The man who pays his way
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Sunday 03 January 2010
Michael Rea, 64, and his wife Dot retired to the Shetland island of Unst in 2001 and now live in a zero-carbon house. In the past year, the couple have lived near off-grid, with heating costs of just 50p a day for their 180sq m home in the most northerly part of the British Isles
Sunday 13 December 2009
Technological solutions to global warming which propose blocking sunlight ("The power of 10", 6 December) are a dangerous delusion.
Thursday 03 December 2009
Outlook For those who mistrust the UK's biggest energy companies' attitude to their customers, the roll-out of smart meters to every home in the UK will ring alarm bells. The Government said yesterday that energy suppliers would have to pay to install all those meters – at a typical cost of £340 per household – but also that it would not stop them recouping the money from customers.
Saturday 17 October 2009
One of the world's first dedicated ski lifts was a very green machine. It operated in Germany's Black Forest in the early 20th century and was powered by the local water mill. A century later, ski lifts are going back to renewable energy.
Thursday 10 September 2009
Google is disappointed with the lack of breakthrough investment ideas in the green technology sector but the company is working to develop its own new mirror technology that could reduce the cost of building solar thermal plants by a quarter or more.
Sunday 30 August 2009
Saturday 29 August 2009
Until now, householders have lavished large sums on solar panels to help the planet rather than themselves. Scientists are concerned that climate change will plunge hundreds of millions of people into hunger, provoke mass migrations, and cause increased storminess, flooding and extreme heat in the UK.
Tuesday 25 August 2009
Sunday 02 August 2009
All new technologies carry risk. That is true of benign new technologies as well as the old industrial sort. This paper's report on the potential health hazards of wind turbines, generators of eco-friendly wind power, will be unwelcome for many environmentalists and indeed for the Government, which for entirely creditable reasons is committed to a great increase in their number. But a new book by a New York paediatrician, Dr Nina Pierpont, on which our report is based and which draws on international studies, ought not to be ignored.
Sunday 02 August 2009
Tuesday 21 July 2009
The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, already under threat from rising seas caused by global warming, has vowed to do its part for climate change by fueling its economy entirely from renewable sources by 2020.
Friday 26 June 2009
A solar-powered plane its inventor hopes will lead to a non-stop round the world flight was unveiled today.
Sunday 21 June 2009
From solar-powered chalets to yurts with iPod docks a new breed of chic festival digs offer an alternative to the humble tent
Thursday 11 June 2009
Anybody who's spent a weekend in a field sipping warm lager and leaping about to The Verve will be only too familiar with the downside of festivals. The tent. If it's sunny outside, it's clammy inside. If it rains, leaks are guaranteed. Smears of mud, spilled bottles of Magners and and poisonous sleeping bags can turn the average nylon shelter into a no-go area.
Sunday 22 March 2009
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let’s see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn