News and Updates

  • Less waste in space exploration

    It was good to see Egon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket return to Earth the other day by landing the right way up on a floating platform.  The video of it is here, along with a few clips of instances where...

  • SOS-UK

    NUS is in the process of setting up a new charity, called Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), so it can do more and even better sustainability work.  I have been an enthusiastic supporter of this change for some time. NUS...

  • Gove and Hinds on the climate strikes

    I see that Mr Gove has written in support of the students striking for climate change.  He would never have done that had he still been Education Secretary of State which say s a lot. At the same time, the...

  • Students on Strike again

    The following letter appeared in the Times last Friday: Sir, Children and young people taking part in the school strikes for climate are to be commended, not ridiculed.  The UN intergovernmental panel on climate change has said that we need...

  • Another student strike

    Today, March 15th, sees another demonstration of student concern about the inadequacy of government policy re climate change: Youth Strike 4 Climate Movement [YS4CM]. The organising group is the UK Student Climate Network, working with NUS. Here are the 4...

  • The price of liberty

    Last month, The Economist ran a long feature article on “millennial socialism”. It was mainly about the USA but the Leninist sect now controlling the Labour Party over here were a focus as well. The emphasis was on new (and...

  • Male, pale and stale

    I see that a jobbing duchess has been foolish enough to describe universities as “male, pale and stale”.  This is an easy gibe to make if you don't look carefully into background data, and which busy duchess has time for...

  • Monbiot misses much of the point

    No doubt you read George Monbiot's piece in the Guardian the other week on the school climate strikes.  I was underwhelmed in part, at least, because of its diffuse focus.  But it was the failure to mention curriculum that was...

  • A manifesto for youth climate strikers

    Today's guest blog is by Dr Stephen Martin, WWF Fellow and Policy Advisor to the UK National Commission for UNESCO. George Monbiot (Guardian 20 February) is right to support and celebrate the global movement of young people who have begun a series...

  • My generosity to Drax

    I gave just over £10 to the Drax power station last year so that it could burn wood to generate electricity.  So did you – if you pay tax in the UK.  Of course 'gave' is misleading as I wasn't...