Book Review: Cancel The Apocalypse

In fascinating and iconoclastic detail – on everything from the cash in your pocket to the food on your plate and the shape of our working lives – Cancel the Apocalypse describes how the relentless race for economic growth is not always one worth winning

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

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.

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.’

Conspicuous skies: a lesson from Eyjafjallajoekull

The ever increasing complexity of infrastructure, leaves us extremely vulnerable to often unpredictable events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, extreme weather events or even civil disobedience, industrial action, civil war and terrorism. The eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull is the latest example of how, one exogenous shock, can throw society into a tailspin.

Ration me up, selected to appear at the Design Museum, London

Can Design Save the World? That’s the question the Design Museum ‘s Sustainable Futures exhibition attempts to answer through examining the objects on display. Taking a selection of projects, existing or are in the making, this exhibition presents key examples of how design can deliver a more sustainable future.

Event: Rising to the Climate Challenge: Artists and Scientists Imagine Tomorrow’s World

This event looks like an interesting collaboration between the Royal Society (celebrating it’s 350 year anniversary this year) and the Tate Modern in mid-March. As you would expect from the Royal Society, their line up of speakers is pretty impressive, and I am sure it won’t disappoint. I’ve seen Professors Corinne Le Queré (UEA) and … Continue reading

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