Earth Notes: About Earth Notes aka EOUUpdated 2023-08-28.
How Can I Support Earth Notes?
What Is "Earth Notes" / Earth.Org.UK / EOU?
What is Earth Notes about? Who creates the content?
This site is about practical steps that I have taken to make my own life (and that of my family) a little better and lower-carbon.
Cutting carbon at home to slow climate change, using high and low tech. Living a normal life — no hair shirt required!
Earth.org.uk aka "Earth Notes" celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017.
Early in 2007 I had a small brainwave and decided to create a simple single-page microsite about composting vs domestic solar power. It was an issue that was exercising me at the time, and the remnants are now in their own page.
Now, something like 10 years after that 1-pager idea, Earth Notes [was] well over 100 pages
Almost all "Earth Notes" content is written by Damon Hart-Davis. There are a few contributions from guests.
Photos and images are largely from Damon. Some are from the Gallery. In all other cases appropriate permissions are held or available. (The images are in the public domain in some cases.)
For images from others, look for:
- Upper-case initials at the very end of the image name before the extension, eg
some-image-DHD.jpgwould be an image by 'DHD', ie Damon in this case.
- A text file alongside the image file at URL
X.txt. An 'information' link '
i' may be automatically inserted in the page in some cases.
- Description of the origin or thanks in the body text and/or image
How Do I License EOU Photos, Data, Etc?
For photos (etc) that end with author initials in the same style as the Gallery, for DHD you may use per the Gallery rules, else contact Damon before using.
For photos (etc) with a descriptive
.txt file, if that indicates source and/or ownership rules, follow those, else contact Damon before using.
For declared datasets follow the stated licence where provided. The intention is for most data to be used freely, with attribution requested where possible. If a licence is not stated then please contact Damon before using.
In any case please do not use any of our media or data to abuse us or friends, nor to mislead or harm others.
Who Is Damon Hart-Davis?
Who is Damon? And why does he care about energy?
Damon has a BSc(Hons) and an MSc (both in computing), his name on a molecular genetics paper [march1989cloning] oddly enough, and a pending patent or three. Damon has spent decades in startups and investment/retail finance optimising things from trading algorithms to energy use, while being inventor and C-suite. Damon is now researching for a PhD.
See Damon's home page for a bit more on him, education, CV, etc.
Here's how Damon got into optimising energy after being a UK Internet pioneer. Then working in defence, oil and banking.
A few years ago I suddenly saw my energy bills as another performance metric that I could tweak just like optimising Lehman Brothers' derivatives calculations that I was nominally paid squillions to do.
In fact, this whole area is full of numbers and graphs and science and gadgets and interesting techie puzzles, never mind the grand+ per year that I'm saving on my energy bills or indeed that "hippy commie yoghurt-knitting greenie" conspiracy about cutting carbon footprint to help avert global warming.
From aerogel and LEDs to iButtons and thermal imaging, you should see some of the fun I've been having!
Why Can Earth Notes Be Trusted?
Earth Notes aims to be clear, honest, accurate and transparent.
At the start and/or end of most articles you will find a section with sources and links relevant to the article.
Earth Notes is all about reducing climate change. Even unpalatable ideas may need to be considered, to that end. Views may change over time as evidence accumulates. Articles will be updated as appropriate to reflect those changes. Earth Notes will continue to report these "inconvenient truths", annoying nuances and real uncertainties as necessary.
Many datasets are published on the site. These are often data gathered by Damon Hart-Davis. Sometimes the data may be from third parties.
Earth Notes uses metadata such as
schema.org to help maximise machine-readability of material on the site, including datasets. Metadata also enhances interactions with social media and search engines.
What Is EOU's Intended Audience?
Who Uses Earth Notes And Its Ideas?
Earth Notes has been cited in research papers and has influenced projects by significant climate change actors! Earth Notes has been quoted in the press, its technology used in third-party sites. Its automated and other posts are followed on social media.
Some (linkable) plaudits and uses:
- See some reader testimonial.
- The [archive] Ecotricity version of EOU's GB grid carbon-intensity tool.
- The Guardian: It's a myth that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions:
The researcher Damon Hart-Davis, who maintains a real-time website showing the grid's carbon intensity called Earth Notes, confirms separately that when the wind is blowing the UK emits less CO2 per unit of electricity generatedwhich I wrote up here: A Note On Variations in UK/GB Grid Electricity CO2 Intensity vs Record Wind.
Is EOU on Social Media?
@EarthOrgUK@mastodon.energy: do swing by and say hello!
- [march1989cloning] Cloning and characterization of an Escherichia coli gene, pcnB, affecting plasmid copy number