What we learned this week

  • The Guardian continues to evolve its response to the climate emergency, and this week published a climate change dashboard.
  • At their annual conference, Britain’s Liberal Democrat party voted to back a Universal Basic Income. The Lib Dems are not the force they were, but it marks another step towards the mainstream for Basic Income. (The Green Party also supports BI)
  • Governments resist them, campaigners often demand them without necessarily thinking it through, so it’s useful to The Economist’s perspective on how ‘outright bans can sometimes be a good way to fight climate change‘.
  • As an experiment, I’m dropping the latest posts from this week in at the bottom, for those catching up. Let me know if this is a helpful feature or not, and I might add it every week.

What we learned this week

Yes magazine reports on twenty years of the world’s biggest seagrass restoration project, located off Virginia. More of this. In conversation about his new book, this interview with Amitav Ghosh covers climate change, colonialism, violence and degrowth – unusual and vital perspectives on the crisis from a writer of global importance. Amy Westervelt makes the […]

Solar trains for India

Railways powered directly by trackside solar power are an ingenious idea that I’ve been keeping an eye on. Developed by the good folks at Possible and operating under the name Riding Sunbeams, the first trial projects are already running in the UK – a world first for directly solar powered trains. Britain isn’t exactly famous […]

The scale of global e-waste

Today is International e-waste day, which aims to raise awareness of waste electronics. It’s a growing problem, as more people buy phones, laptops and other gadgets, and as they are replaced at a faster rate. If you average the problem across the global population, 7.6kg of e-waste is created every year for every person on […]

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