Is the future worth a conversation?

We all know that climate change is the biggest challenge currently facing humanity and that we all need to take action now. But it is often confusing, overwhelming and hard to even talk about.   Yet talking about climate change can be one of the most powerful things you can do!  So join a group of concerned locals for a relaxed chat about Read More…

Tax on Aviation fuel and Carbon offsets

In the 1940’s international transport was still dominated by coal-burning steam trains and oil-burning ocean liners. Air travel was still in its infancy, so to promote it, tax on aviation fuel was deemed exempt through the International Convention on Civil Aviation (ICAO, Chicago, 1944, Article 24). Now, over 70 years later, when air travel is the dominant form of international and domestic travelRead More…

Climate Change and the Future: Should We Be Scared?

Climate Change definitely does not inspire the same emotions in all of us. Media, schools, friends, family; they all parts of our lives that influence the way we feel about this issue. And depending on the social circles you find yourself in, some very different ideas of the current state of affairs are painted for you. But for the most part, it would seem people do generally get the sense that ouRead More…

Electric cars; the future?

  The average car in the UK produces over 2 tonnes of CO2 per annum and as the Scottish Government has set a goal to reduce carbon emission by 50% by 2025 and by 80% by 2050, there is an urgent push to replace petrol and diesel cars and trucks with electric or hydrogen ones (zero emissions). In addition exhaust emissions also included carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate sooty maRead More…

Arctic Sea Ice, Atmospheric CO2 levels and Individual Lifestyle Choices.

Just come across an article in New Scientist from April last year about the effect of atmospheric CO2 levels and the disappearance of Arctic sea ice and it is shocking. What it shows, very simply, is that we can all make a collective effort to reduce our CO2 emissions and thereby delay the rate of arctic ice retreat. It takes 1 tonne of CO2 to melt 3 cubic metres of sea ice. A typical car in the Read More…

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Transition voices on the new IPCC report

The most recent in the long series of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports hit the headlines early this month with a warning that we only have 12 years to take action if we are to keep the world from warming beyond 1.5C. This most recent summary of research on climate change indicates that 1.5C target is both affordable and feasible but will require urgent and drastic action from govRead More…