ChatGPT on digital strategy for marine conservation

Jumping on the bandwagon, I asked ChatGPT (Jan 9 Version) to draft a post for this blog and answer a series of follow up questions in the same thread. Here are my thoughts. Training and running a model like ChatGPT requires significant computational resources. As more developers adopt machine learning models like ChatGPT, we should require their energy consumption and carbon footprint to be published as a key measure of overall performance....

22 Jan 2023 · 7 min · 1454 words · James Greenhalgh

What’s all the fuss about static site generators?

Somewhat late to the party, jamesgreenblue.com is now a static website built using Hugo. Statically generated websites consume less energy as all pages and assets are pre-built – the promise of halving the carbon cost of my blog was a powerful motivator. According to one website carbon calculator, now only 0.01 g of CO2 is produced every time someone visits a page. It’s also lovely to have faster load times, improved security and not have to think about Wordpress updates 😅...

31 Dec 2022 · 1 min · 104 words · James Greenhalgh

Giving this another go

Writing the first post for a new blog is, to me, a lot like starting a fresh notebook, or buying a new piece of diving equipment. There is trepidation about getting started mixed with excitement about what will come from it. At some point you have to stop worrying about it and just start somewhere. So lets go! (This is my third attempt, so to give myself a head start I have collated a few posts written for other sites....

28 Jan 2022 · 1 min · 80 words · James Greenhalgh

"Evolutionary marvels"

The Reef-World team was recently asked to summarise why we care about coral reefs to support ICRI ’s recommendation that coral reefs must be prioritised in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Here is my answer: “Visiting coral reefs is to visit life: to see the building blocks of the ocean. As a freediver, I love the diversity of colours and structures of coral reefs – a sanctuary for abundant and unique marine life – but also because corals exist in a place free from distractions that we can only visit fleetingly and in the moment....

11 Feb 2021 · 1 min · 132 words · James Greenhalgh

Saving coral reefs with digital impact

This post originally appeared on The Reef-World Foundation website. From my very first day at Reef-World, I have wanted to present the Green Fins dive and snorkel centre members on an interactive map. A technical challenge but one that would be hugely beneficial to our members as well as eco-minded tourists. If you’ve been on the Green Fins website recently, you may have spotted this is one of many exciting updates we have been able to make....

31 Oct 2020 · 5 min · 901 words · James Greenhalgh

Surviving paradise during COVID-19

This post originally appeared on The Reef-World Foundation website. On the last day of June 2019, I made the decision to swap Bristol for South East Asia. I’d realised that, if I truly wanted to make a meaningful contribution to marine conservation, leaving my job would give me the dedicated time and headspace I needed to find a new challenge. Fast forward a year and I now work from Reef-World’s Philippines field office on Digital Strategy and supporting Green Fins implementation around the world – a dream come true!...

29 Jul 2020 · 4 min · 674 words · James Greenhalgh