Jamie Andrews

How to move climate science forward

Yesterday, I watched the Ad Hoc Science and Technology Committee hearing about "The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia". This is the result of so-called "Climategate" when the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit emails were hacked. You can watch a recording ...

Is it possible to be ‘agnostic’ towards science?

I've just had the rather surreal experience of reading Simon Hoggart's column in Saturday's Guardian, in which he poses the question: "Is climate change the new faith?", with the strapline "Fanatics must stop playing fast and loose with global warming data". He goes on to describe himself as 'agnostic', and ...

Some thoughts

The extent to which we are capable of empathising with numerous cultural identities is unique to our generation. This ridiculous machine of inter-cultural contact alongside the more human day-to-day exchanges of diversity together make for a formidable narrative of heterogeneity. By that I mean that I can refer my own ...

Dear Ashley Seager

I just read this article by Ashley Seager about the rise of China and other emerging economies. This is my response. Dear Ashley, I read your article with interest. Whilst it is interesting to read a recap of the prevalent theory of capitalist growth as applied to China and the US, I ...

Who’s up for a bit of irony?

Semi-hypothetical situation: 1. Climate change caused by burning fossil fuels causes the melting of ice caps, which in turn disrupts the gulf stream, the key element of the weather system that makes Northern Europe a temperate climate. 2. Europe suffers plunging tempeartures and burns lots of fossil fuels to keep warm. 3. ...

A global cap, and financing climate justice

One of the most common chants heard on climate change protests is the need for 'climate justice now'. This is referred to across the whole spectrum of NGOs, right through to the more grassroots campaigners who have come from across Europe to protest in Copenhagen. It refers to the need ...

Focusing on finance

There's so much noise coming out of Copenhagen that it's hard to know what to focus on. Yesterday, Tuvalu put forward a key proposal that called for Copenhagen to have a binding agreement that included large developing country (China and India) cuts, in contrast to the Kyoto approach. This is an ...

My thoughts on the ‘Danish Text’ leak

Following my attendance last year at COP14 in Poland, I've been following the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate conference closely. On Sunday I'm off to Copenhagen for the final week of negotations and in advance of that, I'm going to get some of my thoughts down here. The big news on ...

Welcome to my new blog

This is the first post in my new blog. The other stuff you see below (i.e. everything that appears before today's date) is legacy stuff from other blogs I started and then abandoned, such as dealingwiththeglobalcrisis.com... I decided it was silly to (a) restrict myself to particular subject-matter or (b) attempt ...

Hello world!

OK kids this is the moment you've all been waiting for. There are children being hushed by their parents, last minute urinations tinkling in the toilet, and minds alert with vivid anticipation... that's right, I am writing the first post on my new blog. Basically the deal is this: I like ...

October 17th 2018
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Goodbye old blog

I have categorically failed to write even one single post since I committed to my writing resolution literally six years ago (in the meantime I did build and sell Loco2 so I'm not being too harsh on myself). I am now officially retiring this blog. Please head over to my new ...
July 18th 2012
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A writing resolution

As those of you who know me will know, I quite enjoy writing. For those of you who have known me for the past six years or longer, you will probably be bored of me talking about the fantastic idea for a play that I had in 2006 but have ...
August 11th 2011
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A new politics for a new era

Check out this video of an articulate young black man explaining to Boris Johnson what he believes to be the causes of the recent London riots: I agree with everything that the man says, up until the point where he solely blames foreign spending for the lack of money to spend ...
July 28th 2011
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I’ve got a fucking bag!

I recently bought the domain name ivegotafuckingbag.com. Every time I visit a shop I am massively frustrated by the fact that I am offered a bag for anything but smallest of items. Every single time I have my own bag, and I have to politely interrupt the cashier as they attempt ...
July 28th 2011
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Plastic bags: Jamie versus Tesco

I've lost the very original email, but this is the bulk of our correspondence from last year: ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jamie Andrews" Date: 19 September 2010 Subject: Customer service feedback Hi, I am writing to you because my previous contact to Tesco customer support left my enquiry basically unanswered. I wrote a considered email about the ...

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