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One thing we have learnt this week – gas extraction and earthquakes

I watched a fascinating and worrying report on channel4 this week on gas extraction and earthquakes, in of all places Holland.  The first really major hydrocarbon finds in Western Europe post WWII were made in Holland.  I remember studying it … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Is nuclear dead?

Is nuclear dead? Yes is the short answer.  The longer answer is slightly more nuanced.  This week Toshiba abandoned plans for a new nuclear power plant at Moorside near Sellafield.  Its not really a surprise.  The project has looked half … 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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One thing we have learnt this week – which source of power is cheapest?

Which source of power is cheapest?  That question was raised this week when the green MP Caroline Lucas claimed onshore wind (which is effectively banned in England) was the cheapest source of electricity.  This got the BBC’s fact check to … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food deserts

We have learnt this week that more than a million people in the UK live in food deserts.  These are poorer places where either a lack of transport or supermarkets or other food shops make the purchase of healthy food … 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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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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One thing we have learnt this week – climate change is bad for crop yields

Climate change is bad for crop yields.  That much has been shown to be true his week.  We have had a fantastic summer (now firmly over in this part of the Northern hemisphere).   But crop and animal feed yields have … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – does “no wind” matter?

Does “no wind” matter at least in summer?  Are our summers getting calmer?  The UK’s renewable data has been released this week.  It shows surprise surprise we had a calm summer with little wind.  We had lots of hot still … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – is a healthy diet sustainable?

Is a healthy diet sustainable?  Listening to the radio this morning there is a new diet and health study out that suggests diets (such as the Aitkins) that substitute protein and fat for carbohydrates may not be good for you. … Continue reading

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