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There is LOTS you can do if you want to act on climate change, and lots of great ideas that are still growing. At #FullyChargedOutside there will be oodles on the future of energy & transport (and the now). Bring your sceptical friends & show them how much is already changing. twitter.com/fullychargedsh…
At #FullyChargedOUTSIDE, there will be over 50 LIVE SESSIONS🔊Here's just ONE! TICKETS HERE➡️buff.ly/35hLwEfO Join@helenczerskii & a panel of experts at on Saturday 4th Sept.@106Euann@faradion_ukkW
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We will be online at 10am, talking about why people believe in ghosts, vampires, that Elvis isn't really dead, that octopuses can predict the football results and the huge number of other conspiracies and superstitions out there. WHY are they so hard to squash? twitter.com/cosmicshambles…
I didn't know that even NASA are getting in on electric plane development, but they are: nasa.gov/specials/X57/ Test flight in the autumn, apparently.
For those near Greenwich, the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival will start on Aug 27th & I'll be speaking briefly at the opening event that evening: festival.org/whats-on/gdif-… There will be LOTS of things going on in the following 2 weeks - worth a look if you're local.
Only 25% of us were looking at the camera when discussing the event just now but that’s probably fine, right? It must have been the excitement. The video of us listing all the amazing stuff will be up at @FullyChargedShw soon.
Fully Charged Outside is a only 2 weeks away… the BEST way to explore the latest ideas for sustainable energy & transport. There will be loads of talks, demos, company exhibits & fun, Farnborough Sept 3rd - 5th. Do come along & be inspired by the future! fullycharged.show/events/fully-c…
Fast fashion has to stop. Buy the clothes you need, but treat them like investments that are going to be with you for years. I wear clothes (on screen too) that I’ve worn regularly for years, and they’re absolutely fine. abc.net.au/news/2021-08-1…
But WHY is the 'built' environment important when thinking about a #SustainableFuture? 🤔 @helenczerskii talks to the brilliant@Mariaisasmithh in this weeks FullyChargedShow PODCAST ⏩buff.ly/2VNZOLhuD
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It's exciting that outdoor performances are starting again! If you're in or near London, the @GDIFestival in Greenwich will be starting on August 27th with lots of free performances & food for thought. I'll be speaking briefly at the opening. festival.org/gdif/
The latest episode of #OceanMatters is all about fisheries: what's actually going on, why illegal fishing happens and why it isn't simple. And most importantly, what can be done to improve things, and how quickly can things change? Spoiler alert: we CAN do better. twitter.com/Marine_Science…
If you're interested in the future of energy and transport, and all the fascinating and impressive progress that is being made, #FullyChargedOUTSIDE is for you. And if you don't believe this stuff is changing quickly, you should DEFINITELY come along, because you will be amazed. twitter.com/FullyChargedSh…
2 points on uni teaching: (a) lectures are *not* the only type of teaching. What matters is interaction with tutors & in the future that may take have other forms because they’re *better*. (b) It takes FAR FAR more time & effort to put stuff online. This is not the lazy option.
For next Sunday's @cosmicshambles Science Q&A we'll be testing whether scientific knowledge is the same when you're upside down (because Dr Karl is in Australia). Send your most random science questions, and I'm sure that between the two of us we'll have an answer. Probably. twitter.com/cosmicshambles…
Until we see ourselves as a part of the system, and a component that has to fit in with the fundamental rules of the planet - energy flows through, and stuff goes round and round - we are not going to make good long-term decisions.
There are lots of things that we need to *do* about climate change, but the most important change (and maybe the biggest challenge) is to change how we *think*. Earth is our life support system, a beautiful, complex, rich engine & our self-centred thinking is bunging it up.
Was delighted to talk to the inimitable @helenczerski about the HUGE environmental footprint of buildings and construction and what we need to do about it. Thank you for having me, @FullyChargedShw! twitter.com/helenczerski/s…
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And yes, I think it should say "sustainable", although "suitable" isn't the worst typo ever.
Today's @FullyChargedShw podcast is all about the impact of the built environment - something we don't often think about. I talked to the ace @Mariaisasmith about buildings, building materials, what we're doing & how much tech can help us do things better. youtu.be/m4B9p3fjBMg
This weekend I brought home a pile of stuff that I haven’t seen for 15 yrs, including my 1st teenage diary & my PhD thesis. The first diary entry had badminton, the environment & physics, so I guess not much has changed. I’m not sharing that, but here’s the 1st page of my thesis.
It's a grey rainy morning out there, but we have the perfect indoor activity for you: the @cosmicshambles Science Shambles is back at 10am and @robinince and I will be joined by @jonmbutterworth & @claranellist to talk about FIZZIKS. Do send your questions & tune in. twitter.com/cosmicshambles…
The person behind the counter at the post office just told me that significant amounts of domestic post are moved around the UK by plane. Does anyone know whether this is true? I can’t just find a source to confirm or deny, but it’s shocking if so cos of the carbon footprint.
Lots of noise about an increase in the domestic electricity price cap. I don’t know the details, but seems to be due to rising *fossil fuel* prices. So here is your regular reminder that renewable electricity costs less & is still getting cheaper: renewablesnow.com/news/cost-of-n…
Watching two athletes (in high jump) so happy to share the gold medal position is a beautiful thing. Sport is about people pushing each other to excel, not just individual performances, and this felt like a fair outcome to celebrate that.
Remember no LIVE show this Sunday but at 10am we will be putting out the show that was live in the field at @LatitudeFest last Sunday. A discussion around mental health during the pandemic with @helenczerski, @soozaphone and @garwboy. Will be on the #ScienceShambles podcast
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Ooh. This is fabulous: the Olympic medals are made from recycled consumer electronics. More of that! olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/…
And the same goes for those companies that tell you that you can feel good about the ethical way you present yourself by buying more stuff you don’t need. If you already have a reusable water bottle, you almost certainly don’t need another one with a “cooler” label. Grump over.
If you have to send something, make it small, universal & consumable. Yes, I could give the t-shirt to a charity shop but that’s not the point - if the company wants to help charities they can send their swag there directly. Or, better, ask the charities what they actually need.
Opened a parcel today & found the delivery came with a “free” t-shirt. We HAVE to stop this culture of automatic swag. These things aren’t “free” - they cost energy, materials & damage to the environment. Please stop “free gifts” - we need to move on from thoughtless consumerism.
This is exciting! Our next #OceanMatters podcast (out in a couple of weeks) is all about sharks and we cover shark mating still being a bit of a mystery. I'm mostly impressed that their camera stayed on the shark during breaching. theguardian.com/environment/20…
This country has taken the BBC for granted & the Olympics highlight what we’re losing. Toby Penty (same badminton club as me) just won his 2nd match & there was no way to watch w/o subscribing to Eurosport. As the BBC is diminished, so are universal experiences & shared community
Conversations about climate change need to move on from “do this, don’t do that” (although that still matters). We need to re-imagine our *identity* as part of this planet, embrace that, and then to get excited about doing things BETTER. Much more interesting, fun & productive.
If you live near London and you’re interested in olive oil, chocolate, beans and more (from small-scale growers) that have been brought from the continent by sailing ship, Sail Cargo are taking orders for the cargo they’ll bring up the Thames soon: openfoodnetwork.org.uk/sail-cargo-lon…
It’s a lovely morning to cycle the last stretch to Latitude, and @cosmicshambles are taking over a whole tent there this afternoon. I’ll be hosting events on climate & nature, mental health, and the inner workings of the human body. Do come and join us if you’re around :)
The bit @robinince didn’t foresee was the complication caused by me cycling here and therefore not arriving at the festival in the expected way. Bikes can sometimes still be quite unexpected, I find. I did get drenched by rain on the way, but that was definitely expected. twitter.com/robinince/stat…
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) are just a tiny step towards re-inventing cities & towns. We can do better at organising homes & the space in between, with cleaner air, short journeys, social space etc. It’s exciting! But we need to be open to new stuff. theguardian.com/world/2021/jul…
Footnote: if you need cheering up, I recommend going back through the long and short lists of recent book prizes and reading a random handful in close succession.
Possibly the best thing about judging a book prize is the flood of ideas, people, perspectives, brilliance & connections that are piled up on your table at the same time. Absorbing it all together is such a fantastic boost in a confusing world. Humans really can be awesome 🤩
A Wednesday afternoon puzzle (although I've been wondering about it for a while). Where has all the contact lens solution gone? It's been like this for months, online as well as in shops. You can find some here & there, but 80% of everything is "out of stock". What's going on?
A seal catching an eel is pretty exciting :) If you’re out and about by or on the Thames, do keep an eye out for seals - they’re definitely out there - and report at the link below so we can learn more about them. Also, it’s lovely to watch but don’t disturb or chase them. twitter.com/thamespathnt/s…
Now it’s possible to go past the Karman line with almost no training, as very temporary passengers to space, I’m curious about how long the flight suit “uniform” will last. Surely it can only be justified if they actually give out Star Trek costumes & someone gets to be Spock.
Particularly disappointed today that all minor respiratory bugs didn’t just go extinct during the lockdowns. After a day of very minor sniffles I’ve completely lost my voice. Hmph! So no #scienceshambles for me today, but do send your Qs on primates & join at 10am for As :) twitter.com/cosmicshambles…
I think that this is one of the most important plots for understanding carbon budgets (note that the y-axis starts at 200). The soil & ocean are doing us a HUGE favour, & there's a big question over how much they will keep doing it. We need to protect them to keep that benefit.
Left: carbon input since 1850. Right: where it went. A HUGE amount of carbon is taken up by land & ocean, helping reduce what's in the air. That's why the Amazon news matters: we must protect sinks that are helping remove C as well as not burning stuff. Image: @gcarbonproject
You can't have an ocean podcast without talking about sharks at least once, so we did. They're not monsters and they are fascinating and there is a surprising amount that we still don't know about them. You can find the link to subscribe to #OceanMatters below :) twitter.com/Marine_Science…
The problem with finally getting to disappear deep into the Science burrow after a year of being kept away from it (due to teaching) is that it's very hard to extract myself. The urge to find out what happens next is really strong. I wouldn't leave my desk unless I had to eat.
And yes, they did find a very manic-looking photo of me. And no, I don't know why either. Although maybe I do just always look like that and no-one's ever told me...
If you're curious about electric vehicles (inc unicycles & e-bikes), or where electricity will come from in the future, or just what a sustainable future looks like, do come and join us at #FullyChargedOutside in September. It'll be fascinating & varied & outside & safe. Do come! twitter.com/FullyChargedSh…
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