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Inside the Ringhals Plant, Sweden

By |2022-01-21T09:33:32+00:0018 Jan 2022|Categories: Films|Tags: |

Nuclear has earned its badge as the most controversial power source. Major accidents, such a Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi, are ‘burnt into’ our collective memory. Yet the urgent need to avert global climate change is putting it back on the global agenda.

Splitting radioactive atoms – typically Plutonium and Uranium – triggers an explosive chain reaction. The two BIG questions that tend to put people in ‘pro’ or ‘con’ camps are: a) how well is that reaction […]

It’s high time to talk about high consumers

By |2022-01-20T14:39:00+00:0017 Jan 2022|Categories: Blog & More, Blogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University, UK 

As the dust settles on COP26 and the climate crisis deepens, it’s a good time to explore a topic that arises whenever such events trigger a concentration wealthy people traveling via private jets.

Champagne flutes Plotted vertically and horizontally, data tracking income and CO2 emissions […]

Inside the SYVAV Plant in Malmö, Sweden

By |2022-01-21T09:13:29+00:0028 Dec 2021|Categories: Films|Tags: |

With mountains of stuff we throw away literally ‘going to waste’ in landfills – where it emits greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global climate change – some countries are turning to garbage as another source of energy.

By incinerating waste from households, businesses and industry, SYSAV supplies both district heating and electricity to local communities in southern Sweden. After decades of operation, the locals also enjoy the benefits […]

The humanitarian atom

By |2022-01-15T17:34:35+00:0024 Dec 2021|Categories: Blog & More, Blogs|

By John C. H. Lindberg FRSA

Imagine that I told you that scientists had recently developed a virtually endless energy source, available around-the-clock and irrespective of weather or season, that also had a small footprint. In fact, just a few kilograms of this fuel would be enough to power your entire lifespan, all while being affordable and not emitting climate-altering greenhouse gases (GHG) or life-threatening air pollution.

Thanks to peat, there is heat

By |2021-12-27T20:02:42+00:0028 Sep 2021|Categories: Blog & More, Oral Histories|

Arnie* and Astrid,* Sweden “It was very cold. The house was in bad shape — but that’s just how it was.”

Arnie and Astrid refer to being statare, which refers to contract-workers in Swedish agriculture who, contrary to other farmhands, were expected to be married, and were provided with a simple dwelling for their family. Instead of eating at the servants’ table, they were often paid in kind with foodstuff.

‘Piggy-backing’ for heat and hot water

By |2021-12-27T20:03:58+00:0028 May 2021|Categories: Blog & More, Oral Histories|

John, UK : “I’ve never again been in that situation where I’ve had a piece of kit that cantankerous.”

Q: Do you remember your house being cold or warm as a child?

A: We could get by without the central heating as we lived in a fairly warm part of Northern Ireland. There was virtually no frost … a very mild climate in which you can lift spuds in February and March.

Also, with our […]

A dirty chore for a young girl

By |2021-12-27T20:04:13+00:0019 May 2021|Categories: Blog & More, Oral Histories|

Elaine, UK : “Even at 8 years old, my job was to shovel coal dumped in the yard into the basement; usually, the delivery was 1 metric tonne.”

Q: Were you directly involved in ‘managing’ household energy?

A: When I was about 8 years old, If I got home from school when the coal had been dropped, I had to get it into the coalhouse before mum and dad got home from work. […]

Remembering morning chills

By |2021-12-27T20:04:20+00:0004 May 2021|Categories: Blog & More, Oral Histories|

David, UK: “Every single morning, the curtains would be dripping with condensation and puddles would form on the windowsill.”

Q: Did your family keep the house warm?

A: I’m not sure that they tried to keep it is warm as possible; actually, I don’t think they did.

Q: Was it a question of not being able to afford to?

A: You don’t really know the family finances are when you’re that age, but I doubt it […]

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