraft

One thing we thought as impossible when we wrote our book was the idea of electric aircraft.  This was for one very good reason.  The weight of the batteries would preclude (with a conventional aircraft design) anyone getting in the … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – clean energy growth strategy

So much energy related news this week but the most important appears to be the UK’s clean energy growth strategy.  Today there has been movement on the on-off energy price cap.  This probably won’t work but if it did the … Continue reading

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harvest festival

“The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1) Its so long ago that we had a harvest festival service at my church I almost cannot remember it.  The origins … Continue reading

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ode to autumn

Autumn is upon us.  Like you can smell spring, there is a palpable change on the last days of August and beginning of September.  Whatever the days are like there is a nip in the air in the evenings and … Continue reading

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Is planting trees a good idea?

Is planting trees a good idea?  Recently its been announced that to counter Donald Trumps decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change treaty.  A group of people in New Zealand has started an on-line pledge page … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – biochar from poop

Biochar was seen as one of the miracle cures for climate change nearly 10 years ago.  Like so many eco solutions greatly exaggerated claims were made about its ability to solve the climate crisis.  George Monbiot who hates all miracle … Continue reading

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