Paul Mobbs & MEIR:
2018 & earlier
This page lists the most significant articles/post from 2018 and earlier which I maintain on my web site – primarily those which I retained after the rebuild of my website in 2019.
This page provides access to the articles I wrote written up to the year 2018. Please note that where the link is in dark red, that article is held on another web site – and if it fails to work then that is the responsibility of the host site. Where the article link is in dark blue, that is hosted on my own web site – please contact me if you have a problem accessing the content.
Paul Mobbs, Mobbsey's Musings, 17th April 2018:
The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: The gaping hole in the middle of the Circular Economy
Why the latest buzz-phrase in consumer sustainability – the Circular Economy – is not only failing to tackle the core problem, but why it is doomed to fail
Paul Mobbs, Drill or Drop, 31st January 2018:
For all its faults, “fracking” is not the issue here…
Approaching my tenth year of research on unconventional oil and gas in Britain, it has become clear that the true struggle has little to do with regulations, or technology, or the pursuit of fossil fuels, and everything to do with the failure of our national political dialogue.
Paul Mobbs, Mobbsey’s Musings, 4th August 2017:
Methane clathrate – fossil fuel’s last desperate hope
Extreme Energy is a term which encompasses many different forms of ‘unconventional’ energy resources. From fracking, to tar sands, to some types of renewable energy which take more energy and carbon to produce than they save (mostly plant biomass) – these ‘extreme’ energy sources represent the last hope of the global energy corporations. Why this is so tells a much greater truth about the global commitment to address climate change.
Paul Mobbs, The Ecologist, 24th May 2017:
Whitehall‘s fracking science failure: shale gas really is worse for climate than coal
The UK government claim that fracking is a 'clean' energy source rests on the conclusions of a single scientific paper, writes Paul Mobbs. And now that paper has been conclusively invalidated: it uses misleading figures that understate the methane emissions from fracking, and subsequent findings have left it totally discredited. Yet the paper is still being quoted to justify fracking, and the fool the public on its climate change impacts.
Paul Mobbs, The Ecologist, 25th March 2013:
West Wales – the hills are abuzz with the sound of drones
In rural West Wales, with no public consultation, the Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ are about to launch a new era in drone technology and experimentation. Paul Mobbs reports on Wales's role in a legally dubious future of mass surveillance and remote killing.