Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Note: this post was originally published in October 2020, as plans to release treated water progressed towards approval. The explainer was updated in April 2021 to reflect the confirmation of the Japanese Government’s decision to release the treated water. I will continue to add more information as and when it becomes available. The purpose of… Read More Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

(originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary) One of the consequences of recent world events is an explosion of social media posts, thinkpieces, and even preliminary research into how urban planning – and urban greening – can shape the post-COVID city. Whilst these are welcome and fruitful discussions, they must not deflect from some of… Read More Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

A bit of perspective on the Daily Mail article on surfing in Fukushima

A clickbait post has appeared in the Daily Mail (I don’t encourage you to click, but if you want to check for yourself the link is at the end of this post) discussing the reopening of beaches on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. While there is nothing factually wrong with the article, there is a lot… Read More A bit of perspective on the Daily Mail article on surfing in Fukushima

Hokkaido earthquake, Tomakomai and CCS: what information is there?

A large earthquake struck Hokkaido overnight on 6 September 2018. It registered Magnitude 6.7, and Shindo 7 was reached closest to the epicentre. There have been 18 fatalities at the time of writing with 24 people still missing, and landslides, power loss and water stoppages across Hokkaido. The quake was centered very close to Tomakomai… Read More Hokkaido earthquake, Tomakomai and CCS: what information is there?

Reflecting on two years of interdisciplinary research together

From Urban Green Adaptation Diary On 17 June 2016, at the 23rd Pacific Science Congress at Academia Sinica in Taipei, we delivered our first conference paper together. Titled “Achieving Mitigation of Land Surface Temperature via Greenspaces: A Case Study of Taipei Metropolis,” we shared the stage for five minutes each. Wan-Yu talked about her remote sensing… Read More Reflecting on two years of interdisciplinary research together

Progressing CCS in Japan – December 2017 Visit

For the past week I’ve been in Japan for a series of carbon capture and storage-related events, largely linked to Japan’s recent successful endeavours in deploying CCS technology in the ‘real world.’ The Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project, up in Hokkaido in the north of the country, in November 2017 celebrated injecting its 100,000th tonne of… Read More Progressing CCS in Japan – December 2017 Visit

Responding to climate change in a carbon-intensive coastal region?

Aberdeen is in a challenging position when it comes to thinking about the future. We know very well that reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are required if we are to avoid significant harm on a global scale. This entails, among other actions, reducing the role that oil, gas and coal have in providing us with… Read More Responding to climate change in a carbon-intensive coastal region?

Why I saw north-east Scotland turning blue, and why the ‘day job’ now has to be a just transition

As soon as Donald Trump won Michigan in the US presidential race late last year, I had a feeling large parts of north-east Scotland were going to fall to the Tories at the next election. I just didn’t expect ‘the next election’ at which this happened would be seven months later. For those not familiar… Read More Why I saw north-east Scotland turning blue, and why the ‘day job’ now has to be a just transition