Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • 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...

  • How are we Measuring Up?

    I missed the launch of Measuring Up – UKSSD's report into how well the UK is implementing the sustainable development goals.  There's more detail here, and I hope that government will see the report as useful in helping in what it is doing...

  • EER breaks the 2.594 barrier

    The 2017 Journal Citation Reports & Impact Factors have just been released by Clarivate, and it's reported that the Impact Factor of Environmental Education Research  has increased from 1.709 to 2.595 – don't you just love the precision. This means that...

  • Curriculum French style

    I see that the firm hand of the State has decreed that all French 10 year olds will sing the anthem in public.  All of it, I wonder: Arise, children of the Fatherland, The day of glory has arrived! Against us, tyranny's Bloody standard is...

  • Sheep 0 – 1 Friends of rank grasses

    I see that James Rebanks [note 1] has been hounded [note 2], by the Friends of Rank Grasses [FRG] masquerading as conservationists, off a Govian panel reviewing the future of the national parks. The Times said: "Mr Rebanks said that...

  • Schadenfreude begins at home

    Regular readers know that I'm no fan of Mrs M (actually, of either Mrs Ms, but it's the German one who appalls me the most).  I follow the train wreck of her policy mishaps with particular interest not only because...

  • Biomass blues

    Were you someone who immediately thought that there was a problem with using biomass to fuel large power stations (such as Drax)?  Did you say, 'Hang on a bit!  Why are we trucking wood products to US ports, shipping them...

  • Remembering Eunice Foote

    An email last week from David Terry, editor of the valuable BEACONS Guides to Climate Change in which he discusses the sadly little known Eunice Foote, who was the first to discover greenhouse gases. The book that Paul Vare and I wrote recently:...

  • Four modern German proverbs

    Depending on your source, German proverbs can feel similar to English ones – or quite different.  See, for example, this – and this.  My favourite in these collections is this: A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs...

  • The first UN-ESD award for the ASE

    No; UN-ESD is not some new desperate acronym invented by UNESCO.  Rather, it's an award to the UK's Association for Science Education for managing to ignore ESD for so long. Whilst some may think that the ASE's long and sustained...