Climate Change

It was a funny old week, last week. First we have the Clive James kerfuffle, subsequent to his essay “In praise of scepticism“. There was some dissent against James on Twitter (which I am increasingly becoming disillusioned with as a tool for proper discourse and debate – 140 characters is not enough space to make […]

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Nick Stern’s new book

by Mel Starrs on May 7, 2009

in Economics, Events & Conferences

Sometimes it’s good to get to events which don’t have a construction or buildings focus. Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I heard that Nick Stern (aka Professor Lord Stern of Brentwood) was presenting a public lecture about his new book at LSE on 21 April. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to listen to […]

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Green Monday

by mel starrs on March 9, 2009

in Events & Conferences

Last Monday I attended Green Monday, a monthly networking event for corporate climate change leaders in London. I was first alerted to Green Monday by Phil back in September, but this month was the first time my calendar had conspired to allow me to attend. The event kicked off with a panel discussion and then […]

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In defence of critical thinking

by mel starrs on November 17, 2008

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

Whilst I was away on holiday the US got a new president, and one of it’s most famous authors, Michael Crichton died. Catching up on my feeds over the past week, I was surprised there wasn’t any comment in my inbox on Crichton’s passing, given his brush with the green movement a couple of years […]

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So on my quest to read all those books we ‘green’ folks are supposed to have read, I mooched a copy of Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher and (more importantly) actually read it. I have a couple of fuller formed posts to come out of […]

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Some great images courtesy of The Independent. The full article here, a flavour: “We set up the competition to give cartoonists around the world a platform on which to express themselves,” says John Renard, one of the Earthworks organisers. “We hoped that the competition would stimulate cartoonists to use their pens and wit to help […]

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100 months to save the world

by mel starrs on August 3, 2008

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

The NEF (New Economics Foundation) launched the New Green Deal earlier in July. The Guardian this week has been full of Andrew Simms‘ rallying call of “100 months*” left to save the world. I’m reading through all the links (some below for your viewing pleasure) and digesting what it all means, but in the meantime, […]

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Back quickly

by mel starrs on December 18, 2007

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

I know I said I had gone for Xmas, but a quick comment on the supplement to PPS1: para.  20: In particular, planning authorities should: – not require applicants for energy development to demonstrate either the overall need for renewable energy and its distribution, nor question the energy justification for why a proposal for such […]

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Oslo September 2008 – call for papers

by mel starrs on December 8, 2007

in Events & Conferences

This looks intriguing. ABSTRACTS DUE February 1, 2008 ANNOUNCEMENTS of Accepted Papers March 1, 2008 COMPLETED DRAFTS DUE June 1, 2008 The Topic Following successful Congresses in Berlin 2005 and Leeds 2006, the Council for European Urbanism will hold its third international congress in Oslo, Norway from the 14th to 16th September 2008. The congress […]

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Adapt or die…

by mel starrs on February 5, 2007

in Uncategorized

via:: Fred Wilson Here’s a nice depressing start to the week (having just come back from holiday feeling slightly fragile anyway having devoured Heat, Cradle to Cradle and Collapse – cheery holiday reading – not!). A report from the IPCC available here (pdf, 21 pages): The understanding of anthropogenic warming and cooling influences on climate […]

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