A wind energy de-obfuscator, i hope

Posted in Uncategorized, renewable energy on January 29th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

A simple wind energy tool. Originally posted and described on the Brook Lyndhurst site. It is an attempt to make wind energy a little clearer, particularly for understanding what the numbers mean. They can be a little confusing.

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Good behaviour

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

In order to influence behaviour in the realm of our treatment of the environment, unsustainable lifestyles and response to climate change, only the very best communication devices will do. Charles Dickens, WALL-E and the ‘everything is ok‘ activists all have something in common. They have used charm, humour and a lightness of touch to get people thinking about these important matters. As the barrage of information becomes increasingly overwhelming and, often, frightening, our inclination is often to run away as fast as we can. This post is about a few people who seem to have found a winning formula. Sanctimonious approaches are not welcome here.

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the trillion dollar challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Carbon-counting obsessive behaviour crashes to an adrenaline-soaked conclusion in what amounts to a doomsday clock for humanity. With admirably few words, the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics have used a short series of panic-inducing counters to indicate the imminent collapse of the world as we know it with their trillionth tonne counter. As average [...]

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david mackay – sustainable energy without the hot air

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23rd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

On 21 Oct 09 I went to a talk at Oxford Brookes.
David MacKay is a physics person from Univ. Cambridge, and recently appointed advisor to DECC.
Writer of ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’, also available free online.
So, the diagram here shows how much energy could be generated from each source (in green), based on [...]

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TTHackney – a letter to the hub

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

dear all
with a momentary aside where we wondered if ‘Transition Town Hackney’ was really going to be the name or not, being concerned with automatically associating ourselves with the politics implied by that name, wondering if the whole of Hackney in one whoosh was really going to work anyway (what with a quarter of a [...]

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WISE & Transition

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22nd, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

(WISE Event ‘Transition Towns Comes to London’, Conway Hall, Tue 16 Sept 2008, w/ Mike Grenville, Rob Hopkins & others)
Maybe some will appreciate a word or two (!) about the recent most excellent WISE event – Transition Towns Comes To London…
First I’ll summarize the two presentations (1). Then the debate and session that followed (2). [...]

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brief coup in venuzuela

Posted in research queue - done on May 4th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

a story about how chavez was briefly outed from the presidency, along with his entire administration. an example in corrupted use of the media for political ends. something about the context makes it a very raw example, and very clear in terms of misuse of footage, selective use of camera angles, the manipulation of crowds [...]

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David Korten – the great turning

Posted in research queue - done on May 4th, 2008 by admin – Be the first to comment

presentation about ‘the great turning’, the time where humanity is aware of the need to change the way we are configured, the way we live, the way that we work together and cooperate globally. highly inspirational in as much as it sharply defines many of the major issues of today’s situation in an efficient way. [...]

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