News and Updates

  • Dasgupta, NGOs and the silence on schools

    As I noted the other week that the Dasgupta Review has been published.  It has been widely welcomed with some NGOs publishing extensive comments.  See, for example, this from WWF-UK.  The WWF commentary makes a number of key points, the first two of...

  • DfE and the Natural History GCSE

    Imagine a conversation in a sanctuary just north of the Thames ... Permanent Secretary – The next item on the agenda, Secretary of State, is what to do about the OCR proposal for a natural history GCSE. Secretary of State – Golly!...

  • Coal and the Kremlin

    Imagine a conversation somewhere east of the Vistula ... Sergey Some good energy news for a change Mr President.  Useful idiots in England have pressurised an out of their depth local council to change its tune about opening a new...

  • The Feast of St Brigit

    Brigit (pronounced breed) was goddess of the ancient British Kingdom of Brigantia.  She regenerates the forces of nature at the end of each winter.   Today, February 2nd, is Imbolc (pronounced emolc) which is half way between the Winter Solstice and...

  • Peace, Justice and Scarlett Westbrook

    You'll have heard of 16 year old Scarlett Westbrook, I guess.  If you haven't then you're really not keeping up!  She is head of political engagement at Teach the Future and a key figure in the UK Student Climate Network,...

  • 25 years of Environmental Education Research

    In what will be my last piece of writing for Environmental Education Research I have just written an editorial which was published on-line yesterday.  You can access it here. Titled, 25 years on: looking back at environmental education research, it is...

  • Vaccination, GMOs and the EU

    Some of the most promising anti-Covid vaccines under development Covid-19 use a form of genetic modification.  For example, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is based on a virus that infects chimpanzees where some of its genetic instructions have been altered.  But hang on,...

  • When the wind fails to blow

    Pity National Grid managers the other week when the country was blanketed by thick cloud and the wind was barely above a breath.  At 0830 coal was already being burnt in power stations to keep the lights on and trains...

  • The Chicago Principles

    Now and again you come across a statement that is so important that it demands attention and celebration.  One such is the report on freedom of expression by the University of Chicago.  This is the background. The Committee on Freedom...

  • Ashden's zero carbon 2030 journey

    This email arrived on Wednesday Dear Bill, Lots of us remember the misery of a dreary, draughty classroom, or struggling to keep our eyes open in overheated, stuffy rooms. But inefficient school buildings and heating don’t only make lessons uncomfortable...