Category Archives: environment

Peak Sand

An interesting video here from the Economist regarding a growing resource scarcity problem, that of a shortage of sand. Sand is crucial for building projects, notably the production of concrete. Sand is also used for coastal defence to shore up … Continue reading

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The Hyperloop hyperbole

I discussed the hyperloop proposal sometime ago and I thought I would be worth updating on its progress. On the one hand, they have managed to build a test track and run some tests. However, the critics argue they’ve barely … 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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E is for Euratom, C is for post brexit chaos

When article 50 was declared, both the bill and letter sent to the EU clearly stated the UK was leaving Euratom (the EU’s nuclear agency) as well as the EU. I was slightly confused by this as it seems to contradict … Continue reading

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Conservative flip flop syndrome

Back in the middle ages they believed that madness was a disease and that you could catch it if you hung around people who were crazy. You do have to wonder these days whether they had a point. One has … Continue reading

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