Category Archives: Biomass

The paradox of sustainability

One of the obstacles to sustainability can be human nature. Scientists and engineers have a habit of seeing everything as a numbers game. If we reduce the carbon footprint of something by X amount an apply that across the board … Continue reading

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Texas tantrums and anti-wind strawmen

Recently there’s been some blackouts in Texas caused by unseasonably cold weather. In fact its the sort of extreme weather we’d be expecting due to climate change (which doesn’t just lead to hotter weather, it can also cause shifts in … Continue reading

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The changing nature of heat

Within the EU recently there have been significant drops in carbon emissions, most notably in the electricity sector. The UK for example, has seen a 45% drop in carbon intensity (despite all the Tories anti-renewable dithering), with an average level … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuel phaseout in Germany: A case study

I came across an interesting documentary here from Australian TV regarding Germany’s phase out of coal. It is definitely worth a look. Mention Germany’s growth in renewables (currently contributing 46% of Germany’s electricity) and inevitably someone will bring up the … Continue reading

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Free market solutions to climate change

There are certain aspects of extinction rebellions campaign aims and methods that do give me cause for concern. Be it gluing themselves to the doors of a oil industry conference (you are aware that glues are an oil based product, … Continue reading

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News roundup: Sustainability edition

First solar, now the Tories go after biomass Be careful what you wish for, the Tories might try to implement it and then make a pigs breakfast of everything. For quite sometime, the UK has fallen behind in terms of … Continue reading

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The trouble with plastic waste

With large garbage patches of plastic growing in the oceans, the ecological impact of our oil addiction is now a major crisis. And it’s also starting to impact on human health, with particles of plastic finding its way into human … Continue reading

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Fusion power always 30 years away, now its more like 50 years away

When it comes to dealing with global issues like climate change or peak fossil fuels, I’d argue we’ll need to focus technology we already have, or what can realistically be developed in the near future. Relying on more fantastical high … Continue reading

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A review of Arcologies

One concept for how to reduce the environmental impact of cities is arcologies. The word itself is a combination of the words “architecture” and “ecology”, which neatly sums up the idea of developing self sustaining buildings with the minimum of environmental impact. … Continue reading

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A day without coal

On Friday, the UK went a full 24 hours with all of its coal fired power stations turned off. The first time the UK has operated without coal since the industrial revolution. Indeed coal has been an important energy source … Continue reading

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