The UK’s only weekly climate change radio programme features an interview with low-carbon pioneer Donnachadh McCarthy. Donnachadh’s carbon footprint is one seventeenth of the average European household’s. The trick, he explains, is 40% lifestyle, 40% small investments (in low energy lightbulbs, 250mm loft insulation, etc), and 20% renewable energy. He takes us on a tour around his terraced house in South London and talks us through the pros and cons of his renewable energy installations. Apologies for the sound quality towards the end of this programme.
The new series kicks off with a refresher on the science from a leading authority and a look at the scale and urgency of the challenge now facing us. David Griggs is the Director of the Hadley Centre (the Meteorological Office’s Centre for Climate Prediction and Research). He talks us through the basic science of climate change – what we know and what we don’t know. Dr Alice Bows of the Tyndall Centre is co-author of the “Living Within A Carbon Budget” report which was commissioned by Friends of the Earth and Co-operative Bank and published in July 2006.