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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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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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Water woo devices

I came across this video promotion for a self filling water bottle device, being marketed by a company called Fontus. It supposedly can refill itself by condensing water straight out of the air, being powered by a small solar panel, thus … 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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Westinghouse bankruptcy – Reality check time for nuclear?

This week Westinghouse, the nuclear power arm of Toshiba, filed for bankruptcy. Westinghouse was one of the last remaining element of the Westinghouse electricity company, which was founded in 1886 and was a pioneer in the mass roll out of AC … 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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Taxing the Sun

I’ve joked before that it would be just a matter of time before the Tories started taxing solar panels rather than subsidising them. Well, now its happening. To help pay for the ever increasing cost of brexit they are putting … Continue reading

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