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Does American Business Get Climate Change?

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir I posted a response recently to a paper posted by the [American based] Institute for Cultural Evolution on their … Continue reading

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Are you Happy to Eat ‘Edible Food-like Substances’?

Food just isn’t what it used to be. Back in the old days, you could buy food from the corner shop, or you’d grow it yourself. You were lucky if you had a refrigerator, so food was something you purchased … Continue reading

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The Truth of Uncertainty

It’s True, Isn’t it? Have you ever had an experience like this? Something peculiar started happening to me during my last year at university. Course by course, I suddenly began to realise that the things I was being taught were … Continue reading

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Can you Hear Me Major Tom?

Colonel Chris Hadfield became famous recently for a YouTube clip he made; what made his video so extraordinary was where he filmed it. Set against the planet Earth in the background, he played guitar and sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity … Continue reading

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What can Mandela teach us?

Nelson Mandela In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, there have been so many eulogies to the life and achievements of a great and inspiring leader and a deeply human being. What stood out to me during the many speeches … Continue reading

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This Revolution will not be Televised

To quote Albert Einstein, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” This truth has stayed with me as I’ve questioned how we create a new way forward. I’ve noticed particularly in the environmental … Continue reading

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Can a Skyscraper Feed People?

Can we construct not only another skyscraper, but a sustainable urban environment that grows food for the 21st century city dweller? Normally when I look at the new skyscrapers crowding the London skyline, I see clever design, perhaps even the … Continue reading

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Can Fungi Save our Agriculture Systems from Collapse?

It should come as no surprise that our current industrialised agricultural system is in crisis. Huge monoculture farming methods and the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilisers leave the soil gasping for life, often depleted of nutrients and unusable … Continue reading

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Audio: Designing a Resilient Transport System

In 2009, I made a series of podcasts for We Are Futureproof, a campaign group I helped create to explore the future of sustainable transport systems. In this podcast I interviewed Patrick Andrews from Riversimple all about resilience and how … Continue reading

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Newsnight Interviews Elon Musk

“Life has to be about more than just solving problems”. – Elon Musk, Newsnight 2013 I so LOVE Elon Musk. He so matter of factly states what the future will look like.  While we’d most likely listen to anyone else … Continue reading

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