Our Uncertain Future

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Welcome to my personal blog covering my adventures in and opinions on homesteading/smallholding, self-sufficiency, climate change and related issues.

Trevor Larkum, January 2020

UK average temperature rises as GHG emissions fall by only 2%

The Office for National Statistics’ latest Climate Change insights data has revealed that 2023 has been a “warmer than average” year as consumption-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fall by only 2% from 2018. According to the paper, UK provisional mean temperatures for January and February 2023 were 1.7 degrees Celsius above the 2020 average. As

UK ‘strikingly unprepared’ for impacts of climate crisis

The UK is “strikingly unprepared” for the impacts of the climate crisis, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), which said there had been a “lost decade” in efforts to adapt for the impacts of global heating. The CCC, the government’s official climate adviser, said climate damages will inevitably intensify for decades to come. It has warned repeatedly of poor preparation in

More death spirals begin to spin

An economic death spiral occurs when a system loses critical mass.  For example, the UK’s energy death spiral – which is reaching its crisis phase – is the result of rising energy costs creating an involuntary loss of demand across the system.  In part, businesses and households engage in energy-saving and conservation methods to lower their demand.

UK ‘chronically’ underspending on climate change adaptation, warns watchdog

More money needs to be spent on projects such as climate-proofing infrastructure like railways and roads, improving flood defences and increasing drainage, says the climate adaptation committee. The risks of heatwaves, droughts, flooding and failing critical infrastructure are increasing in the UK due to global warming, but the government has been too slow in acting

Solar panels and other renewables on people’s homes, better insulation and a ‘smart’ electricity grid provide solutions to climate and energy crises – Dylan Ryan

Recent events have highlighted the folly of over-reliance on imported oil and gas. However, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of this knowledge so that it disappears once priorities change, like a passing fad. A long-term commitment to a transition away from fossil fuels is necessary. More than half of the UK’s energy

World close to ‘irreversible’ climate breakdown, warn major studies

Key UN reports published in last two days warn urgent and collective action needed – as oil firms report astronomical profits The climate crisis has reached a “really bleak moment”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has said, after a slew of major reports laid bare how close the planet is to catastrophe. Collective

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