Unburnable Carbon

Climate change communication has been in desperate need of a revamp in recent years. Public perception of the issue appears to be increasingly polarised. And, with the current economic down turn attention has shifted to economic recovery rather than environmental preservation

Shale gas: Saviour or dangerous diversion?

Likened to a modern day gold rush, development of the UK’s shale gas resources has generated both excitement and dissent in equal measures

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

Tech-no-fix: why technical fixes won’t mitigate climate change

Moriaty and Honnery, two mechanical engineers from Monash University, in Australia argue that technological fixes, such as carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, geoengineering, incremental improvements in energy efficiency are ‘too little, too late.’

Unburiable: is there enough space for carbon in the ground?

The capture and the long-term storage of CO2 is now central to plans for reducing CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel uses. But new and controversial research argues the storage potential of CO2 may have been overestimated.

Why the magic bullet?

‘Technology is […] a queer thing. It brings you gifts with one hand, and stabs you in the back with the other.’ CP Snow, New York Times (1971) Magic bullets, by their very nature, are reductionist. By simplifying problems within the complex systems that we live in – the biosphere, the economy, society itself – … Continue reading

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