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…

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 first train journey

I've always had an interest in travelling long-distances by train. When I was a child, some of my fondest memories of seeing my family in Cornwall (living, at the time, in Manchester) were based around getting the 'big' train from Manchester Piccadilly to Plymouth Station before the short bus journey out of Devon and across…