Below is a little list of pieces from this blog over the last eighteen months, looking at how we perceive climate change - and how we might deal with it.
about the politics:
Futures Forum: "Climate science has been dragged into the American-style culture wars that are turning British intellectual life into a battlefield."
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing... "Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change"
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing... "Climate change hysteria is really a feeling."
about the science:
Futures Forum: "In fact, climate forecasts are actually outperforming many of the key economic forecasts cited by government departments and journalists."
Futures Forum: Climate Change: "It appears the more carbon we emit, the less we want to believe we’re contributing to the problem."
Futures Forum: Transformational Climate Science: Conference at Exeter University: Thurs 15th & Fri 16th May
Futures Forum: Climate change: "only one Briton in nine realises the strength of the scientific consensus"
Futures Forum: Fracking would “bring wealth and prosperity and jobs”... but “we have failed so far to win the public argument.”
Futures Forum: "Many people are beginning to realise that locally produced gas is a transition fuel that can live alongside and not replace renewables..."
Futures Forum: "Allowing fracking companies to drill on private land without first requiring a landowner’s permission."... or... "Neighborhood Environmentalism: Toward Democratic Energy"
Futures Forum: Fracking...... the pros and cons...... and trespass law...... and climate change......
about peak oil:
sacrifice our lifestyle:
Futures Forum: "Ordinary people are reluctant to put wildlife ahead of immediate financial self-interest."
leave the planet:
look to technology:
Futures Forum: The techno-fix ... Can we engineer our way out of environmental catastrophe? Or ... Can we 'design for the real world'?
decouple economic growth from environmental consequences:
Futures Forum: Climate Change solutions: "Revealing greater agreement than the pro-growth versus de-growth dichotomy suggests."
Futures Forum: Climate change... and the possibility - or not - of "decoupling" economic growth from environmental impacts
enjoy the low fuel prices:
Futures Forum: Squaring the circle: low oil prices, high renewable prices ... and high carbon emissions
realise how bad things really are:
Futures Forum: Energy crisis, what energy crisis? ... "Can they cut our energy bills and keep the lights on?"
Futures Forum: Energy crisis, what energy crisis? ... "Understanding Our Oil-Related Fiscal Cliff." ... But "the shift toward renewables has several difficulties..."
Futures Forum: The impacts of climate change are “severe, pervasive and irreversible” says the latest assessment from the IPCC.
Futures Forum: Rob Nixon: "How can we devise arresting stories that capture the pervasive but elusive effects of 'slow violence'? Climate change, deforestation, oil spills, acidifying oceans, and a host of other slowly unfolding environmental crises."
Futures Forum: "Green growth is a worthwhile goal" - comment on climate change and sustainability from the FT
Futures Forum: "I believe humanity is making risky bets in the climate casino ... But it is always possible that humanity will wake up and make the needed investments in rapid change, driven by the magic of the market and technological innovation."
challenge the economic system:
Futures Forum: Climate change: the Stern Review eight years on ... "Climate change is the greatest market failure the world has ever seen."
challenge carbon producers:
Futures Forum: Climate change and "the history of a fossil fuel addiction" ... Prof Iain Stewart @ the Sidmouth Science Festival
Futures Forum: How sustainable is the construction industry? ... 'Concrete is responsible for 7-10% of CO2 emissions' ... 'The industry must shift its emphasis beyond recycling and towards reuse'
reduce subsidies to fossil fuels:
Futures Forum: "... a reckless use of public money at a time when people are very concerned about energy costs.”
Futures Forum: Energy firms receive £1bn for green measures before they are carried out: the Energy Company Obligation
Futures Forum: "Levies, Damned Levies, and Statistics": Green levies and energy bills: What are the figures and what do people think?
Futures Forum: Green levies and the cost of energy... the Energy Companies Obligation, the warm homes discount scheme and the Green Deal
formulate energy bills differently:
Futures Forum: Norway's price structuring for energy bills... no standing charges and higher price-bands for higher use
get government to invest:
Futures Forum: "Why isn't the renewable energy sector delivering what we need to keep the lights on and make us more sustainable?"
get governments to set targets:
Futures Forum: Storms and flooding >> climate change >> cutting carbon ... ... from the UK Met Office to the EU summit
enable communities to create action plans:
go for a stigmergic revolution: ie > local & spontaneous solutions:
Futures Forum: Climate Change... from the bottom up... or... "Libertarianism – An Ecological Consideration"
encourage community energy production:
Futures Forum: "Community energy offers a long-lasting solution that protects against ‘big six’ price rises and pumps money back into local areas.”
Futures Forum: Solar, wind, fracking: "We seem simultaneously to be mismanaging the exploitation of three key decentralised energy sources."
Futures Forum: Community energy cooperatives: "Most of the wind projects in Denmark are still locally owned and local green energy co-op based schemes have spread across Europe, notably in Germany."
Futures Forum: Local energy can be very profitable: "Seizing the opportunity of decentralised energy generation can provide new income streams for communities and councils."
Futures Forum: The Role of District Heating in our Future... Exeter & East Devon Low Carbon Task Force to address Transition Exeter meeting........ Tues 11th November
Futures Forum: Local authority and community energy projects are going to pose “a big challenge" to the Big Six providers
Futures Forum: Climate change: IPPR's Low Carbon Manifesto: "there should be a shift in focus away from large-scale generation to energy efficiency, new sources of finance for low-carbon infrastructure and a recognition of the huge role that the regions play in low-carbon energy generation."
invest in renewables:
Futures Forum: “Energiewende” – energy transformation... reducing dependence on fossil fuels and changing the role of the large traditional utilities.
Futures Forum: "A confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and residential-scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo."
Futures Forum: How to interpret a study comparing fracking, solar power and wind turbines... “That makes it look like we are saying that solar panels are all around worse than shale gas, which... is not really what we’ve said. We are certainly not trying to say that shale gas is greener than renewables.”
invest in nuclear:
create resilient local economies:
Futures Forum: Climate Change: There is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner more resilient economies
look to business profitability:
Futures Forum: "How doing business sustainably can actually improve the bottom line."
Futures Forum: "How doing business sustainably can actually improve the bottom line."
retrofit and refurbish:
Futures Forum: Windows and energy: secondary glazing with curtains is more efficient than double-glazing
Futures Forum: "The greenest building is the one standing" > Why do developers prefer to demolish buildings than renovate them?
Futures Forum: The PassivHaus: cheaper than you think to build.... and only £20 annual heating bills.....
Futures Forum: What are the most efficient forms of energy? ... It might not be just a question of how to generate power the best way ... By 2026 100% of German houses will be zero energy consumers. In the UK it will be under 5%.
reduce the amount of energy we use:
build more intelligent infrastructure:
Futures Forum: Alternatives to asphalt for building roads ..... gravel, or ..... concrete, or ..... glass as solar panels
return to a pre-agricultural society:
Futures Forum: In Praise of Idleness: "If Hadza nomads get by on 14 hours’ work a week, why can’t we?"
Futures Forum: "Sometimes the parched topsoil of the Sahara settles on London and the whole of England": How the results of intensive farming in Africa are felt thousands of miles away
Futures Forum: Saving the rainforests.... indigenous communities' and palm oil corporations' commitment to "zero-deforestation"
Futures Forum: Climate change: the role of livestock and agriculture... or: "Can steak save the planet?"
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Science Festival: fossil-fuel free farming: Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October
Futures Forum: Mazzard Farm: “In a matter of months we’ve gone from being a low-carbon tourism business to almost a zero-carbon tourism business. And what’s more, it makes absolute business sense."
prepare for extreme weather:
Futures Forum: Climate change "is encouraging the sleeping giant beneath our feet to stir once again"... Prof Bill McGuire @ the Sidmouth Science Festival