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Get a deep understanding of what achieving Zero Carbon Britain means

Dates have been announced for short courses on Zero Carbon Britain in 2015. Following a successful course this year with 15 participants from diverse environmental projects and grassroots campaigns, we will be running two courses during 2015. The first is a weekend course running from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th February The second course takes two nights during the week: Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th September.  The courses offer an in-depth introduction to CAT’s latest Zero Carbon Britain research, a robust,... Read More ››

New Carbon Accounting Tool Released

Aubrey Meyer developer of the framework known as Contraction and Convergence launched a new carbon accounting tool at the Centre for Alternative Technology. The new educational resource, CBAT (short for the Carbon Budget Accounting Tool) brings to life a process of ‘Contraction and Convergence’ which helps the user explore the potential of global climate deals that are do-able safe and fair, ending up with roughly equal global rights per capita to emit. The CBAT tool helps  understand this process... Read More ››

Top 5 courses for christmas presents

Looking for a different kind of gift for the person who has everything or wants nothing? Fire their enthusiasm with a course they won’t have seen before. Here are our top Christmas present picks for 2014 from our huge range of short courses: 1. Be a Horselogger for a day 28-Feb or 1 March / £70 2. Build a pizza Earth Oven 28-Mar or 2nd May  – £60 3. Rustic Furniture Making 04-Apr  / £60 4. Make a Wind chime or Xylophone 02-May  / £60 5.... Read More ››

The stakes are tropospheric; Why the Lima climate talks are so important.

The climate talks have opened in Peru,  their aim is to lay the foundation for an agreement in Paris and the stakes could not be higher. 195 countries are meeting to lay the groundwork for a new global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The stakes are tropospheric, and far clearer now than when Kyoto was negotiated. High tide floods are becoming common across the coastal U.S. Greenhouse gases are making seas hotter and more acidic. Climate change is clearly amping heat waves, which are fueling wildfires.... Read More ››

The sun shines on Mynydd Gorddu Windfarm.

The sun shines on Mynydd Gorddu Windfarm.     Yesterday the REBE (Renewable Energy and the Built Environment) students were taken to visit Mynydd Gorddu Wind Farm located near Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion, West Wales and given a tour by the site manager. As a media volunteer I get to document all the interesting excursions students make, and so I thanked the weather gods for a sunny day, pulled on my long johns and packed my camera. After bumpy ride down... Read More ››

Is the world about to agree on net-zero carbon emissions?

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message”- “Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.” UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, attending what he described as an “historic” report launch earlier this month.  This week the United Nations has released the most important assessment of global warming yet and warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and quickly. The report also makes it clear that rather than falling, carbon emissions, mainly from burning coal, oil and... Read More ››

What is it like starting a new masters degree in renewable energy?

Toby Whiting, domestic energy assessor and new student on the MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course at CAT reports on his introductory week.  Looking back on the introductory half of the first module there has been a lot to take in! Meeting lecturers and other students on the course was re-assuring and surprising; the lecturers all have good levels of knowledge and practical experience (I have paid for some courses in the past where the trainers taught... Read More ››

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