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On the 26th of July, the Centre for Alternative Technology celebrated a truly momentous occasion as it handed over 40 years worth of documents, photos and oral history interviews to the National Library of Wales. The magnificent library building is situated in Aberystwyth overlooking Cardigan Bay. Stunning views, a  sunny day and real excitement marked the event which included speakers from CAT and the National Library, performances and exhibitions of materials. Over 90 oral history interviews, hundreds of documents and publications, approximately 1000 photographs... Read More ››

Hottest April, May and June on record – the heat is on and it’s early

By Ranyl Rhydwen, Senior Lecturer on MSc Sustainability and Adaptation – CAT’s brand new masters degree starting in September 2014. April, May and June 2014 all hottest since records began June 2014 has been reported as being the hottest June since records began in 1891 by the Japanese Meteorological society, 3rd hottest by NASA and hottest by NOAA – data released today. This follows on from April and May 2014, being the hottest or equal hottest since reliable records... Read More ››

Want to eat a healthy and sustainable diet? Ask Laura.

Today, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) launches a new web tool – Laura’s Larder – designed to help you figure out how to eat healthily for you, and the planet. The first of its kind, the tool allows you to put in what you eat, and shows what the nutritional qualities and deficits are, and what impact it has on the global environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It then makes some suggestions for improvement, allowing you... Read More ››

Politicians opposing wind farms ‘a turn-off’ say voters – time for a positive vision

New independent research from ComRes – commissioned by RenewableUK – shows that political parties that oppose onshore wind development are likely to lose twice as many votes as they gain. In the 40 most marginal Lab-Con constituencies that margin doubles, with parties opposing onshore wind losing four times more voters than they attract. The research chimes with our experience at the Centre for Alternative Technology, which is that where a positive vision is presented, people respond positively to it.... Read More ››

Why I’m an environmentalist. Interview with Adrian Ramsay, new CEO of CAT.

What a beautiful day to welcome Adrian Ramsay, who today takes up his post as our new Chief Executive. In an interview with Paul Allen, Adrian shares his thoughts on CAT’s evolving role in climate change solutions. Paul Allen: What was it that first gave you an interest in green issues? Adrian Ramsay: I first remember learning about green issues as a child through programmes like Blue Peter and Newsround. I badgered my parents to get low-energy light bulbs and use unleaded... Read More ››

New discovery trail and children’s activities for visitors centre

Summer holiday activities CAT has a new Zero Carbon Britain discovery trail giving visitors an engaging new way of exploring the site. The new trail explore Zero Carbon Britain, CAT’s positive vision for a future Britain that doesn’t cause climate change. The Discovery trail, suitable for adults and families,  includes twenty-five new permanent display boards and a ‘Getting to Zero’ game. The trail will be available for visitors to enjoy throughout the summer holidays, alongside children’s activities run every... Read More ››

Cooperative housing and low carbon research – lessons from the US

This is the fifth instalment in a series of blogs by Paul Allen as he travels across the USA talking with numerous grassroots groups about CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research project. The first blog explains the purpose of the trip and the second blog details his time in Boston, in the third blog Paul was in Ohio and for the fourth he was in Utah. Now Paul is in San Francisco, where he visits Stanford University and the ‘Magic’ Community.  Visiting Stanford University My research... Read More ››

Recent research on sea level rise and climate change – what you need to know

Ranyl Rhydwen, a lecturer in CAT’s Graduate school of the Environment on the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment, drills into the science of sea level rises and looks into the future. First posted by Sustain Magazine: Post by Centre for Alternative Technology. Humanity has already introduced enough CO2 into the atmosphere to raise the earth’s temperature by 4-6°C. This heat is being added at a rate approximately 300 times faster than when the earth’s ice sheets previously melted; past melt rates are... Read More ››

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