What we learned this week

China is building an undersea data centre in order to reduce cooling costs. I learned this from Carbon Brief’s weekly email briefing on energy and climate, which you really ought to sign up for.

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.

Climate change threatens a third of global harvests

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…

Design icon, energy disaster

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…

The top ten producers of single-use plastics

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…

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