Showing posts with label Carbon Commentary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carbon Commentary. Show all posts

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Carbon Commentary, issue 12

Another issue of Carbon Commentary hit the tarmac of the Information Superhighway last week featuring a controversial proposal about the future of Formula 1, the impact of the d-word on environmental policy, falling sterling and the nuclear threat, a major woody about green jobs, carbon capture and storage, the Tory's energy policy, and the need for prudence in the government's approach to climate change. Y'all can read it in one downloadable PDF here.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Carbon Commentary, issue 11

The most recent issue of the Carbon Commentary newsletter features articles by Chris Goodall on jatropha, the tropical shrub that produces a diesel substitute when grown on marginal land; the UK's record on renewable energy; a heavy-handed piece of satire on the government's attitude to nuclear power; the unexplained rise in methane levels; and an analysis of the problems of using feed-in tariffs to subsidize low-carbon energy.

If you want to subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates by email, you can do so here.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Carbon Commentary, issue 10

The latest edition of collected pieces from Carbon Commentary includes data on UK energy consumption trends, an assessment of the economics of Scottish wind power, and on using offshore wind farms as part of the pension planning of individual investors. Articles on global average temperatures in spring 2008, the connection between biofuels and rising food costs, and UK government energy policy complete this newsletter.

Carbon Commentary has recently been included in the Guardian Environment Network.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Carbon Commentary, issue 9

Chris Goodall has changed the way he writes Carbon Commentary. Instead of publishing six articles together in a newsletter every fortnight, he writes them as irregular blog posts as and when the need arises. This is because he is busy writing another book: Ten Technologies to Save the Planet. The articles are still being collected and sent as a newsletter, and this week I produced the latest issue. It contains pieces on recent trends in UK domestic electricity consumption; the adverse effect that the government's active support for nuclear power is having on the prospects for offshore wind; BT's inaccurate claims about the power consumption of its home phones; the overblown promises of a company raising money to build ethanol-from-wheat refineries; and a report on a presentation given by scientist Roy Spencer to a conference of climate change sceptics.

You can read the newsletter in its excerpted format here; or download the printer-friendly PDF version here.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Monday, 12 November 2007

Carbon Commentary, issue 5

The fifth Carbon Commentary newsletter has hit the streets of the Information Superhighway. This week features articles on battery-powered cars, Hillary Clinton, public opinion surveys on climate change, the rebound effect, biochar, and the suspicion that Mexico's floods and California's forest fires can't be blamed entirely on global warming. Read the newsletter online here; or download the whole thing as a big, fat PDF.

Mexican floods

Monday, 29 October 2007

Carbon Commentary, issue 4

I've finished preparing the new issue of Chris Goodall's Carbon Commentary Newsletter. Articles this week include some surprising news about the impact of food packaging on climate change, and the not-so-innocent plastic drinks bottles used by Innocent.

You can read the full newsletter here; or download the full-text PDF version here.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Carbon Commentary, issues 2 and 3

The third edition of the Carbon Commentary Newsletter, which I proof-read, typeset, and upload for Chris Goodall, was published today. You can read it here:

"This fortnight's edition covers topics as diverse as Bjørn Lomborg's new book, BT's energy efficient data centres, and the fiercely argued issues of the Severn barrage and biofuels. I look at the government's main environmental proposals in the Pre-Budget review, saying that Air Passenger Duty will probably remain in its current form. In an article on the problems that the Advertising Standards Authority faces in holding back the tide of half-true green advertising, I confess to complaining about Ford advertising of its Flexi-Fuel cars, only to get hopelessly bogged down in science I barely understand."

You can read the second edition from 1 October here:

"It looks at questions as diverse as UK consumer behaviour, the prototype Ceres Power domestic CHP boiler and climate modification by geo-engineering."

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Carbon Commentary: A critical appraisal of issues in the move to a low-carbon economy

The website I have been setting up, designing, tweaking, proof-reading, and customizing on behalf of Chris Goodall, the Green Party's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon (and husband of my Hertford College tutor and current OED research project leader, Dr Charlotte Brewer), officially went live today. It's called Carbon Commentary.

Here is how Chris Goodall introduces the first email newsletter (for which the site is built):

"[Carbon Commentary] aims to provide an opinionated appraisal of the main themes in the halting moves towards a low-carbon world. It will analyse the main stories from the world of climate change during the previous fortnight, focusing on the implications for the UK. It is written to be read, and enjoyed, by a wide but scientifically literate audience."

You can read the newsletter online here, or download the PDF version here (printer-friendly with full-length articles).

Any comments, either here or there, are most welcome. Please spread the word to any interested parties.