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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 […]

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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