How much has the country you live in pledged for the climate?

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?

The great spare parts drought

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

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The Oslo-Trondheim example of rail vs plane

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

Cycling debates and putting human-oriented space on the political agenda

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

Baby on board – train travel with an infant (guest blog post)

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)

What is ‘normal’? Air travel habits of Norwegians and Europeans

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