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In August 2013 we set sail from Stromness on our second Sea Change expedition, aboard Lerwick community boat The Swan, with a crew of 27 artists, scientists and informers. More ›

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The expedition crew of 27 includes a wide range of scientific and creative folk.
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Fishing Lessons for Carbon?

Fishing in the North Sea
The Eurozone put limits on fishing back in the late 70s. The fish were running out, and fishermen – last of the hunters – became, in effect, farmers: unlimited catches are out, sustained resource management is in. The European quota system is imperfect – but it worked. Europe’s North Sea has ample stocks – while... Read more ›

Showdown! Hydrocarbons versus Renewables!

Hydrocarbons vs Renewables ...
All ten of us – Cape Farewell’s crew – got to Shetland using fossil fuels: by plane, train, boat and car. Modern life runs on oil. Hydrocarbons 10, Renewables 0 Our  boat – the lovely 120 yr old Swan – was once a sail-powered herring boat, able to catch several ton of herring with nothing... Read more ›

Day 3, Blog 2: Weather and Climate, Cities and Seas

Cliffs north Shetland
Our ship The Swan is stuck in harbour, victim of passing gale-force winds. Winds that are a regular ol’ weather event, not a mind-bending indicator of climactic events to come. But enough to change course. Weather has always been more important outside cities, than in. Camping, canoeing, sailing or even putting up your laundry; everyday... Read more ›

Day 1: Sea change forthcoming?

The fuel that fuels us all.
In Scalloway, on the Shetland Islands. The boat upon which I am to be embedded with a crew of artists, sailors, scientists – The Swan – arrives as I type. Why am I here – a venture capitalist obsessed by carbon? My last night in Aberdeen was a night spent out with oil workers, engineers... Read more ›