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  • American Affirmative Animal Action

    The recent news that raccoons were on the loose in the UK reminded me of a story from last year which was based on an article for The Conversation by Tara Pirie from the University of Surrey: Wild animals that...

  • Target Practise

    I read that whilst speaking at an event organised by Holyrood magazine, the leader of the Green Party in Scotland, who's also a government minister, Patrick Harvie said: “After 15 years of having climate legislation, we have had too much...

  • Interpreting an EPC

    I've been reading my neighbours' energy performance certificates.  This did not involve snooping or asking intrusive questions as they (if they exist) are all on line.  You can check up on your street here.  This is an example (not my...

  • The Glory Of The Garden

    To mark International Poetry Day, here's an unusual bit of Kipling first published in A School History of England (1911). Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,...

  • Comparative Disadvantage

    I read that the government's Department of Zero Energy and No Security [DOZENS] is thinking about slapping UK import taxes on Chinese battery EVs.  It seems that they are thought to be far too cheap because of subsidies.  Fresh from...

  • Put it in the Chat

    Once upon a time, when there was a seminar you got up very early, spent a large amount of money on a train fare, and a few hours later you arrived having in the meanwhile tried mostly unsuccessfully to do...

  • An Uphill Struggle

    Harold Williamson was a TV journalist well known for his interviews with children.  One day he asked a young girl who she was painting, and she said, “God”.  Williamson gently protested that no one knew what God looked like. “Well",...

  • What's a Green Job?

    The International Labour Organization's pretty broad definition of green jobs is “decent jobs in any economic sector which contribute to preserving, restoring and enhancing environmental quality", so there should be lots of them around.  But where are they? It's an...

  • Behaviour Change and Net Zero

    I attended the I-SEE Sustainable Energy & the Environment Webinar: Behaviour change for net zero, last Tuesday.  It was given by Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh of the University of Bath. Here's Lorraine's introduction: In this talk, I will argue that most...

  • The £28bn Question

    Whilst I’ve not been obsessing about the £28bn that the Labour Party promised to borrow to invest in green matters every year in the next parliament, I’ve been trying to keep track of it; just as I’ve been wondering what...