Solar power to the people

A collection of climate stories mostly

Andrew Howells
6 min readAug 11


I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland.

I’m conscious when researching and writing this weekly, that it would get too depressing far too quickly if I only wrote about the on-going misdemeanours being committed by the human race and our less than ambitious attempts to halt global warming so far.

The recent spate of weather anomalies are becoming harder to ignore as they come thick and fast from different areas of the globe.

In southern Germany last week, a freak storm in Reutlingen had snowploughs clearing the foot high drifts of hail stones from the city’s streets in August.

While sometimes devastating, these crazy events also bring hope, providing a persistent reminder of what can and will continue to happen.

Eventually, this will be reflected at the ballot box, baked-in climate change policies taking precedent over a blue or red rosette.

Another unbelievable news item, which I must just mention, only because of the profound impact it will have on our weather, is the predicted collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (Amoc).

You might have a distant memory of gulf stream or north atlantic drift from classroom geography. It’s the warm ocean current which comes north from the gulf of Mexico and keeps our climate wet and temperate.

Data suggests that it has been getting weaker for some time. A collapse, which has happened several times before, long before humankind, will result in more temperature extremes, hotter drier summers with droughts, much colder winters and more flooding.

A state of hopelessness is not what I have in mind here. We can and should take control of our actions whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Courtesy of Smyril Line Ferries

So far my spare time has been spent writing about our environment. It’s nearly 12 months since I flew anywhere, which I hope to continue as Mrs H and I, begin to explore Europe properly.