Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

One thing we have learnt this week – women won’t cycle

Women won’t cycle.  Or women women won’t cycle enough, that is the finding from a sustrans survey this week.  The survey was carried out in a number of British cites including Edinburgh.  12% 0f women cycle at least once compared … Continue reading

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Green Lemons

One of the big supermarkets in the UK has decided to sell green lemons.  These are exactly the same as yellow lemons apparently, but we expect them to be yellow.  Or the supermarkets think we expect them to be yellow?  … Continue reading

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Eco rage

Eco rage seems to have broken out in Holland.  As I have blogged on before the Dutch have always seemed a civilised lot and I put this down to the high percentage of their population cycling.  However there have been … Continue reading

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The right to repair

The right to repair has been on the news to today.  Coincidentally I earlier passed the Edinburgh Remakery on my way to get some lime for my wall.  The news reporter visited the same type of organisation in Leicester.  There … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – shipping emissions

Shipping emissions account for about 2% of global carbon.  This is the same as flying.  Most ships now are powered by vast diesel engines and the particulate emissions are high, which is a problem in ports.  Under the Paris climate … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Renewable heat

Renewable heat is one of the biggest problems facing the environmentally sustainable economy.  That’s why governments worldwide have concentrated on switching to renewable electricity.  There are plenty of options which in this latter area that work well and as we … Continue reading

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Sustainable energy update – part 2

Last week I blogged on a sustainable energy update on  the book”Sustainable Energy — without the hot air” by the late Professor David JC MacKay.  The blog post became too long so I’ve split it in two.  Here continues another … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – kinder country

Does snow make for a kinder country?  It was noticeable how life changed when a fair amount of snow created complete disruption.  (We can argue about whether we need to spend a lot of money to make our infrastructure snow … Continue reading

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Reaction against the age of machines

I read an interesting and worrying article looking at the beginnings of a backlash against the age of machines by new “luddites” in the paper yesterday.  It looked at a range of reactions against social media and automation. The luddites … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – plastic Lent

Its not that its plastic lent or lent is plastic!  Lent has arrived again this year.  This I’m going to major on plastic.  Over the last year plastic waste has moved up most peoples agendas with particular concerns over plastic … Continue reading

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