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COP26 - A glass half full?

The waiting is over, COP26 has been and gone (along with 25 other COPs).  Should I be glad that something was agreed, or sad that it is clearly not enough?  Glass half full, or half empty?  Optimistic or pessimistic?  Read on to reveal my mix of emotions.

A burning analogy?

A burning analogy?

First published as an opinion piece in the Scotsman on 8th October 2021.

Like all addictions it is better not to start than to try and stop.  We have built a world where we can live in large houses, commute long distances and buy cheap manufactured goods. Our economic system is built on cheap fossil fuels. 

But we can learn from how we have successfully tackled our addiction to nicotine.  In this article I outline how we have waged a 'war' against the harm caused by smoking over several decades and how this is a good analogy for how society should tackle our climate crisis.

Should I buy an Electric Car - guest blog

Should I buy an Electric Car - guest blog

Guest blog by Chloe Davies who specialises in content creation regarding the UK energy market.   Should I buy an electric car?

Fossilised trees in Namibia - evidence of long term drought

12 'radical' Solutions for Climate Change

I've set myself a difficult challenge.  To identify 12 solutions to solve climate change.  Of course I could be broad brush and suggest "stop burning fossil fuels" but that would not be very helpful or practical.  So, here we go with some ideas that are not yet mainstream.....

Finnieson Crane, River Clyde, Glasgow

Glasgow and COP26

All you need to know about the city of Glasgow and the climate conference facilities – illustrated in 24 photographs.

Cut Carbon – Climb every Mountain

Cut Carbon – Climb every Mountain

As a regular hillwalker* I know that to climb a mountain you need to plan, pack and persist.  Here I will explore the analogy between climbing a mountain and a business or individual cutting their carbon emissions to zero.

Climate and Community

Climate and Community

What role do communities have in tackling our climate and nature crises?  Read on to find out. 

Net Zero - Why is my beach still dirty?

Net Zero - Why is my beach still dirty?

Net zero - is it a mirage?  In this short blog I make an analogy between a company's net zero carbon targets and a beach cafe trying to keep litter off their beach.

What on Earth is COP26?

What on Earth is COP26?

You will be hearing a lot in the run up to COP26 in November.  But what exactly is it?  In this blog I will explain all in as few words as possible.