Something in the Air

…and such was Apple’s tagline for the Mac Book Air all the way back in 2008. I can’t believe it was that long ago, but then I also can’t believe I was once ridiculously excited about the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010. OK – that’s all a bit random, but the something in the air that I am mostly interested in at the moment is its velocity, particularly in my area.

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Change of Perspective and Pace

The inevitability of change is much easier grasped with hindsight and the path my reading and research into climate change has taken me further from the mainstream topics and in a direction which is more personal. Looking at climate change in any depth and from any angle (technical, political etc.) can get you fairly depressed. there is a realisation that there is an inevitability around it and the only unknown is the manifestations of the process and their subsequent impact. Life threatening in my time? Probably not; but I’m glad I don’t have children.

The Orchard Just Along the Lane

There is a little surprise just up the lane. A good surprise, for a change. While the ‘Back Lane’ (it’s actually called South Loirston Road) has suffered from removal of the tranquil views across gorse and broom and an increase in traffic – both from the on-going construction site developments and from new neighbours using the lane as a ‘short-cut’ I was really pleased to see that a local community has planted an urban orchard in one of the few remaining green spaces in the neighbourhood.


Global Apollo Programme

A major global research programme to make carbon-free baseload electricity less costly than electricity from coal, and to do it within 10 years. The Global Apollo Programme: a summary The challenge To avoid irreparable damage, governments of the world have agreed to limit the world’s rise in temperature to 2 ̊C. This means an absolute …

Source: Homepage – Global Apollo Programme


Chasing Ice

Last Sunday I got up, made myself a coffee, went out to the garden to play with the dog and have a cigarette and then came in side to sit down and watch Chasing Ice. This film is at once beautiful, frightening, provoking and inspirational.


Petroleum Industry and Climate Change – Aberdeen Climate Action

Source: Petroleum Industry and Climate Change – Aberdeen Climate Action


CO2 Now | CO2 Home

Definitely getting a little hotter – although with all this snow in April it’s hard to tell.

Source: CO2 Now | CO2 Home


The Fruit Garden

Now that Spring is here, like it or not, I have to head to the garden. Last year it got a bit neglected as we built the garage and it’s too big a garden to be a fair weather gardener! While most of it is given over to lawn (real and fake) and shrubberies etc. I have a small plot of land at the side of the house which we charitably call ‘the fruit garden’

Sleipner Field in the Norwegian North Sea

The CCS Cash Cow

As part of the development of my CCS seminar I’ve been looking into the financial side of these developments. Specifically the ‘R&D’ funding provided by both the EU and the UK government for ‘commericalising’ CCS. There’s a lot of money being spent – but we still don’t have a commercial CCS project in the UK.


Zero Dimension Climate Model

You know when you think something would be straight forward to do, but the more you look into it the more you realise it is really, really difficult? I thought I could build a simple climate model to test some theories and predictions. Turns out climate models are really really complicated, and my coding skills are only slightly better than “Hello World!”. But I did find a simple zero dimension model.

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