SEWTHA mentioned in the News or other programs or publications
May 21 2013:
David MacKay was interviewed on Sea Change Radio, USA
onlinedegrees.org recommends SEWTHA among
"50 Books To Prepare You For the Next 50 Years"
Fri 14/12/12, Le Figaro
Le Professeur MacKay réduit «les émissions d'âneries»
Professional Engineering talks to David MacKay about his work at DECC
has an article about version 3 of the
2050 pathways calculator
developed by the Strategy team at DECC, and about SEWTHA;
the Telegraph also copied a few random quotes into their article. See also
David MacKay's blog-post about
Version 3 of the Calculator
Pull the levers of power in the UK with Decc's new carbon calculator Fiona Harvey, Guardian
BBC News: "Mercury rising" | Press Association article about My2050
18 February 2011
Stewart Brand mentioned SEWTHA while discussing 'Clean Coal'
16th December 2010:
Report on David MacKay's '2050 Pathways'
talk at Cambridge Energy Forum
by Margaret Reynolds
BookScan's 2010 list of best-selling environment and ecology
books in the UK features SEWTHA in the top ten this year (2nd), and the top ten (8th)
of all time.
David MacKay named among "100 most important UK Scientists" (The Times)
Review of David MacKay's
Thursday, 13th May 2010 Lubbock Lecture, Oxford -
22 April 2010 -
21 Jan 2010 -
Wall Street Journal - Bill Gates Joins the Twitterati
8 Jan 2009 -
Irish Times "Innovate This" by Richard Gillis
Telegraph names David MacKay one of 25 'notable Britons of the year, 2009'
Tim Harford, FT, reviews Prashant Vaze's book and mentions SEWTHA
10:10 food: How to green your eating habits (Leo Hickman, Guardian)
3 Dec 2009
- BBC News: 'Can we go 100%
Nov 17 2009 - Daily Post (Wales)
discusses anti-meat campaigns.
29 October 2009 -
'Brian Eno, Prospect magazine'
23 Oct 2009 - `How green is your pet?' New Scientist.
Also reported on cnet.
Sunday Times, Oct 4 2009,
has a headline with an invented quote:
Professor David MacKay: Britain "must go nuclear" to control climate
(I never said those words! What I said,
and have said in all talks for the last year,
is that we must choose a plan that adds up.
In the talk I showed Plan M, which
illustrates an energy mix that is roughly one third domestic renewables,
one third imported renewables, and one third nuclear, with a bit
of "clean" coal.)
- BBC News, 30 September 2009 - Britons creating 'more emissions'
"Low-Energy Astrophysics" by P J Marshall,
N Bennert, et al [pdf file]: a paper about the energy consumption of astronomers
- there is also a wiki.
New Statesman puts DJCM in its "50 people who matter"
27 Sept 2009 - "Beating green fatigue" Eleanor Mills,
August 30, 2009 -
Bestselling guru David MacKay to lead climate fight. A CAMBRIDGE academic who has suggested importing solar energy from the Sahara and using Scottish lakes as giant batteries is to be named the government's scientific adviser on climate change.
Independent on Sunday:
Nuclear energy firms welcome policy adviser
1 Sep 2009 - BusinessGreen echoes the Sunday Times story.
August 28, 2009 - New York Times / International Herald Tribune
carry an article by DJCM,
Illuminating the Future of Energy, accompanied by
a diagram, Making room for renewables.
- My local copy of this article is
accompanied by several alternative
versions of the graphic.
1 Sept 2009- The article was republished in the New York Times Green Inc. section
July 2009 -
"Separating climate fact from factoid"
[subscription required to read full article]
"August 2009" - Building Sustainable Design interview with David MacKay
Christopher Booker, Telegraph, says "To meet our peak demand of 56 gigawatts of electricity would require 112,000 turbines covering 11,000 square miles, or an eighth of Britain's entire land area." - and commentors cite DJCM and SEWTHA in support of
Bookerism. (For the record, I think
Booker's numerical statement is correct.) (And also for the record,
I am not anti-wind myself... I favour energy plans that add up,
and wind power can make a contribution - as long as it is intrusive
and occupies substantial amounts of countryside!
14 July 2009 - DJCM was asked to give evidence to
Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee.
Here is DJCM's written memorandum.
Nature blog calls Sustainable Energy – without the hot air "essential reading".
The Clifford Paterson Lecture -
David MacKay wins award from Royal Society
July 2009 - Strategy and Business 'Leading Ideas'
Energy Policy by the Numbers -
article about SEWTHA by Russ Mitchell.
July 7 2009 -
BBC World service - a sequence of 3 programmes on energy.
June 26 2009 - Ed Milliband did a Q+A at the Guardian
and was asked about
arithmetic, road maps to 2050, and SEWTHA
| The same day, I was asked by the Telegraph
to comment on the government's pamphlet. I thought it was a pretty good pamphlet, encouraging good personal
actions. This article by Louise Gray mentions some of my comments.
June 17 2009 - I wrote an article
"Talk of 'kinetic energy plates' is a total waste of energy"
for the Guardian.
treehugger wrote a nice blog about it.
It was also discussed at length, with nice calculations, by Tim Joslin, on 'uncharted territory'. And linked to by Cleantech greentech [22/6/2009].
The L Magazine [28/1/2010].
June 17 2009
Wall Street Journal - "Climate Fight Heads for New Round"
June 10 2009 -
a small mention in the New York Times
June 7 2009
The Sunday Times - Could the Sahara's sun save us? |
[Letters calling solar power ridiculous and wonderful]
1 June 2009: British Renewable Energy Awards:
Sustainable Energy - without the hot air nominated for the
21 May 2009 UKERC Announces Membership of Research Committee
22 May 2009. New York Times Freakonomics blog
21 May 2009, BBC Radio 4: SEWTHA was reviewed and
discussed on Leading Edge
20 May 2009, BBC - David MacKay mentioned in a piece about Whitelee
13 May 2009 - CNN
Let's get real about alternative energy
(Commentary by DJCM)
11, 14 May 2009 - Irish Times
Setting the Energy Wheels in Motion |
Green energies give rise to 'eco-bling'
11 May 2009 - Irish Times
10 May 2009 - Santa Maria Times - editorial - Pretending to save the planet
On 10 May 2009, the Sunday Times ["Yes, we can solve the energy crisis"] and the Mail on Sunday
[online edition | local copy]
both carried articles authored by me.
April 2009 turned out to be a busy month for media...
The Economist's review,
I wrote an article for the BBC and appeared on 'More or Less' (see here for a commentary by Lightbucket),
the University made a youtube video of me, and
The Research Horizons magazine carried an
interview with me.
Then the Guardian got me to write an article, "Think big on renewables scale"; I gave the same article
who didn't edit it as the Guardian did; so if you want to see exactly what I
originally wrote, see "We need an energy plan that adds up"; then Guardian's G2 had a nice feature on the book; and
Guardian had an editorial called
of ... David MacKay.
Times Higher Education, 9 January 2009:
Sustainable Energy - without the hot air comes top of the Top 10 academic bestsellers: Heffers, Cambridge!
[I think this Top 10 is recomputed each 4 months]