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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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Writing, Articles and Books

For those outside the mainstream journalism rarely pays the bills, but it's a great way to get ideas to a larger audience. In the current media environment, where paid-for and public-relations 'cut-n-paste' fodder dominates, being able to get articles into the media covering issues such as resource depletion and ecological limits is also a very rewarding use of time.

This section of the archive contains a number of 'irregular' articles, mostly one-off commissions. My regular columns for The Ecologist and other publications are republished in the Musings section.

If you would like to commission an article, please get in touch.

Articles Archive:

inc image Snake Oil: how fracking's false promise of plenty imperils our future


A review of Richard Heinberg's book, 'Snake Oil', for The Ecologist. "Fracking is just another step on the fossil fuel treadmill, according to 'Snake Oil' by Richard Heinberg. High costs, diminishing returns and growing pollution will ultimately nail its future. Paul Mobbs urges readers – give a copy to your MP before it's too late!"

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inc image Drones, cyberwarfare and democracy

October 2013

The draft chapter for the book, 'World in Chains: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons and Militarisation from a UK Perspective'. The essay looks not simply at drones or surveillance, but the more critical technological framework within which these uses of technological capabilities take place. More importantly, if we look forward to the foreseeable changes in digital technologies over the next decade or two, we can see that these technologies will become more powerful, and able to be wielded against the interests of democracy and human rights by the most powerful states with the capability to develop them.

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inc image To 'Camp Frack', and beyond!

May 2013

Attending the "Camp Frack" event in Lancashire in May was heartening because, after our efforts over the last few years, things are starting to take-off. There is a real buzz in the movement as people get informed, network with other groups around Britain/the world, and pressure both the government and the energy lobby to justify the wild claims being made about unconventional gas.

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inc image 1652 Country Pilgrimage Development Weekend

March 2012

In 2011 I was involved in the re-enaction of the walk of John Woolman around Britain. As a results of that I was asked to attend the weekend at Swarthmoor on planning Quaker pilgrimages, and this was my report back to my Area Meeting.

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inc image Face up to natural limits, or face a 70s-style crisis

January 2010

The Ecologist, January 2010. The original, unedited text of my 'Comment' article that outlines the parameters that will define our energy future. Recent gas shortages may have made politicians focus on energy security once more, but the deeper systemic problems of Britain's energy economy go far deeper than the limited capacity of our gas importation system. Energy represents far more to the economy than just a fuel source; understanding the biophysical limits on our future use of energy, and how this affects the general economy, is essential if we are to create a strategic vision that can address the ecological crises of the Twenty-First Century.

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inc image Uranium Supply and the Nuclear Option

May 2005

Oxford Energy Forum (journal of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies), May 2005. A short paper on the global availability – past, present and future – of uranium, and the critical limitation that the likely future shortage of uranium represents to the much trumpeted "nuclear renaissance".

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inc image Turning the World Upside Down

December 2004

Published in The World Today, the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), vol.60 no.12, December 2004. An article I wrote for Chatham House, to which they added the snappy introduction, "Could you live with the same amount of energy now available to those in the third world? A dramatic change such as this is likely within fifty years as present energy sources are used up. So future generations will have to manage with just a third of the energy we use now."

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inc image Wilf's First PC Build Day


Wilf has been using Linux since he was nearly three. From nearly four he has been able to boot-up a Linux system and log into his user account. Now, at five and a half, he's going to build his first PC (with a little help from his Dad)

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inc image New Labour and the Planning Agenda

Spring 2000

An article, written for and published by Corporate Watch, on the way that New Labour has sought to restructure the planning system to favour corporate interests and keep out the public.

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inc image The Detractor's Convention: Identifying the future of community-based campaigning

January 2000

This pamphlet is all about managing change. Change can be problematic. The way to make change less problematic is to understand it, and through understanding, take what you can from it to assist and reinforce your own position. This process of characterising the effects of societal change on organisations and individuals, and then creating responses to this, can create divisions. The differing ideas and approaches on responding to change are especially likely to create divisions within larger organisations. Divisions can then go on to affect how people operate, and distract them from the real objectives they commonly hold.

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inc image The Internet, Disintermediation and Campaign Groups

January 2000

Written for ECOS, the quarterly journal of the British Association of Nature Conservationists, p25-32, Vol.21 No.1, 2000. A study of the development of the Internet, its effects on grassroots campaigning, and the future prospects of the larger campaign groups (adapted from an earlier work I wrote for the Free Range Network, The Detractor's Convention).

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inc image Sustainable Waste Management – Possibility or Pipe-dream?


An article on the meaning of the word 'sustainable' as applied to the term "sustainable waste management" – written for The Recycling Council's annual seminar in Birmingham, 17th February, 1994 (and published in the proceedings of the conference, Why Recycle?, A.K.M. Rainbow [editor], A.A. Balkema publishing, 1994). Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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inc image AEA Harwell – Nuclear and Environmental Hazards

April 1990

Written for Southern Campaign to Resist the Atomic Menance (SCRAM), an article on the hazards of the Harwell Laboratory site in Oxfordshire

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