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New JRC report ­– Prosumerism and energy sustainability This report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre develops a sociotechnical understanding of energy prosumerism to investigate how energy prosumerism can lead to actual reductions of energy and resource demand. The report starts out by explaining what a sociotechnical and broad understanding of prosumerism means. Thereafter, … Continue reading Read all about it – important new publications

Research shows that the tactics of climate change activists can yield significant advantages for their cause, but such radical actions also carry significant risks

Climate protesters who take radical and provocative action risk alienating their allies and repression from authorities, but their tactics can yield significant advantages for their cause. Alistair Walsh discusses the impact of climate change activists in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. What do you think?   Disruptive climate protests — do they help or … Continue reading Research shows that the tactics of climate change activists can yield significant advantages for their cause, but such radical actions also carry significant risks

There are ways of conveying the hard scientific facts about climate change to young people while at the same time fostering resilience

Today’s teens and people in their 20s are experiencing increased anxiety, grief, fear or guilt about the planet’s future as well as their own. Fortunately, there are ways of conveying the hard scientific facts about climate change while at the same time fostering resilience. Simon Appolloni, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment at the University … Continue reading There are ways of conveying the hard scientific facts about climate change to young people while at the same time fostering resilience

There’s a consistent relationship between environmentally friendly action and personal wellbeing which spans different parts of the world

A wide range of research now shows there is a positive relationship between environmentally friendly behaviour and personal wellbeing. A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that abandoning fossil fuels and the high-emission lifestyles they afford must begin immediately. The good news is that there may be a lot more … Continue reading There’s a consistent relationship between environmentally friendly action and personal wellbeing which spans different parts of the world

Inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action on climate change

Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town and Anda David, Agence française de développement (AFD) argue in an article on The Conversation website that inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action. Furthermore, reducing inequalities allows us to shift from the gridlock of only talking to the established elite. In turn, … Continue reading Inequality is part of the answer as to why there is little action on climate change

New survey on British attitudes on criteria when selecting a new home

A news item on the Property Reporter website discusses the findings of a survey commissioned by the Home Builders Federation on the sentiment among the British public towards more sustainable living, following in the wake of the recent energy crisis and growing general awareness of our individual carbon footprints.   Demand for energy efficiency at … Continue reading New survey on British attitudes on criteria when selecting a new home

Understanding our real water use

Water is a precious resource that we need to preserve, even in countries that they think they have an abundance of it. But cutting down on how much we consume has more to do with the food we eat than the length of our showers. Natalie Muller and Neil King discuss "hidden" or "virtual" water in an … Continue reading Understanding our real water use

A better understanding of energy usage helps lead to lower energy bills

David Glew, Head of Energy Efficiency and Policy at Leeds Beckett University in an article on The Conversation website discusses the importance of “energy literacy.”   How to lower your bills with a better grasp of home energy use The future does not look bright for energy bills, with fuel poverty set to affect over 6 … Continue reading A better understanding of energy usage helps lead to lower energy bills

Fixing the world’s climate mess requires both urgency and a sense of agency to create the best possible future

The evidence is clear that people are changing the climate dramatically. But human actions can also affect the climate for the better by reducing fossil fuel burning and carbon emissions. It’s not too late to avert the worst effects of climate change, but time is running out. Thomas S. Bateman, Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior … Continue reading Fixing the world’s climate mess requires both urgency and a sense of agency to create the best possible future

Climate activists take a new approach: sabotaging hundreds of SUVs

In an article on The Conversation website, Graeme Hayes, Reader in Political Sociology at Aston University and Oscar Berglund, Lecturer in International Public and Social Policy at the University of Bristol discuss the actions of activists in Britain to deflate the tyres of SUVs. What do you think about this type of activism? Will it … Continue reading Climate activists take a new approach: sabotaging hundreds of SUVs