What we learned this week

In case you missed it, an article from me on the promise and the perils of hydrogen energy, for Mint Magazine.

I was under the impression that Scotland was the only country to put any money behind loss and damage at COP26. But not so: the Belgian region of Wallonia put up a million alongside them. First I’ve heard of this regional climate leadership.

I wrote recently about innovative approaches to plastic in Africa. Practical Action have something similar here on new approaches to waste.

Not everyone has got on board with the post-industrial aesthetic of the winter Olympics, but Dezeen celebrates the re-purposing of old industrial plants as high profile recycling.

I’ve been getting press releases about potato milk. Apparently it’s going to be a big thing. I don’t know.

I’ve been on half term this week and doing other things, so a slow week. Nevertheless, some highlights:

Global carbon inequality

There’s a big gap between the causes of climate change and its consequences, and that’s why climate justice is so important. The problem is will summed up in the Climate Inequality Report 2023, which I’ve been reading this week. Published by the World Inequality Lab, it’s a comprehensive investigation of climate justice and I will…

Before the Streetlights Come on, by Heather McTeer Toney

About five years ago, while I was researching my book, I compiled a list of the top 50 climate books. 42 of them were written by men, and 49 by white authors. I started seeking out a greater diversity of voices on climate change, and here’s another book to add to the list: Before the…

Storytelling in the wasteland

Agbogbloshie is an e-waste dump in Ghana, and it’s well known as a horrendous case study in irresponsible waste. NGOs and charities send photographers to document it for campaigns, and it is described as a hell on earth, or ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’. It is visually stark, almost unimaginably polluted. As an utterly destroyed landscape, it…

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