Essays

Everyday geoengineering: five climate change innovations from Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future

From the return of the airship to a new age of solar-powered sail Robinson’s latest climate fiction previews the technologies we may – before too much longer – be using in the real world.

Seeking space and light: a review of Kate Soper’s Post-Growth Living

My review of a new book arguing that the case for moving to a sustainable economic model should use the language of desire rather than sacrifice

Learning Ursula Le Guin’s Pravic: can we think without language?

What comes first, thought or language? Some notes on the philosophy of language with reference to Le Guin’s great science fiction novel The Dispossessed.

The polluters pay — including us: a programme for getting to Net Zero

Dieter Helm’s latest energy transition manifesto puts a carbon tax at the centre of a programme for navigating the path to a carbon-neutral economy

‘Ecological Leninism’: on waging war against the common cause of corona and the climate crisis

A ferocious polemic by Andreas Malm summons the imagery of Soviet war communism to impress the urgency of acting against the runaway extraction that links corona and climate

People’s Power: taking control of the energy transition

A new book by Ashley Dawson argues that only public control can stop the drift and steer the world towards sustainability

The Economics of Oil and Gas

A review of a new book providing a helpful reference guide to the complex economics of the hydrocarbons sector

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another Planet

A review of Sarah Stewart Johnson’s lyrical reflection on the hopes and fears generations of observers have projected onto the red planet

Boreholes, bottles and black alders: what will be left of us a million years from now

What traces of our energy infrastructure will be discernable in the far future? – a review of David Farrier’s Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils