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What we learned this week

I feel like I’ve been sharing links about seaweed farming for years, without seeing any evidence of it catching on. When I find seaweed stocked in my local supermarket I’ll know we’re getting somewhere, but for now here’s another article on how transformative sea farming could be.

Molecular solar thermal energy storage is a new one to me, and one of those things that I don’t really understand. But scientists in Sweden have identified a way to store solar power at a molecular level and release it on demand.

So many good articles to get your teeth into in the list of finalists of the Covering Climate Now journalism awards, which reward the best climate reporting of the last year.

Also award related, a few months ago I mentioned the winners of the first round of the Afri-Plastics Challenge. Round 2 has just been announced, with a series of great projects encouraging people to use less plastic.

Last year I went to Fully Charged Live with my family, and we answered every conceivable question we had about getting an electric vehicle, saw every option on the market, kicked the tyres on some possible candidates, and test drove our favourite. If you’ve been considering an EV at all, it’s really useful and it’s coming up in the UK next week, in Europe in May, and US and Australia to come.

Guest post: On David Cameron and his husky friend

All Our Yesterdays is a unique project from Dr Marc Hudson. Throughout 2022, he is posting a climate related anniversary every day – some significant, some not. Together, they illustrate just how long we have been collectively ignoring the climate crisis. Like this website, content is published under a Creative Commons licence, and I’ve been […]

Book review: The Book of Trespass, by Nick Hayes

I reviewed Nature is a Human Right recently, and as Nick Hayes is one of the contributors, I was reminded that I never got around to reviewing The Book of Trespass. Nick’s book doesn’t really need my review, being a bestseller already, but there are a couple of reasons to write up my thoughts. One […]

The Green Claims Code to counter greenwash

I suppose it’s somewhat inevitable, but the more people become aware of the environmental crisis, the more likely it is that companies will exaggerate or fabricate their green credentials. People expect companies to be taking the environment seriously, and companies want to tell people what they’re up to. The result is a proliferation of green […]

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  1. Your mention of sea farming reminded me of ‘ocean permaculture’, which the original Drawdown site listed as a ‘coming attraction’ and which looked to have potential to be one of the most significant interventions possible – it seemed like it could be a really big thing. Strangely, Drawdown’s website has stopped featuring all those more future-oriented options, but I saw with interest that Carbon Solutions have just won $1M from Milestone XPRIZE: https://www.climatefoundation.org/xprize.html.
    I’d be interested in any views on the true potential (and/or caveats) this has?

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