Author Archives: Tom Bragg

Wood-burning – Inconvenient Truth, Part 2

Sadiq Khan asks for powers to control wood-burning
Part one of this blog was on the inconvenient truth that burning wood, especially in our cities, is a major contributor to particulate air-pollution that’s killing an estimated 29,000 people a year in the UK.
It describes how to be neighbourly and minimise your air-pollution:

use a DEFRA approved […]

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Wood-burning – Inconvenient Truth

There’s ever-growing  evidence that wood-burning is a big contributor to air pollution, especially in cities.
On January 22nd London had a major air pollution incident, with Camden, Westminster and The City hitting 10 out of 10 (worst) on the Air Quality Index.  “We think about half of the peak was from wood smoke” said Timothy Baker, […]

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Thermal Imaging Guide

You can reveal where buildings are wasting heat with vivid thermal images… this guide shows how with lots of practical examples.
I’ve been testing the £200 Flir One smartphone add-on. It’s as good as CCF’s £1,800 thermal imaging cameras with smartphone advantages, although not so rugged.  Many more community groups and individuals can now afford to use […]

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Brexit and our Environment

Please ask your MP to support the Environment Pledge.
The Brexit negotiations pose many threats and opportunities for UK environmental protection and our urgent transition into a low-carbon nation.
If red-tape slashing vested interests get the upper hand, vital protections for our wild life, countryside  and seas will be swept aside. Also support for changing our industries, […]

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The Paris deal: a day to celebrate, but…

In what I think is genuinely a day to celebrate, we have a legally binding climate deal from the Paris COP21 negotiations.
The French did a great job on running the incredibly complex negotiations, resulting in an agreement that is stronger than anyone dared hope two weeks ago. The process was transparent, democratic and flexible and […]

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Kiribati

President Tong & Richard Denniss
Last night we felt priveleged to hear Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, call for no new coal mines. Before being invited I knew next to nothing about the pacific island state of Kiribati: straddling the equator and the international dateline, it was a British colony (The Gilbert and Ellice Islands) until […]

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Climate Ribbons

As part of the Climate Ribbon project we brought dozens of ribbons from Cambridge on which people had written WHAT THEY LOVE AND HOPE TO NEVER LOSE TO CLIMATE CHAOS. Thanks Jenny & other who  helped gathering them.
We enlisted help from local girls tying them all to the “tree” at Montreuil and had fun translating […]

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CCF Paris Workshop

We’d offered to run a CCF workshop about personal footprints: “How to stop feeling helpless” at Climat Forum at a fairly bleak school in the Paris suburb of Montreuil. We only had confirmation a week ago. Publicity was minimal. Would anyone come?  YES: 36 people from Mauritius to Canada to Saffron Walden came, although some […]

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UK Innovators in Paris

Extra security in Paris is undersandable but there were 2 events we couldn’t get into.
On Friday night we went to the launch of Energy Unlocked, a new UK organisation supporting low-carbon energy innovation. It’s a small startup, which attracted low-carbon business organisations over a remarkable range of scale:   
A seed funder is Tempus Energy […]

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Paris here we come

Anne & I will be in Paris from Thu 3 to Tue 8 December, attending some of the numerous fringe events. We hope to learn and share ideas with people and organisations like CCF from all over the world.
You may have met me as CCF Chair or at Thermal Imaging or Open Eco Homes, where […]

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Cambridge Carbon Message

Tom Bragg, CCF Chair
Signing the Cambridge Climate Message, on behalf of CCF, felt like connecting with the bigger picture: the Paris Climate talks, the coming low-carbon Cambridge and the people & organisations working for it.
The message is:
“We, the people and organisations of the city of Cambridge in the UK, support local and global efforts to […]

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Thermal Imaging Training

28 October 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

CCF OFFICE
Hooper St. CB1 2NZ

Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building’s insulation and air tightness.

These popular training sessions are for people wanting to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends and then to visit others who’ve requested a survey. Learn from Tom Bragg and Nicola Terry how […]

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2015 Annual General Meeting

16 July 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Centre at St Paul’s (lower Hall)
Hills Rd, CB2 1JP

All welcome to come and hear CCF’s inside story, ask questions and give us your feedback.
Do come along for:

a brief formal AGM, with a chance to vote on CCF Trustees and other resolutions*
an update on CCF’s 2014 work and finances and future plans and new […]

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Solid Wall Insulation

11 March 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Centre at St Paul’s
Hills Rd CB2 1JP

Nearly all pre-1930s homes (and some built since) have solid walls that leak heat!

29 people came for lots of information and lively discussion with our panel of experts as they explained what’s involved in SWI and the choices you have.

You can download their presentations here:

Types […]

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Thermal Imaging Training

2 December 2014, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

CCF OFFICE
Hooper St. CB1 2NZ

Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building’s insulation and air tightness.

These popular training sessions are for people wanting to  borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends and then to volunteer to visit others who’ve requested a survey. Learn from Tom Bragg and Nicola […]

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