Dec
4
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Why pyrolysis and ‘plastic to fuels’ is not a solution to the plastics problem

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Posted Dec 4 2018 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
Pyrolysis -its not the answer to our plastic problems

Energy engineer Dr Andrew Rollinson sets out the case as to why pyrolysis and ‘plastic to fuels’ is not a sustainable solution to the plastics problem. Read more …

Jan
23
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Joy in enough: awakening to a new economics

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Posted Jan 23 2018 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth

On 18th November last year there was a one-day workshop in Sheffield called “Joy in Enough – Awakening to a New Economics”. It was delivered by Green Christian who are a multi-denominational charity that have been operating for over thirty years. Read more …

Mar
10
2017
Andrew Rollinson

How the corporate goldrush for incineration, gasification and pyrolysis of waste generates more consumption, more waste and more pollution

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Posted Mar 10 2017 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth

‘When waste to energy companies propose to build incineration/gasification plants they stipulate that contracts be in place which lock-in local authorities to providing them with a fixed tonnage of waste over the lifetime of the plant (often about 25 years). Read more …

Nov
24
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Stargazers of the world unite: how seeing the Milky Way in a clear, unpolluted sky can change your life

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Posted Nov 24 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
Looking up at the Milky Way

Having grown up in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, I was 22 when I first saw the Milky Way. It wasn’t my fault; there was too much light pollution. In places such as this, you may think that on a moonless and cloudless night you can see the stars Read more …

Jul
21
2016
Andrew Rollinson

In praise of the elder tree, and how to make delicious elderberry wine really easily

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Posted Jul 21 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
elderberries

Common Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a familiar sight on railway embankments, urban waste ground, and in hedgerows. This small tree thrives in particular in the north and midlands of England, growing rapidly when cut back and giving off a discomforting dusty smell in the process, along with also being very difficult to dig up. Read more …

Feb
17
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

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Posted Feb 17 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
energy-efficiency

In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more …

Oct
13
2015
Andrew Rollinson

The price of the average wedding is now over £20k; how to do it for much less and give the finger to ‘Brides’ magazine

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Posted Oct 13 2015 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
wedding-featured

Flanked by an advert for the Ocean Club honeymoon resort in the Bahamas, with young bride and groom toasting a glass of champagne, Brides – “the UK’s number 1 bridal magazine” announces to its readers that “Planning your wedding starts here” Read more …

Apr
12
2015
Andrew Rollinson

Restoring a Victorian water wheel to generate hydro-electricity and produce local organic flour

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Posted Apr 12 2015 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
waterwheel

When building works were completed on the Queen’s Mill in 1888, it became the world’s largest water powered stone grinding flour mill. The water wheel was a 20 foot diameter piece of iron and timber Victorian engineering, large for its type and with high efficiency features. Read more …

Oct
19
2014
Andrew Rollinson

Are we ‘silenced by economic power’? Paris 2015 and the Hartwell Paper

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Posted Oct 19 2014 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
hartwell house

In December 2011, South Africa welcomed the United Nations Framing Convention on Climate Change. The host city was Durban, where a number of years before, and just after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela had Read more …

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