What we learned this week

The Climate Crisis film festival ran in November, and this week launched an online hub where you can watch 20 climate documentaries for £10. Some really good ones on there and I’ll be doing that myself. And as a reader of this blog, you can get yourself a 20% discount by clicking here and using the code GREENCHRISTMAS

Amazon is now the biggest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world. This does not make them good, it makes them fractionally less evil – but it’s a step in the right direction.

I hadn’t heard of ‘coral refuges’ before, but I was glad to hear that ocean currents can create pockets of cooler water that coral can flourish in, such as this one of the Kenyan coast.

David Powell is wise and funny and well worth reading on eco-anxiety in the latest issue of the New Economics Zine.

It’s always worth keeping an eye on what Drawdown are up to. Their latest report is called Farming our way out of the climate crisis and I’m going to try and make time for it this week.


Book review: Geoengineering, by Gernot Wagner

“The first time I heard about solar geoengineering, I considered the idea nuts. It is.” So begins Gernot Wagner‘s short and finely balanced book on a controversial subject. If anyone’s wondering where the author stands on the question of geoengineering, the first page makes his position clear. It’s “no solution to climate change”, because it […]

What we learned this week

On Thursday evening I’m talking about my book Climate Change is Racist with Esther Stanford-Xosei, an event with XR Southwark and online. Details here if you’d like to join. For educators thinking about how climate change is taught, have a look at the recorded talks and other resources from the Climate Education Summit. Not new […]

Hydrogen and the future of heating

As Britain aims to reach zero carbon by 2050, there are a number of big priorities on the to-do list. The most high profile is to switch all electricity production away from fossil fuels. Another is to eliminate petrol and diesel from the transport system. Then there’s the third big ticket item: deliver low carbon […]

Guest post: 5 reasons to talk about adaptation

By Dr. Morgan Phillips – Co-Director, The Glacier Trust Many in the environmental and climate movement remain reluctant to talk about climate change adaptation. This is slowly changing, but if you are still sceptical, it pays to remember that the adaptation story is not, and does not have to be, in opposition to the mitigation […]


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  1. Thanks for highlighting the Kenyan coral refuge. I know we need far deeper concern, alarm even, over our corals, but it’s encouraging to know of signs of hope too. I was reminded of the discoveries of resilience in the Red Sea and off Australia, and other measures to protect/restore them:
    [hoping this comes across as ‘interested interaction/reaction’ stimulated by your post, which is the intention here, not as ‘competitive reportage’]

    1. Interested interaction noted! These stories are important, as it’s felt like the loss of coral reefs is almost inevitable. If that’s the only narrative we have, it risks becomes self-fulfilling.

      1. yes I have a feeling that’s how things should work on other issues too. I feel we need to be conversing on how things will turn out both worse and better than we anticipate, but there’s always a path to hope. I’m glad that sites like yours are bringing this out

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