The Low-Carbon Editor: A Trip to Newcastle

I’m a former academic who is now a full-time editor. As an academic, I attended many international conferences, did lots of fieldwork, and had family to visit back home. This meant that I was sitting on a plane at least once a month on average, if not more often. I was of course fully aware…

The Journey Home: Wageningen to Bristol

Wow! 3,005 miles, 21 trains, 17 days, 8 countries, 4 buses, 3 ferries, 2 conferences and around 52kg of CO2 compared with 529kg CO2 if I had have flown (according to Ecopassenger, and adjusted to show the true climate impact of CO2 emitted at high altitude). To put that in comparison, 50kg of CO2 is the…

Day 1 & 2: Oslo to Wageningen

I have just completed the 2nd stage of my long overland journey around northern Europe, from Oslo in Norway, down to Wageningen in the Netherlands, ready for a PhD summer school. After a brief day of rest, the summer school has started and it's time to blog the experience. The journey, I thought, would be…

Day 4 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I have arrived in Oslo! After 9 trains, 7 countries and 4 days! The last part of the journey was, perhaps, the most enjoyable. The journey through Denmark, Sweden and Norway gave me the biggest insight into just how quickly the landscape can change. As I went from the flat, Danish pasturelands, across the Øresund…

Day 3 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I am now on my way to Gothenburg, with one more train to go to get to Oslo by 5pm tonight. Reflecting on the journey yesterday, there are some interesting points to make about how travel can affect us, for better or worse. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the Thalys service to Köln from…

Day 2 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I made it to Brussels yesterday, without any incident, and picked up some new friends along the way. The Eurostar, as always, was a pleasant experience. Check-in was easy, the train left exactly on time and arrived on schedule too. The seats were comfy, the carriage was quiet and the food onboard was good (although…

Day 1 of 4: Bristol to Oslo

I am embarking on the longest train journey I have completed to date, and yesterday was the start of it. I decided to try and get to Oslo to attend a conference about 6 months ago. Unfortunately, because the journey is so long, I would need to stay in three different cities along the way…

Barcelona by Train

I returned on Sunday from a week of teaching Bristol's undergraduates in Barcelona. The trip was, according to the students, a great success, and much fun was had by all. I, being the nuisance I am, made a case to the trip leader that I should be able to go by train on the grounds…

Belfast on a Boat

When going low-carbon west from the UK, there is a major problem. It is, in fact, one of the largest problems in the world - the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic is one of the reasons aviation took off (so to speak...). When Captain Sir Jack Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown set off from Newfoundland, Canada…

The Netherlands by train

My second experience of rail travel for conferencing occurred over the summer of 2017 when I attended a PhD summer school at the Wageningen University & Research Campus. At this point, the feeling of getting on a train at Bristol Temple Meads at 5am began to feel somewhat familiar, and waiting in the Eurostar lounge at…