Cyclical environmental record in Denmark

Cyclical environmental record in Denmark

Le Monde reported this week that Copenhagen has recently set a new record: there are officially more bicycles than cars on the roads of the Danish capital. That is 265,700 cycles compared to 252,600 cars since November 2016. But the city wants to go even further: it has a target for bicycles to account for … Continue reading

Dangerous potential consequences from climate change

Dangerous potential consequences from climate change

There have been many assessments of the negative aspects of climate change. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, provides an interview conducted by Irene Banos Ruiz with one of the authors of a study that assessed the links between climate change and organised crime.   ‘Climate change allows terrorists to thrive’ The German foreign office has … Continue reading

Will subsidies for fossil fuels ever end?

Will subsidies for fossil fuels ever end?

Once again we read about subsidies for fossil fuels. Ian Johnston writes in the Independent that files sent accidentally to Britain’s top satirical magazine, Private Eye, shows that the British government has been providing financial support for fossil fuel development overseas. It is encouraging that Britain is one of the most generous countries providing foreign … Continue reading

Using recycled waste to develop eco-friendly bricks

Using recycled waste to develop eco-friendly bricks

We are seeing so many innovative technologies these days. Margaret Taylor writes in Scotland’s Herald newspaper about a new business in Scotland that uses waste from demolition sites to manufacture bricks.   Eco-brick building a route to market A clean technology business incubated at Heriot-Watt University is on the cusp of launching a commercialisation project … Continue reading

One day we may fuel our cars with iron powder

One day we may fuel our cars with iron powder

Canadian scientists are look at iron powder to one day provide a cleaner, greener alternative fuel for vehicles. Nicole Mortillaro explains on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website.   Metal as fuel? These Canadian scientists are working to make it happen Imagine one day fuelling your car with iron powder, rather than gasoline. That’s the goal … Continue reading

Addressing global water shortages

Addressing global water shortages

We are always looking at innovative ways to address climate change concerns. Chelsea Harvey writes in the Washington Post about a new water-capturing device that works even in some of the world’s driest places.   This device pulls drinking water straight out of the air — and it runs entirely on the sun’s energy A … Continue reading

A renovation strategy for Europe?

A renovation strategy for Europe?

It was in 1970 when the Beatles released The Long and Winding Road. With the onslaught of the first major oil crisis only four years later, it could be the anthem for energy policy ever since. The beginning of the road was a push to start with more insulation in our buildings in order to … Continue reading