Gases or 'Green House Gases' are essays published by Green House Think Tank which explore a particular, usually topical issue or subject.

Green House Think Tank

Climate Emergency: Economics, Politics, Honesty

This Framing Paper by Jonathan Essex on behalf of Green House Think Tank outlines areas of focus for our forthcoming project. Green House is grappling with what this all means in practice and welcomes contributions and collaboration.

Nadine Storey

A Green Vision for English Devolution

Whilst recognising the limitations of the current system of English devolution, should the Green Party also take the opportunity to propose a radical alternative vision for devolution?

John Foster

Climate and Justice

John Foster links climate, justice and morality in a way which readers may not be expecting. He argues that instead of seeing our responsibilities here as obligations of justice, now very much the standard story, we need to contrast them with the kind of obligation which justice imposes on us.

John Foster

Averting climate catastrophe – can democracy cut it?

How should people respond to the Climate Emergency? This gas is an exchange between Jem Bendell, and John Foster around a critical question of our times: Can democratic action now avert climate and ecological catastrophe. If so, in what form? If not, shouldn’t we be considering alternatives?

Simon Pirani

India’s ‘Green Hydrogen’ project needs critical examination

In this article, first published by The Wire (India), Pritam Singh and Simon Pirani question the Indian government’s approach to the use of “green” hydrogen. There are important parallels with the issues raised in the Green European Foundation’s Greening Hydrogen report published in 2021.

John Foster

Beyond the Fish Tank

John Foster considers the illuminating thought-experiment and homely but compelling analogy in Dougald Hine's book 'At Work in the Ruins: Finding Our Place in the Time of Science, Climate Change, Pandemics, and All the Other Emergencies'.

John Foster

Do You Want to Know the Truth?

John Foster reviews Rupert Read's 2022 book, written for all who find themselves confronted, in the stark glare of climate truth, by Lenin’s famous question: what is to be done?

Robert Magowan

A Climate of Disruption

The inevitable upheaval as the consequence of our regime of accumulation is well and truly upon us. Today, every aspect of our daily lives seem to be unravelling. How can we exist in an age of multiple escalating forms of disruption? Can we envisage ways to work with and through that disruption?

Andrew Mearman

Finance-based transition solutions: approach with caution

Andrew presents the fundamental criticisms made by economists Clive Spash and Frédéric Hache of the influential Dasgupta Review of the economics of biodiversity. Whether or not these criticisms are persuasive, their review points to significant dangers lurking in the financialisation of Nature.

John Foster

Rethinking consumerism

In this extended review article, John Foster considers some recent thinking on living within limits, and discusses the implications for Green House’s current ‘Rethinking Demand’ project.

Ciara Shannon

Woodhouse Colliery. The Great Carbon Carbuncle?

Ciara Shannon considers some of the carbon risks if Woodhouse Colliery were to go ahead and highlights some alternative opportunities. She ends by thinking about the area's sizeable, historical carbon debt.

Prashant Vaze

Nuclear Power and the contradictions of the UK’s Energy Security Strategy

UK's Energy Security Strategy backs nuclear over greater renewables and energy efficiency. It risks increasing prices and failing to meet future electricity demand. The tools used to make nuclear investor friendly should be used for energy efficiency instead.