The plastic plague

Plastics were a boon when they were first developed, like many technologies, but they have quickly become a plastic plague on the environment. Plastics were the wonder material of the twentieth century. It’s hard to believe that Bakelite, the first true man-made plastic, was synthesised in 1907, just over a century ago. [...]

Coppicing wood

Coppicing wood is a method of sustainable woodland management used for millennia to provide wood resources. Wood is a natural and versatile resource that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. It is a carbon neutral fuel resource if it is regrown. Coppicing takes advantage of the fact [...]

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner? Global trade will only work until cheap fossil fuels run out. This is definitely [...]