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Draft Book Proposal for “Saving Our Bacon”

h1 Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Strategy Elements for a Global Transition to working within Environmental Limits

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On Evolution, Asperger’s and Sustainability

h1 Friday, July 1st, 2011

It came to me in a dream this morning.  We have evolved to recognise and respond appropriately to threats.  Those who did not are no longer with us.  How this relates to Asperger’s and Sustainability I’ll get to at the end of this article.

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Series of Tubes

h1 Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Introduction

One of my distractions for the past couple of years has been playing Series of Tubes. This is a networking puzzle gadget by Wei-Hwa Huang that can be be added to a Google personalised home page.

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10 Actions to Save the Planet

h1 Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Here are 10 actions to save the Planet. Read the rest of this entry

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Taking Responsibility for Sustainability

h1 Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
You cannot outsource responsibility; responsibility is something one must take oneself. By admitting that things could be better, that a change is needed, one can become part of the change, can become physically and emotionally invested in seeing the change happen and to ensuring its success.
Yet Green CO2, commenting on the recent launch of their green travel service for business, claims that the scheme, “provides employers with a CSR programme at no cost”.
The scheme itself is a good one. Providing “perks for the unperked employee”, it facilitates employees to save up to 35 per cent on the lease of a car and up to 50 per cent off travel by bus or the purchase of a bicycle, using tax relief and reductions in NI contributions. Getting people out of old, polluting cars and either into newer, more efficient ones or – even better – onto bikes or public transport is unarguably positive.
But the notion that Green CO2 can provide Corporate Social Responsibility to someone else is wrong. If every organisation taking part in Green CO2’s scheme, having signed on the dotted line, sat back on their laurels and said “well, that’s our CSR taken care of” it would be nothing short of a disaster for the planet.
Employee travel is just one aspect of the overall impact a business has on the environment. All organisations need to examine their complete environmental footprint and this will involve logistics, emissions, product design, sourcing of raw materials, HR, accounting and more. Only by taking responsibility for every aspect of their own activity can a company step beyond what amounts to token CSR gestures and transition towards true, profitable, ecological sustainability.
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You cannot outsource responsibility; responsibility is something one must take oneself. By admitting that things could be better, that a change is needed, one can become part of the change, can become physically and emotionally invested in seeing the change happen and to ensuring its success.

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Bridging the Gap

h1 Friday, August 7th, 2009

High street retailer GAP released their fourth social responsibility report last week. Outlining the measures the company is taking to “make their clothes more sustainable” and to foster “a culture that supports responsible business practices”, the report is available online only and contains an impressive list of goals and progress against those goals. Read the rest of this entry

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Food Security and Sustainability

h1 Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Today the UK Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have published their report on Securing food supplies up to 2050: the challenges faced by the UK.
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Taming Office 2007

h1 Sunday, January 18th, 2009

A few months ago I installed Office 2007 and became totally unproductive.

After a short while I started looking for anyway to setup Office 2007 with the classic User Interface that Office had had up until Office 2003.
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Taming Vista – Default Folder Views

h1 Sunday, January 18th, 2009

This is the first in a number of posts on how to tame Vista.
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‘Fish Technology’ for Severn Estuary?

h1 Monday, December 1st, 2008

In ‘Fish technology’ draws renewable energy from slow water currents the University of Michigan News Service describe a machine called VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy).

VIVACE has also been featured recently as “Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists” by Jasper Copping of the Daily Telegraph.

The main benefits of VIVACE are that it works in lower speed currents than turbines and requires less area than wave power machines.

As well as the noted benefits, VIVACE would likely be a more cost effective, and less environmentally damaging means of extracting energy from tides in the Severn Estuary than a tidal barrage.

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