Rank #1: Planet B
- Plan B.Earth and why another group is out to sue the government
- No fracking in Scotland
- Why London’s mayor is putting out fires
- Energy from evaporation
- Electric planes
- More on drinking straws
- Why the diesel market is all at sea
- Let’s bring back heavy metal
- And Drawdown. Is this the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming?
Oct 06 2017
Rank #2: Rare Earth...
Just one topic this week. Rare earth metals and elements are crucial to our electronic devices, which these days are in everything from phones and computers to cookers and cars. I recently attended a lecture on this and then tracked down the speaker, Dr Alice Courvoisier, in a coffee shop. She explained how the process of extraction and use of these materials has wide-ranging consequences for us all.
Jul 05 2019
Rank #3: The Carrington Event
In this last episode for 2018 I report how COP24 finally concluded an agreement, but loose ends remain to be tied at COP25 next year. I investigate the story of a scientific phenomenon from 1859, and discover what it could do to us if it happened again.
Dec 21 2018
Rank #4: Making Policy
This week it's all about policy, about energy policy, about policies to combat climate change. There's an interview, too, with Hal Harvey, author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. And some electrifying news about transport.
Oct 26 2018
Rank #5: Sustainable Energy
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Professor Andy Heyes talk on sustainable energy. He's agreed to share his thoughts with listeners to the Sustainable Futures Report. We spoke about renewables, wind, tidal and solar. We looked at innovative ways of managing demand. We discussed whether Drax is really green. Listen now or read the transcript.
If you’ve been to the patreon site at patreon.com/sfr you’ll know that I’ve set a number of targets. The first was to get all interviews transcribed for the blog. I haven’t reached that target yet but I thought that this interview was too important to miss, so there is a transcript at www.anthonyday.blogspot.com.
Jun 16 2017
Rank #6: Feedback
I've had more feedback than ever this week as you'll hear. Also in this week’s episode: climate failures and climate lies, a big price for small reactors, don't paint the town red – paint it green, and how should we keep it warm? News from Smart Cities World, from the IPCC and a follow-up on some of the issues covered last time.
Oct 05 2018
Rank #7: Outlook Stormy
So what's new and sustainable?
This week it’s about Our Ocean and the Prince and the plastic bottles, billions of them. More about plastic straws, too. Could the wind be changing? Had you heard that the war is over? That’s the American war on coal. It seems the EPA is fighting a rearguard action. In Siberia they’re using wood - too much of it by all accounts. And they’d rather you went away. Probably a good idea in case you fall down a sinkhole. On the way down you’ll pass the methane - that highly potent greenhouse gas - coming up.
What can we do about all this? Not a lot, but not nothing either. I’ll share some ideas. And talking of sharing, where’s your nearest community fridge? Community what? Community fridge. Listen up and learn more.
Text and links at sustainablefutures.report
Oct 13 2017
Rank #8: Where's the Beef?
I mentioned last time that Julia Hartley Brewer of Talk Radio wanted to know what I thought about the decision of Goldsmith College to ban beef. And then Talk Radio rang me again and asked if I’d talk to Mike Graham about Elton John, flying Royals and carbon offsets. You've got two for the price of one!
Aug 23 2019
Rank #9: Next Week
Who knows what will happen next week? By the time you hear this you'll know far more than me. For the moment I'm just going to talk about re-wilding the countryside, global warming in Canada, what engineer I K Brunel thought about pollution, the downside of banning throwaway coffee cups, the future for gas home heating, the Lancet’s Countdown, naming and shaming some plastic polluters, coal-fired power plants and cleaning up the National Grid, air quality in London and regenerative farming.
But not necessarily in that order.
Apr 12 2019
Rank #10: Thinking Aloud
We need to do something about climate change. David Attenborough says so. Extinction Rebellion says so. Kids are coming out of school on Friday to say so. We need to do more. Business needs to do more. The government needs to do much more.
I'm trying not to shout, but it's important.
Feb 15 2019
Rank #11: Tick Tock
Today is Friday, 20th September, the day of the global climate strike..
Also this week I'm talking about why scientists need to speak up and about those that do. The weather forecast is extreme. I bring you news of nuclear from Normandy, of VW from Australia, of living in a cardboard box and explain why I’m going nuts about packaging.
Sep 20 2019
Rank #12: Plastic
This week's episode is all about plastic.
Oct 12 2018
Rank #13: More Plastic Rubbish
In this episode I talk about more plastic rubbish, about energy, about politicians and about Brexit. I also mention industrial-scale fly-tipping, what to do with your empty Pringles can and a new Circular Economy initiative.
Special thanks to Eleanor Rogers for extensive information on plastic.
Nov 02 2018
Rank #14: Extra, extra!
I know, I know. I said the Sustainable Futures Report would be monthly from now on but there's just so much going on. Energy, climate change, reverse vending and what's a Hyperloop? And I've been on Talk Radio again- this time with Mike Graham.
Jul 27 2018
Rank #15: All at Once
It’s like buses. You wait for climate change activists and then several thousand suddenly turn up at once. Apart from that, I'm going to tell you about the future of insects, views on climate change denial, more about glyphosate, some thoughts on population, and a new entry to Europe's top10 polluters.
Apr 05 2019
Rank #16: Finding the Future from the Past
Following on from last week’s episode there’s news from Hinkley C, and unsurprisingly it’s bad news.
I spoke to Julia Hartley Brewer on Talk Radio this week about Labour's 30-year zero carbon target. You can judge for yourself how well I did. This is the week of another United Nations climate conference and I’ll talk briefly about that. Do stay on to the end. I’ll play out with a new track by John Dassieu called “Try the Greens”.
First of all though, let's hear from archaeologist Dr Chris Fisher on how new techniques can help us deal with the climate crisis.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #17: Welcome Back
The Sustainable Futures Report is back with a review of Al Gore’s latest film, wildfires in unexpected places, earth overshoot day, hydrogen in a Belgian supermarket and a bright idea from Nottingham Trent University. Well done, Dylan, but will it wash? Don’t forget to sign up for the Going Green Working Group Conference 2017. Links to all this and more at www.sustainablefutures.report.
Sep 01 2017
Rank #18: Reaching for the Stars
Time to mine the asteroids for scarce resources or should we be developing a circular economy closer to home? Or is space travel for holidays? Virgin Galactica passengers have paid their $250,000 fares but have been waiting in the departure lounge now for some years. Meanwhile, back on earth the future’s electric (should I buy a new car?) inner-city vertical farms are starting to deliver locally-grown food, at least in New York, and a succession of tropical storms and hurricanes is surely making climate denial ever harder. Pack up your troubles - but not in a plastic bag. At least not in the country that could fine you £30,000. All this and more in the latest Sustainable Futures Report.
Sep 08 2017
Rank #19: Tipping Point
Have a Swedish schoolgirl, a naturalist in his 90s and a civil disobedience campaign in the streets of London finally led people to realise that the climate is in crisis and that it affects us all?
Apr 26 2019
Rank #20: How Smart is your Smart Meter?
This week I'll tell you about my PhD research into smart meters and why I’m not doing it any more. I did learn quite a lot as I shall explain later. OPEC tells us that they expect oil production to rise dramatically in the next five years, so if that's true I presume we can kiss goodbye to the Paris agreement. Why not avoid oil and buy an electric car? We ordered one last week. Unlike other electric car owners we won't be taking it to the Middle East. Why would we? Listen on and you’ll find out. The answer to heating British homes and indeed homes in other countries could lie in the coal mines. But it has nothing to do with coal. First of all though, let's talk about sustainability and survival. Specifically about the survival of food plants on earth...
Sep 28 2018