Author page: Tom Brook

Fuelling the Climate Crisis

What’s Going On Here? Sometimes good news comes from the most unexpected of places. So it was this week with a report leaked from JP Morgan that acknowledged, in no uncertain terms, the threat posed by climate change: “we cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened” JPM’s economists warned their shareholders. What Does This Mean? Feel like…

Is this what democracy looks like?

What’s Going On Here? The Extinction Rebellion ‘International Rebellion’ started on Monday – forcing the climate change debate to the forefront of public awareness. Curious Earth spent a few hours this week mingling with activists in London. What Does This Mean? Far from being tree-huggers, hippies or fringe-groups, we were struck by the normality – the ordinariness – of the people involved. We met…

AI-enabled bin helping to slash food waste

What’s Going On Here? Last year we wrote about Winnow Solutions, the food waste innovators developing digital tools to help chefs run more sustainable kitchens. This week they’ve announced the release of a new tool which means restaurant food waste can be monitored and quantified without kitchen staff doing as much as lifting a finger. What Does This Mean? Winnow’s AI-enabled food bin is…

Why Fridays at school might never be the same again

What’s Going On Here? This Friday (15th March) is set to be the biggest in a series of ‘School strikes for climate.’ The growing movement of embattled youngsters forcing world leaders to take action on climate change. School Children Strike Back Hundreds of thousands of children across 98 countries are expected to down their pencils & fountain pens this Friday. Inspired by…

Six major fashion companies failing to reduce environmental impact

What’s Going On Here? Major UK retailers are failing to deliver on environment according to a report by the UK government Environmental Audit Committee. Six companies were reported to have failed to take action in reducing their carbon, water and waste footprints. Name ’em and shame ’em Ok then. Amazon UK, Sports Direct, TK Maxx, JD Sports, BooHoo and Missguided. NONE of them have signed up to the Sustainable Clothing…

Thomas the Tank gets an upgrade to Hydrogen power in UK

What’s Going On Here? Transport giant Altom & Eversholt Rail is planning to upgrade UK trains to hydrogen and could have the zero-emission trains running on major UK lines within two years. Choo Choo!! What is the Loco-motive behind Hydrogen trains? The ‘Fat Controllers’ in Britain are aiming for diesel-free railways by 2040. With more than 40% of the UK railway network already running…