Infinite Returns

What’s impossible for the individual can be achieved by many: How alternative financial institutions are helping the transition to a low carbon economy

Oil dependence puts a glass ceiling on economic recovery

The era of cheap oil is rapidly coming to an end, ushering in ‘economic peak oil’ – the point at which the cost of incremental supply exceeds the price economies can pay without significantly disrupting economic activity at a given point in time.

Why I support The Times Bike Campaign

I am delighted to support The Times ‘Cities fit for cycling campaign‘. I hope this gets all the support it can, and brings about the changes that will make it safer for those two-wheeled folk who brave our roads every day.

In celebration of the Luddites

The term Luddite has now become a defamatory term, synonymous with those who oppose technological progress. However, it is worth remembering that the Luddites were simply protesting against the unintended consequences of this new technology – their loss of autonomy, power and devaluation of their skills. The machines were symbolic of this change.

Brink of another economic crisis? Make jam

Chutney and jam are the two things that I thought were so complicated, only 60 year olds with a life time of cooking experience could possibly manage such a feat. Now the secret is out. Jam and chutney making are EASY. And, this comes from someone who can burn absolutely everything.

Under the Sea-Wind: The life and works of Rachel Carson

“To sense this world of waters known to the creatures of the sea we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place, and enter vicariously into a universe of all-pervading water.”

The distribution of total greenhouse gas emissions by households in the UK

This paper, published by nef and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the LSE, looks at greenhouse gas emissions from UK households and the impact of income on emissions.

Doris Lessing on education

“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do.'”

Maurice Maeterlinck on environmental limits

“…when the phenomenon shall have trespassed beyond certain limits, she will beckon to life or to death – which arrives, re-establishes order, and unconcernedly marks out the path afresh.”

Growth isn’t possible: Why rich countries need a new economic direction

There is a reason that in nature things do not grow indefinitely.

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