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  1. Claire Nicholson
    September 8, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    Hi Adam! I’m Claire the Editorial Team Leader for YSJ. Thank you for submitting your article although unfortunately I can’t assign your article to one of our editors until your profile is complete with an author picture, I’m sorry for the delay in this!



  2. Adam Shine
    September 15, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    Hi Claire, thanks for the comment, I’ve uploaded a photo now.



  3. Cathy
    November 16, 2014 @ 2:36 am

    Hi Adam,

    I am your editor, Cathy. This is a very comprehensive article that details the alternatives to fossil fuel UK can pursue. While it is well-written, I am going to make some suggestions and have you to make a few changes before it can be approved.

    – Sentence: Our extra stream into the atmosphere causes the atmosphere to balance itself out with surface ocean waters.
    What do you mean by “our extra stream”? I understand where you might be going with it, but please be explicit.

    – In reference to storing solar energy, I think there may be venues currently available to do so. If it is costly, or unpractical, please state that with reference; otherwise, reference any source that states that solar energy cannot be stored.

    – Are you sure you mean to use semicolon here: “Solar photovoltaics panels are much less efficient, however they produce much more high-grade energy; electricity.”
    & “Solar biomass is a very promising idea because it is something we are already very good at; farming.”
    & “There are three options for tide; tide farms, barrages, and lagoons.”
    & “There are currently two possibilities for nuclear; fission and fusion.” Semicolon connects two independent clauses. A colon can introduce a new idea that is related to the clause of the sentence.

    Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


  4. Adam Shine
    December 12, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    Hi, Cathy

    I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to do this but I only just got the email notification as for some reason it had gone into my trash folder. I have changed our extra stream to “When we emit carbon dioxide, the imbalance this creates” and I have removed the line about storing solar energy. Also I have changed the semi-colons to colons.

    Thank you, Adam


  5. Fionn
    September 9, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi, I’m working on editing this article at the moment. I came across a few things which I feel need clarification:
    In The Greenhouse Effect: ‘The main problem with this debate is that it is fuelled by external intentions, as opposed to statistical evidence.’ Is this the general climate change debate, or something else? It wasn’t very clear what debate you were referring to here.
    In Solar Biomass: It doesn’t explain how solar biomass works, and I think a brief description would be useful, as this isn’t as well known as other forms of solar energy. Also, as one of your modifications, you said ‘A more realistic figure is probably two thirds of the country’, despite already having said that you would cover 75% (this is slightly higher than current agricultural land cover). Was the 2/3 figure supposed to cover energy losses instead?
    In Nuclear: What do you mean by ‘material streams’?
    Also, you don’t currently have a biography in your profile, which I believe will be needed when the article is published.


    • Adam Shine
      September 19, 2015 @ 6:42 pm

      Hi, Fionn, for some reason I don’t seem to be able to edit any of my article and if I try to view the preview I can only view a message saying you are not allowed to edit this post. Do you know what might be causing this?


  6. Fionn
    September 19, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

    I have no idea why, but I know the previous article I edited had the same problem. If you write the changes here, I can make them for you.


  7. Adam Shine
    September 19, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    Okay I’ll do that, thanks for the speedy reply


  8. Adam Shine
    September 19, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

    I think I’ve resolved all of the issues you’ve highlighted so here are my changes;
    I think this debate should be changed to the climate change debate to clarify my meaning as you suggested
    In solar biomass I would insert this after the first sentence; “It is a form of solar power as it uses plants’ natural photosynthetic ability to harvest sunlight. Usually plants such as sugar cane are used as they can then be harvested and converted to fuel via fermentation or other processes.”
    also in solar biomass in the last sentence, of the country should be removed as that was a mistake and the two thirds is referring to the energy produced not the land covered.
    Finally in nuclear “Material streams are very small” should be replaced by “the energy density of its fuel is very high”.
    I also noticed that in nuclear I refer to the opening of the Beloyarsk plant in April 2014 in the future tense due to the time gap between my submitting this article and now.
    I hope these changes are satisfactory




  9. Fionn
    September 20, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    Thanks, this is great, and thanks for adding your bio as well. Only one other thing I’ve noticed – There isn’t a reference that I can see for the 74% (% of GHG emissions caused by energy needs), and I think there ought to be one. I did find a site with this figure (, but I couldn’t find a link to EDGAR, so didn’t want to use it without asking for the correct reference.


  10. Adam Shine
    September 20, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

    You’re right that data is out of date now, interestingly the latest data shows an increase to now 90% and the URL for this reference is


  11. Fionn
    September 23, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    I can’t see where you’re getting that figure from on that page – Would you mind pointing it out?


    • Adam Shine
      September 23, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

      It’s on figure 3a, the bar chart after the pie chart


  12. Fionn
    September 30, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    Just a couple of notes for whoever’s publishing this – The space between the superscript 2 and 24 in wind power always disappears whatever I do, and reference 28 needs removed from the published version, as I messed it up, and the link is too long for me to see the edit or delete button. And hopefully I won’t notice something else as soon as I hit the approve button!


  13. Claire Nicholson
    November 6, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

    Rachel – can you proof read this article?


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