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  • Is stopping climate change even possible?
    on Dec 20, 2016 in activism climate change
    Often when I talk to people about climate change, I get asked if I think it’s even possible to stop it. If you’re involved in climate change action in any way, I imagine you’ve had the same question. It’s an understandable con...
  • An update on the Great Green Wall
    on Dec 19, 2016 in climate change environment Africa
    One of the world’s more ambitious climate change projects is the Great Green Wall, an 8,000km band of trees and plants that crosses the whole of the African continent. It’s central aim is to halt the advance of the desert, but in the proc...
  • The importance of green gasIf we take a look at where energy is used in the home, the biggest slice of the pie goes to heating. The second is hot water. Renewable sources of electricity may be proliferating, but renewable heat is the next big challenge. Until we can decarbonis...
  • The divestment movement is advancingFor decades, climate change action has focused on carbon emissions, looking at how we could reduce or mitigate the impact of burning fossil fuels. About four or five years ago, emerging out of a post-Copenhagen silence, campaigners began talking abou...
  • Vote for me in the UK Blog Awards
    on Dec 13, 2016 in events
    This time last year a host of you voted for Make Wealth History in the UK Blog Awards, and I took home the award for the Green and Eco category. Here’s a picture of me looking awkward in a large room full of well dressed people. I wasn’t...
  • Spread the word about soil
    on Dec 12, 2016 in environment
    Last week was soil week on the blog, and a few of you mentioned by email or on posts that more people ought to know about soil and the crisis of global soil loss. I agree, so I’ve pulled all the content from the last few days together. I had a...
  • The architecture of dirtGrowing things, right? That’s what soil does. In fact, it does it whether you like it or not – life will spring from the smallest sliver of exposed dirt. It’s what dirt does best. But it’s not all that dirt can do. Soil also stores rainwater,...
  • How to protect the soil
    on Dec 8, 2016 in environment food soil
    When land is planted with crops, those are harvested and the land is left bare. That’s something that never happens in nature. Under natural conditions there’s always something covering the ground. Soil is never dug over in nature either. Animals...
  • How soil is lost
    on Dec 7, 2016 in environment sustainability soil
    ‘Common as dirt’ is, so I am told, an expression that has many international equivalents. What could be more easily obtainable than earth? And for most of us, it is indeed common. After all, soil is one of the reasons why humanity is where it is.
  • What is soil anyway?
    on Dec 6, 2016 in environment science soil
    Soil is the very outer layer of the earth’s crust. Its thickness depends on where you are, but generally speaking it’s the top 1.2 metres that we’re talking about – a layer of thicker subsoil iced with six inches of darker, richer topsoil. So...
  • The most overlooked thing in the world
    on Dec 5, 2016 in environment soil
    When I lived in London, I remember once needing to move a house plant to a bigger pot. For this I needed soil. I lived in a flat with no outside space, so I didn’t have any of my own. I took a tub and a spoon, since that’s all I had to hand, and...
  • What we learned this week
    on Dec 4, 2016 in miscellaneous
    After grid parity solar power should become the most economic form of electricity generation – unless vested interests set out to deliberately thwart it. Arizona is an example of how that can happen. And here are some lessons from Florida to ho...
  • The sources of transport emissionsA few days ago I wrote about why we need to pay more attention to transport emissions. Today I want to look at where transport emissions come from, and what the biggest challenges are. It won’t take long. Here’s a hasty graph drawn from t...
  • No such thing as a free gift, by Linsey McGoeyOver the years I’ve talked about philanthropy a fair bit on the blog, from billionaire donors at The Giving Pledge, to more everyday generosity through Giving What We Can. I’ve explored the Effective Altruist movement, and the opportuniti...
  • The Glass Cage, by Nicholas Carr
    on Sep 5, 2016 in books technology automation
    A couple of years ago I read The Shallows, a fascinating book on how the internet is changing the way we think. It was written by Nicholas Carr, and he has followed it up with a book about automation. In many ways it covers similar ground. Technology...
  • What we learned this week
    on Sep 4, 2016 in miscellaneous
    In a year of records, July set a new one globally: the hottest month ever in the 136 year record. By 2085, the number of cities that will be able to host the summer Olympics will have dramatically shrunk due to global temperatures, according to a stu...
  • Building of the week: M&S Castle Donington
    on Sep 2, 2016 in architecture energy and fuels
    Distribution centres are those vast, grey, boxy buildings that one sees from the motorway. They’re not very interesting, and some of them even try to divert attention away from themselves by planting rows of trees to screen them off, or applyin...
  • How to deal with post-festival waste
    on Aug 31, 2016 in circular economy waste
    A few years ago I had the misfortune of passing through Reading on the train just after their famous music festival ended. The debris left behind is extraordinary, and seems to go on for ages. Field after field of abandoned camping equipment, bags of...
  • Reaching the unreachable with HoverAidWe were at the Greenbelt Festival over the weekend, and among the talking points was the presence of HoverAid, who were giving hovercraft rides up and down the ornamental pond at Boughton House. I was, I will admit, predisposed to like HoverAid. For...
  • A healthcheck on England’s wildlife
    on Aug 29, 2016 in conservation
    Last week I wrote about how wildlife is in decline globally. One of the reasons for the grim statistics is development in previously untouched areas. As countries develop and populations expand, forests are cleared, swamps are drained, and habitats a...
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