Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

One thing we have learnt this week – right to repair

The EU has introduced a right to repair directive.  One of the most annoying things that happens is that you buy something and it does not last.  Also annoying is that when whatever it is goes wrong repair is either … Continue reading

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Declining renewables output

Something I have been thinking about for a while is declining renewables output.  I said last year that I thought my solar PV output was declining in a previous blog.  I read an article in the Guardians’ weatherwatch in which … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Daylight robbery

I wasn’t going to do a post until after Christmas but occasionally you come across something so annoying and disturbing that it changes your mind.  If what is planned to happen happens it can only be described as daylight robbery.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – particulates travel

Particulates travel.  That’s the news this week.  Its how they travel that is surprising research conducted in Leeds has shown.  Researchers monitored commuters travels by cycle, bus, car and walking.  Some of the results are not surprising.  For example its … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food from air

George Monbiot wrote an article on a weird sounding idea “food from air” in the Guardian this week.  All bacteria need an energy source (a source of electrons).  Most bacteria also need a carbon source (usually the same molecule e.g. … Continue reading

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The future of agriculture

I’ve been thinking about the future of agriculture this week.  This first arose since I read a very interesting article on the use of robots in agriculture.  They are already in use to a limited extent.  At the moment robots … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – new measure of wellbeing

The green party in England and Wales wants a new measure of wellbeing they have announced this week.  Since GDP has captured economics in the modern age some people have been searching for a better measure of happiness and economic … Continue reading

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The Eco Holiday

We have just been on what could be described as an eco holiday.  Train travel from within walking distance of our house to a ferry, camping (mainly) and return travel by train.  No flying, low impact.  Destination the Scilly Islands.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – we need to talk about endless growth

We need to talk about endless growth.  George Monbiot wrote a typically provocative article this week looking at the idea of endless economic growth and the damage it would do to the planet. I don’t agree with everything he writes … Continue reading

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Looking at plastics

Looking at plastics, the second of our big environmental problems.  The first thing to say is the problem is an enormous one.  Its really not possible to go anywhere without seeing plastic waste.  The plastics problem falls into two parts.  … Continue reading

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