Is activism dead?

by mel starrs on April 2, 2008

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

I opened up my Google Reader this morning to find this post by Michael over at Phil’s blog. Michael’s take on Greenpeace and the broader issue of activism is summarised by his remembering of AS politics: it was the oppositional nature of our bicameral system that led to the fractious nature of politics in this […]

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by mel starrs on March 14, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, March 13th: You will be doing harm by Mark Thomas – via Greenpeace, a Mark Thomas piece reprinted. Raises the point about being careful WHO you work for (companies) rather than WHERE (working IN a country being a totally different game than working FOR a dodgy government – see recent […]

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by mel starrs on February 7, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 6th: Answers to your questions (Jonathon Porritt) – Great interview with Jonathan Porritt. I particularly like his response to the thorny issues of BP/BAA and offsetting flights. FT no longer on the QT about wind power – Summary from Greenpeace on recent article on wind power in the FT […]


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.  […]


In brief: HIPS, renewables, timber and Arup

by mel starrs on February 7, 2007

in News

I’ve upgraded the blog to WP 2.1. This won’t make a difference to most of you readers, but the interface for my input is much easier, with word check built in! Yay. I’ve finished crashing through the backlog of blogs from the last week. Lots of interesting goings on: Yet another consultation (pdf, 26 pages) […]


In the news

by mel starrs on July 3, 2006

in News

A nice piece in the Independent today by Stephen Tindale, Exec Director of Greenpeace, urging us to cut waste of energy. In response, I can proudly say I have eventually bought a ‘one click’ power strip for my computer peripherals, saving oodles of energy and also stopping the hum when I’ve closed down for the […]


Going Nuclear?

by mel starrs on April 18, 2006

in Renewables

photo by Captain Smurf via Flickr The debate over nuclear power rumbles on. Patrick Moore (a founding member of Greenpeace, and nothing to do with Sky at Night) has weighed in on the pro side at the Washington Post and then with a debate. The pro-nuclear site World Nuclear Association has a good summary. I’ve […]