Category Archives: Passivhaus

The downgrading of the UK’s shale gas potential

While school protests about climate change under way and the country in chaos over brexit, fracking has quietly restarted in the UK…leading to more earthquakes. But a recent report from a pair of UK academics has cast doubt on 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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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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Grenfell tower fire

A fire in the Grenfell tower complex in London, which has left an estimated 58 dead has shocked the UK, leading to protests, as well as exposing the deep divisions that exist between the have nots and have loads in the London … Continue reading

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The flawed logic of preppers

I started writing this one a few month ago (prior to travelling long distance) and then forgot about it, but thought maybe I should finish it. For quite some time in American there has been a survivalist movement, which grew out … Continue reading

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Electricity prices – its complicated

I came across this comment the other day from some climate denier, the figure he was referring to being given below. The point he was trying to make was that German electricity prices are high and thus renewables = expensive electricity. … Continue reading

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Wooden skyscrapers

Traditionally a limiting factor with wood has been the building height. Historical buildings made of wood were up to 50m high, in the case of some Norwegian Stave churches, but more recently wood structures have been limited to only a … Continue reading

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