Indonesia announced this week that it will not approve any new coal power plants, and that it intends to introduce a carbon tax. This is really important, as the country’s coal boom had put it on a rapid ascent towards the top ten global emitters.
My rather unlikely hopes of replacing my hybrid with a solar car took a step forward with this prototype from Humble Motors. We can add it to a list of cars with integrated solar charging, alongside the Sono and the Lightyear One.
Some good news from the government this week on nature, peat and trees. Guy Shrubsole has a good summary and reaction for Rewilding Britain.
It’s a radical and divisive solution, but genetically modified mosquitos have been released in Florida in an attempt to biologically ambush disease-carrying mosquitos through breeding.
I’m away on half term next week, and taking a break before things ramp up for book release week. A couple of posts scheduled, but otherwise it’ll be a little quiet over the next few days.
Last week another horrendous scientific study made a brief appearance in the news: climate change threatens a third of the world’s food production. The study is from Finland, where scientists have developed a concept called ‘safe climactic space’. This is a measure of how dry a place is, its projected rainfall and temperature increase. Most […]
In my building of the week posts, I usually profile a building that demonstrates some aspect of sustainability or social architecture, something we can celebrate and learn from. This one’s a bit different. It’s a beautiful bad example, a building that is iconic in design circles, but looks terrible from an energy perspective: the Bauhaus […]
Global plastic production continues to soar, roaring towards a cumulative total of some 8 billion tonnes. You’ll sometimes read that, since it’s not biodegradeable, all plastic ever created still exists. That’s not strictly true. There isn’t 8 billion tonnes of plastic in the world, since about a quarter of waste plastic is burned to dispose […]