A geeky argument for equality

Suppose you accept the idea of the singularity, that we’ll pretty soon come to a point where machine intelligence equals and then surpasses human intelligence (or if not pretty soon, then at some point in the future if we don’t first destroy ourselves), what would the consequences of that be? Who would be running the […]

What is green energy?

This term gets used a lot in stats: how much of our energy is green? How much of Denmark’s or Germany’s or China’s or France’s? It depends what you consider green. Most people would I think imagine that green energy means renewables. If a company said it invested in green energy projects, would you be […]

Emotion vs. rationalism in the US presidential election

I watched the most frightening panorama programme I’ve ever seen just now  on the possibility of Donald Trump becoming president. Hillary Clinton may have many flaws but I think she’s very much the one on the side of rationalism in this election. Trump could become the most powerful person in the world ffs and what can […]

Labels

People get too hung up on labels. They have two say they’re a libertarian or a socialist or an environmentalist. Or a dark green or a deep green, a geeky green or an ecomodernist. It’s like clothing that you put on because you like the way it makes you look. For some people it’s cool […]

Why do greens oppose fracking?

I suppose the question most greens would ask is why would anyone in their right mind be in favour of fracking? Haven’t they heard of climate change? (And perhaps some young greens, whilst agreeing with the sentiment, would suggest we shouldn’t use the term right mind as that’s a slur on the mentally ill (And […]

Postcard from COP21

Dear Readers I hope you’re both well. It’s a nice warm sunny day here in Paris, from where the big news is that there’s a significant push to increase the ambition and limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees rather than 2 degrees, which would probably make today’s weather here in Paris illegal. The […]

Thoughts on the train to Paris

Not sure why I’m going. The climate talks are happening, but I don’t suppose I’ll be able to get into any of the events. I’m not planning on standing outside demonstrating either, and I think demonstrations are banned here anyway. The people inside know there are people who care about climate change. They also know […]

Nuclear energy? An African perspective

Ntogo tells me that at the recent Green conference he attended in Matabeleland there were fisticuffs between the pro- and anti-nuclear factions. The pro-nuclear attendees, led by two Finnish authors, initiated the turmoil by throwing chairs at the Chair, whom they accused of being in the pay of his anti-nuclear overlords, the Bodongo brothers. The […]

Change it climb

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, was pronouncing recently on climate change, as was the Pope. Little-known fact: The Pope prefers his title to be pronounced in the manner of Inspector Clouseau – ie Perp.  (This leads to some confusion amongst American crimefighters, for whom “perp” means perpetrator (of a crime)). Carney opined […]

Greens

What worries me about greens is that when you eat them the flavour that they release and the texture are both icky beyond description. I mean, I’d just as soon eat the spoon.