Five years on from the Paris Agreement on climate, there is still more talk than action. Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to rise. Green schemes should be all around us. But they are not. Just before Christmas I noticed scaffolding on the roofs of a line of a dozen or so… Continue reading
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Is this what action on climate change actually looks like?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.) There were many articles last weekend marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. There is little more to be said on that we… Continue reading →
The new Autostrada del Sole – how the sun might transform motoring in the ’20s
Could Lightyear, a solar power and electric car become the vehicle of choice in the 2020s? How a Dutch start-up is blazing the path towards low emission motoring. In 2010 I wrote about the launch of the first mainstream all-electric car in the UK. The Nissan Leaf has sold well since then, but it and… Continue reading →
A night on the kinetic tiles helps power African football pitch
Tiles that generate electricity when players step on them are providing some of the energy to floodlight a football pitch in Nigeria. The rest of the power comes from solar panels. The facility, at the Federal College of Education in Lagos, is described as Africa’s first human and solar powered football pitch. Around 90 under-pitch… Continue reading →
Why are we still waiting for Turkey’s solar energy revolution?
Do holidaymakers in Turkey care where the country’s energy comes from? Why should they? They are on holiday. And yet they may notice the occasional power cut, especially in busy tourist areas. They may also wonder why that abundant sunshine isn’t helping. The sun is a great boost to the Turkish economy. It’s one of the main… Continue reading →
Can solar lamps displace Kerosene in Africa by 2020?
One big joint social and environmental problem in the world can be solved relatively easily. I don’t mean solved in the sense of: “Oh, here is a really good idea that might just come off a few years from now if enough governments and people support it, and we are prepared to spend millions.” It’s… Continue reading →