Earlier this season, Tottenham Hotspur took on Chelsea in what was billed as the world’s first net-zero carbon football game. All emissions associated with the match were reduced as far as possible by, for example, using clean electricity and transportation methods. The remainder was ‘offset’ by planting trees to soak up an equivalent level of… Read More Football financing, energy, and climate change
This page is an English-language virtual field trip to Yubari City in Hokkaido, Japan. Yubari is a town in south-central Hokkaido, with a population of just over 7,000 people as of early 2022. Yubari is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world as a former coal-mining city, which has suffered notable population decline and financial… Read More Yubari Virtual Field Trip
This article appeared in the Christmas and New Year double programme for Raith Rovers’ games versus Queen of the South (26 December) and Dunfermline Athletic (2 January). The Queen of the South game was postponed, and the Dunfermline game finished 0-0. Still no goals from open play. Oil, gas and coal may be bad for… Read More Strip mining: coal heritage meets modern-day football shirts
This article was published in the Raith Rovers matchday programme for the game against Kilmarnock on Saturday 11 December. Rovers won 1-0. Last season, while we were all watching the games from our laptops, we had a predictions competition in our WhatsApp group chat. I was useless and came last, but one game I did… Read More Winds of change?
This article was published in the Raith Rovers matchday programme for the game against Greenock Morton on Saturday 20 November. Rovers won 2-1, and have not scored from open play since in the league (as of 5 Jan 2021). If you’ve followed the news, you’ll know the United Nations Climate Change Conference – also known… Read More Good COP, Bad COP? Climate change and Raith Rovers’ international links
For the next few months, along with colleagues from Kyoto University and Kyushu University, I’m going to be leading a British Academy-funded project on just transitions in Japan. The start of the project is timely, as it coincides with the conclusion of COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact. One of the big talking points at… Read More What might the Glasgow Climate Pact mean for a just transition in Japan?
This article appeared in Rovers Review – the Raith Rovers matchday programme – on Saturday 30 October. Final score on the day was Raith Rovers 2-1 Ayr United One of the revelations at Stark’s Park over the last few seasons has been our pitch. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in being apprehensive at the prospect… Read More Pitch Perfect
This article appeared in Rovers Review – the Raith Rovers matchday programme – on Saturday 16 October. Final score on the day was Raith Rovers 1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle You might have seen that Manchester United made the 100-mile journey to their away fixture at Leicester City by plane. I’m not saying we should ban… Read More Planes, trains or automobiles: how we travel to the football
This article appeared in Rovers Review – the Raith Rovers matchday programme – on Saturday 16 October. Final score on the day was Raith Rovers 2-1 Arbroath If you’re heading through Glasgow on your way to the upcoming Queen of the South or Hamilton games, you might notice it’s busier than usual. That’s because for… Read More COP26: what is it, and what does it mean for the Rovers?
When the Australia Pavilion at COP26 opened on Monday morning, it had at its heart a large bright blue model showcasing a purported climate change solution, complete with information panels and flashing lights. By Wednesday morning, the display was gone. So what happened? The display showed carbon capture and storage in action. CCS is a… Read More COP26 Observer Blog Day 5: is there a place for CCS and hydrogen in our net-zero society?