In a recent article from the Open Access journal Nature Communications, authors Yann Robiou du Pont & Malte Meinshausen describe the global warming outcomes from the emission pledges made by most of the world at COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. They have created models that detail what type of world we would … More How much has the country you live in pledged for the climate?
Rule 3 of the Norwegian environmental code is to “Fix Everything, Always.” I have been trying to fix as much as possible of my things where possible before considering replacing them. It isn’t stated, but also should really apply to preventative maintenance too. Some things will be fixed by the producer (particularly those products made … More The great spare parts drought
Norway has long been the European country with the most domestic flights. This is not so strange when one considers how geographically isolated it is, it’s length, difficult topography, distributed population and wealth. But the Norwegian NGO Framtiden i våre hender (Future in our hands) has compiled some rather shocking statistics placing Norway in relation … More The Oslo-Trondheim example of rail vs plane
It is a pretty legitimate question in this day and age. The Earth is under unprecedented stresses from its human population. Earth Overshoot Day in 2017 was on August 2nd (the day each year we use up the annual output of renewable resources produced by the planet). Temperatures are on the rise (this visualisation by … More When will we reach peak stuff?
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to speak at Trondheim’s monthly Green Drinks meeting. I was asked to talk a bit about cycling without going too deep into the technicalities of my research (although my topic is thankfully quite tangible so it could have touched on this). I thought that given … More Cycling debates and putting human-oriented space on the political agenda
My friend and former colleague Clara has kindly agreed to write a guest blog post about one of her recent train trips and her new year’s resolution. Here’s what she had to say. Hi! My name is Clara and I am a former colleague of Ray’s. I also share Ray’s concern about environmental issues, and … More Baby on board – train travel with an infant (guest blog post)
I have flown a lot. That’s the main cause of my personal carbon footprint being so high. I have made quite a number of little changes to my lifestyle to try and reduce this, but it remains a dominant part of the footprint for many Norwegians and Europeans (probably most developed countries in general). But … More What is ‘normal’? Air travel habits of Norwegians and Europeans
I made a new year’s resolution in January last year to buy no more than one new thing a month (or 12 things in the year). Like many new year’s resolutions, the intention was to give myself a challenge. I challenged myself to reduce my personal consumption – and to really think about whether I need the … More Wrapping up 2016’s new year’s resolution to buy less
From turning off the lights at work to using mother nature as your fridge in winter, there are many many ways of saving electricity. For the good of your pocket and the environment. … More Energy saving opportunities everywhere
By the end of this year I will have taken 10 ‘long’ train trips. I have defined long trips to be those that are possible to fly with non-charter aircraft (often not so long). Unlike 2015, I didn’t take any other means of slow travel. The trips look like this: This is the equivalent … More My slow travel in 2016 (by train)