Category Archives: politics

What happens when the carbon bubble pops?

One of the issues regarding energy that often gets missed is the financial implications of the transition away from fossil fuels. With assets worth many trillions of dollars, which a transition away from oil could well render worthless, one has … Continue reading

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Why the UK’s railways were privatised

I came across this interesting piece from the FT some time ago, that looks into the decision to privatise British Rail back in the 1990’s. Given the recent debate about re-nationalisation, it is perhaps worth watching. During the video, ex-Tory minister … Continue reading

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The little sub that could

I stumbled across this vlog post this week which talked about how back in 2006, during a wargame, a Swedish made diesel electric submarine of the Gotland class managed to “sink” a US aircraft carrier. Evading an entire carrier battle group … Continue reading

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2017 a year in review: The death of coal

2017 might have been a bit of rotten year all round, but it was good year for renewable energy. The UK recorded a record low in terms of carbon intensity, with an average value of 233 gCO2/kWh (against a historical … 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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