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Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • 71 percent of housewives in East Lancashire ...

    I was struck by two things in a recent report by RenewableUK (a trade body) which said this: "66% of respondents to a new poll of 3,609 adults said they would like to see onshore wind farms built where it has local support;...

  • New Thinking in Sustainability and EE

    NAAEE is hosting a webinar on New Thinking in Sustainability and EE in which Marc Stern and I are introducing our respective books – although it would have been more instructive, perhaps, had we been invited to introduce each other's books; much...

  • Diesel death

    Irony indeed that the country almost ran out of CO2 the other week, just as the demand for gassy beer was rising.  If only there were a simple way of getting the stuff out of the air.  If only ......

  • The UN swoons at the feet of EAUC

    I hear there were ecstatic scenes in New York with much whooping 'n' hollering when EAUC's finest presented their SDG Accord to last week's UN Low Level Political Forum (LLPF).  UN spokesperson, Prof Dr Dr Fatima O'Gui-Gbahou, said the following...

  • For the love of the Earth

    I was reminded a few days ago of a John Race poem, Gaia, which I first read more than 10 years ago.  What follows is from memory and may not be quite as Race wrote it as I've lost sight...

  • Blowing bubbles with Mrs M

    I’ve done lots of enjoyable things these last few days, but by far the most fulfilling was blowing bubbles with my granddaughter and Mrs M.  The Chancellor was only with us in spirit but we launched a joyous stream of bubbles in...

  • Is peer review in need of peer review?

    Writing about EER's triumphs the other day, reminded me that I've been getting a few emails recently from journals I've never heard of inviting me to join the Board.  This is typical: Dear William Scott, I hope this email finds...

  • A different sort of vital statistics

    The launch of the UKSSD report, Measuring Up, was ignored by all of the news outlets I pay to read.  Even the Guardian (which I don't pay for because I can't read it anymore) didn't mention it, but I came across...

  • PISA gets a good kicking

    A recent TES carried an article about PISA written by some of my colleagues at Bath.  "meaningless at best; destructive at worst" they said.  It begins like this: “Pisa does not presume to tell countries what they should do. Pisa’s...

  • Pruitt's Progress

    No one will miss him unless his successor turns out to be even worse which is entirely possible given the nature of US politics.  I refer to the egregious Scott Pruitt (no relation) now resigned as head of the EPA brought...