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Links for August 31st through September 3rd

by Mel Starrs on September 4, 2009

in News

These are my links for August 31st through September 3rd: BBC – Open Secrets: Comparing the energy efficiency of public buildings – In case anyone missed this (over 5000 properties get a G): "until a few days ago, if you wanted to compare all the buildings on the register, you had two somewhat time-consuming and […]

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These are my links for March 28th through March 29th: Feed Copyrighter Plugin – via Casa Salt Shaker (excellent Buenos Airean food blogger) a WP plug-in to add a note at bottom of feeds in readers asserting copyright. Fast Track: Libya – More on BBC World's Fast Track about Libya's ecotourism attempt by Foster's (first […]

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US presidential race

by mel starrs on January 8, 2008

in Fun

Believe it or not we still have 11 months of US politics to sit through.  Good grief – they know how to spin things out, don’t they?  Anyway, via Oikos, I found Glassbooth which is a great tool for comparing yourself to the candidates and their views.  My top match was Barack Obama, which was […]

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 I’ve not had a chance to listen to it yet, but the Reith Lecture from Jeffrey Sachs is available for download on Radio 4 until next Wednesday. Page is here.   Jeffrey Sachs argues that the world faces challenges on an unprecedented scale – global warming, terrorism, poverty, disease and bad governance.   The 21st […]

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More on Train to Gain and the LSC

by mel starrs on March 10, 2007

in The Profession

via Paul Miller‘s delicious links, I found some scathing insights into the Train to Gain programme here on the BBC. Shame I missed this before I wrote this post. Sir Digby Jones, skills envoy for the government and ex-CBI bod, criticises government funding and other various quangos likening the process to British Leyland: “you put […]

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Craig Macintosh over at Celsias has a somewhat Malthusian solution to global warming.  Rather than agriculture limiting population (and thus limiting carbon emissions, halting or reversing global warming) a major pandemic could do the job much swifter.  As I keep mentioning, Jared Diamond covers similar topics in ‘Collapse‘.  Gareth Kane has population on his mind too.  […]

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edit: this was originally posted 22 January, but I fear there may have been a glitch and it has been marked as private.  Odd.  Anyway, here it is again… Spotted via the IET headlines, this article in the Telegraph highlights the findings of a report in Energy Policy in December which criticises the fragmented approach […]

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Turns out the message isn’t half as important as how the message is conveyed. Sounds rational, doesn’t it? I started writing this post with a view to reviewing carbon rationing but it quickly evolved into a lesson on communicating and persuasion. I’ll begin with a video of Mayer Hillman on YouTube from BBC Breakfast on […]

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100 Days of Carbon Clean Up

by mel starrs on July 27, 2006

in Uncategorized

Photo from Flickr CIBSE have been promoting the 100 Days of Carbon Clean-up, due to finish mid-September. I’ve just spotted that the BBC are following Fulcrum‘s efforts on the news website – and they appear to be struggling with natural ventilation vs. a workable temperature in the heatwave too: We’re too hot! Productivity in the […]

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I almost fell off the sofa last week when I saw this ad on TV. According to the Construction Skills website: ‘The new advertising campaign ‘Make Your Mark’ features iconic buildings, which come to life in a specially animated style, evoking the sense of dreams becoming reality. For the first time this year we will […]

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