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Mobbs' Environmental Investigations:

Writings, Articles and Books

Much of my work involves carrying out research, and then writing about that research – either as an article, report or, occasionally, a book. This section of the site provides access to my various writings.


Writings Index

Fracktured Accountability, Paul Mobbs, March 2015

World in Chains: Nuclear Weapons, Militarisation and their Impact on Society, Angie Zelter (editor), Luath Press, June 2014

A Practical Guide to Sustainable ICT, APC/IDRC, June 2012

Energy Beyond Oil: Could You Cut Your Energy Use by Sixty Percent?, Matador Books, June 2005

Participating With Safety Toolkit, APC, March 2002

Civil Society Internet Rights Toolkit, GreenNet/Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, 2000

See also:

Musings

Ecolonomics

Work Archive

I am a freelance researcher, author and lecturer on energy, environment and public policy issues – how I use that core set of skills depends upon the issue I am working with at the time.

Fundamentally my work involves finding information from a wide variety of sources and then mapping the content to produce an illustrative view of a single issue. My specialty is studying large quantities of digital or hard copy records, public registers and documents.

Tied to that specialism are my skills in using computers, databases and on-line systems in order to support that work – and occasionally to teach others those skills.

The final part of that skill-set involves communicating the results of my work to its target audience. That is usually the general public, or the groups who hire me to carry out research on particular issues – whether that be just general research, or to produce a case for a public inquiry or other official process.

However, since I began working as a freelance professionally in 1992, the aim of the work has changed. During the 1990s my work was largely responsive – following the ecological agenda. Since the end of the 2000s I have shifted towards working on "future" issues – identifying issues of public concern before they hit the media and flagging them up to the communities involved.

For want of a better label, I call this shift in the focus of my research, Ecological Futurology – either by research, writing and journalism, identifying and explaining critical issues of public interest before they become part of the mainstream media and political agenda.

If you would like to employ my skills to assist your work, please get in touch. In the meantime, this site will give you access to the wide array of issues I have covered over the past twenty-five years of work.

Recent research reports and studies

Below is a selection of recent research reports. For a full guide to reports, handouts and other publications view the Work Archive.

inc image USAF Croughton, Networked Warfare, and the Intelligence-Fusion Complex

July 2018

A short report, produced for Croughtonwatch, on how digital networks, data, and artificial intelligence are blurring the boundaries between military, political and civil conflict.

file icon PDF version of handout
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file icon goto YouTube video of presentation



inc image The Free Range Do-It-Yourself 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate

14/06/2017

Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

file icon design/construction handout
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file icon A3 summary poster
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inc image Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain – A report for Talk Fracking

24/05/2017

This report seeks to explain how the debate over the gaseous emissions from 'fracking', and their impacts on climate change, has changed over the last few years – and precisely why that debate is critical to how the Whitehall Government has justified, and promoted, onshore oil and gas extraction in Britain.

file icon Original Paul Mobbs/MEI research report
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file icon Talk Fracking's published version
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file icon A3 poster summarising the report
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inc image Fracktured Accountability: A study of political decision-making and unconventional fossil fuel interests in the Coalition Government

04/03/2015

'Fractured Accountability' represents the outcome of just over two years research on the the Government's role in promoting unconventional gas and oil in Britain; specifically, whether their actions are 'legal'. More importantly, it is not a report about "fracking" per se, but rather the highly questionable relationships between policy-makers in Government, the industry developing fracking, and the finance and PR industries supporting them.

file icon The 'Fracktured Accountability' web page
This page collects all the 'Fracktured Accountability' resources together within a single page.

file icon 'Fracktured Accountability', the report
This is the detailed report on the the alleged 'misconduct in public office' by ministers in Britain in relation to their policies on unconventional oil and gas development.
2.6 megabytes

file icon The Frackogram 2015
This page outlines, and provides a browser for, the 'Frackogram 2015', an 'organogram' which illustrates the relationships between the government, fracking/fossil fuel companies, finance and academia.

file icon 'Fracktured Accountability', a.k.a, 'The Frackogram'
This poster describes the 'Frackogram', and how it was created. Where the 'frackogram' is reproduced as a large poster, this A3 PDf is desgined to sit alongside to provide a more detailed explanation of the 'organogram'.
3.4 megabytes

file icon 'Arrest the Cabinet'
A video of my efforts to 'arrest the cabinet' for the offence of 'misconduct in a public office', Downing Street, 5th March 2015.



inc image Frackademics: A study of the relationships between academia, the fossil fuels industry and public agencies

February 2015

This study, produced on behalf of 'talk Fracking', examines the relationships between academia, the fossil fuel industry and public bodies – and how these relationships might influence the public debate over "fracking". The purpose of reviewing the connections between different agencies is to understand the nature of the environment which defines and constrains those decisions, and to explain the context within which recent decisions or policies have been framed. It traces the potential mechanisms by which the public debate over unconventional gas and oil may be manipulated, and how that fits in to the Government's promotion of their policies on unconventional gas and oil. In scientific debate, all issues should be open to objective examination.

file icon 'Frackademics' – the report
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file icon 'Frackademics' – web page

file icon 'Frackademics' case study no.1 – Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)
108.9 kilobytes

file icon 'Frackademics' case study no.2 – Academic involvement in shale gas studies
176.2 kilobytes

file icon 'Frackademics' case study 3 – The Mackay-Stone review
146.7 kilobytes

file icon 'Frackademics' case study no.4 – The Science Media Centre
203.8 kilobytes

file icon 'Frackademics' case study no.5 – Guardian Open Letter
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file icon 'Frackademics' case study no.6 – The Task Force on Shale Gas
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