A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A recent field trip along the Lower Severn Vale with a group of Landscape and Applied Ecology MSc students highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges associated with weaning ourselves off large-scale and centralised electricity generating systems. The area of interest is part of the Severn estuary between Gloucester and the old suspension bridge carrying the M48 from Aust to Chepstow.

UN Climate Conference – ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ or new approach to global commons governance?

UN Climate Conference – ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ or new approach to global commons governance?

Two developments took place during the previous year, both related to society’s capacity to deal with the management of global commons problems.
The first, the Pope’s Encyclical of 18th June 2015, which has been widely praised by environmental groups as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calls for action on climate change and for the rich to change their lifestyles to avert the destruction of the ecosystem.