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One thing we have learnt this week – railway electrification

There was an article this week in the Guardian on the re-purposing of “Pacer” Trains.  A government minister has suggested converting them into village community halls amongst  other uses.  For any readers who are not familiar with these trains I’ll … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – The ecological limits of work

The ecological limits of work is not something I’ve ever considered much.  I imagine my surprise yesterday when I read an article with a headline saying we are going to have to reduce our hours of work to 9 per … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – VAT on solar

I’m extremely pro Europe and want to remain but I would be the first to concede the EU does not get everything right.  One thing its got very very wrong is VAT on solar and other energy saving materials.  This … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – climate fix research

A new institute for climate fix research has just been announced today based at Cambridge University.  Its mission – to investigate the unthinkable.  That is geoengineering solutions to climate change.  Before moving on to briefly look at some of the … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – are politicians being straight over climate change?

Are politicians being straight over climate change?  I’ve heard nothing but news on climate change this week and much of it good.  Extinction rebellion can take credit for shifting the balance in politics.  The UK parliament passed a motion declaring … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – transparent wood

This week we learnt of a remarkable new material transparent wood. Two groups at the University of Maryland and the KTH institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a see through wood.  Not only that but it can store and … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- pollinator losses

A paper has come out this week on UK pollinator losses.  This paper does not directly look at numbers, but instead looks at range an habitat.  The study was based on the work of volunteers between 1980 to 2013.  The … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – banning gas boilers

Banning gas boilers and gas cookers from 2025 is the suggestion UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has just made.  It has suggested using low carbon energy sources instead and not even connecting he houses to the gas grid.   … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – renewables to dominate by 2040

Renewables to dominate electricity production by 2040.  That’s the main conclusion in the BP energy outlook 2019.  The graph shows the data provided by BP and replotted by me.  There a number of things to say about this.  Firstly some … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – electricity from the air

Electricity from the air sounds too good to be true.  But researchers have announced this week they have found a way of harvesting electricity from the thin air.  Of course its not coming literally from the air but rather from … Continue reading

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