Category Archives: Practical low carbon living

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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Is your home still behaving badly?

Is your home still behaving badly?  On a recent sort out I found some old publications. Its interesting to look back at this older stuff to see what’s come to pass and what hasn’t.   I have written on one … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – plastic waste

I saw a very disturbing report on plastic waste last night.  There is plastic waste litter everywhere.  This report ranged over the entire UK and I mean the entire UK.  It was really shocking.  Watch it and you will see.  … Continue reading

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Problems with solar PV

Problems with solar PV are few and far between but I’ve had a few issues recently.  The first is an ongoing problem with grey squirrels nesting under one module on the main roof.  Obviously there is an issue with them … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – plastic waste is everywhere

This week I listened to a report on plastic waste and increasing the rate of recycling in England on the radio news.   What is horrifying is where plastic gets into everyday products in unexpected ways.  Its now in teabags.  This … Continue reading

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Electric revolution 9 years on

Electric revolution 9 years on.  About 9 years ago I went to a Scottish parliament renewable energy group meeting on electric vehicles.   This was based around a report that had just come out on future UK sales.  Yesterday we found … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cycle to cut air pollution

Cycle to cut air pollution that’s the message this week from Sustrans.  Air pollution has been in the news a lot recently and is both a developed/developing problem although far worse in the developing world where there is a lot … Continue reading

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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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