UK Carbon

The Rise of the Energy Citizens

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Marion is FD of the Oxford Bus Company (OBC), and the asset in question is a roof over its main depot. It might be doing a good job keeping the buses dry, but Marion reckoned it could work harder. Vast, sprawling and - crucially - south-facing, it struck him as the ideal site for a massive photovoltaic (PV) plant

With or Without Fracking, Decarbonisation Remains the Best Bet for Britain

Nick Molho | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

This week's announcements on fracking, including David Cameron's pledge to "go all out on shale gas", triggered yet another shale gas frenzy in the UK media. Yet, despite all the hype and the announcement of better benefits for communities hosting shale gas projects, nothing has fundamentally changed when it comes to the likely impacts of shale gas on the UK's energy market.

Why the Valuation of Natural Capital Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Barry Gardiner | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

"Grow your economy. And become poorer!" Not a very inspiring message. It doesn't even sound coherent. But however stupid it might sound, that is what is still happening in many developing countries. And if you don't believe that it is possible to grow your GDP at the same time as seeing a decline in your national wealth then consider the following...

We Still Need Precaution, Says Poritt

Green Futures | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Green Futures

The CEOs of the world's biggest chemical and agribusiness companies recently petitioned the Presidents of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council to downgrade the Precautionary Principle and focus instead on a new 'Innovation Principle'. On what grounds? That taking an excessively precautionary approach to policy-making and regulation is holding Europe back in the cut-throat world of global competitiveness.

How to Govern for Sustainability

Green Futures | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Green Futures

National leaders can learn from collaborative governance at a regional level, and should encourage it, says Duncan Jefferies. When announcing his pla...

Climate Change - Five Minutes Before Midnight

David Nussbaum | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
David Nussbaum

Climate change is still happening. There is more certainty than ever that human greenhouse emissions are the main driver of this change. Climate change is a huge threat to people, species, habitats and the places we care about. In a nutshell, that the risks posed by a changing climate are deeply concerning.

Airlines Fly Through Tax Loopholes While Burning Up Planet

Aoife O'Leary | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Aoife O'Leary

With accelerated changes to our climate, urgent action is required by the EU to end all tax breaks for aviation. The tax loopholes have no demonstrable benefit for European citizens, also apply to foreign tourists and airlines and lead to all of us, rich and poor, to involuntarily subsidise those who fly through lower take home pay.

Climate Action: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Nick Molho | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

For the international community to seize this opportunity, key countries around the globe - including the UK - must support a political race to the top, by pro-actively backing strong action to reduce emissions both domestically and internationally.

Why the UK Should Adopt a 'Can Do' Attitude to Offshore Wind

Nick Molho | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

With the publication this week of the Government's power sector delivery plan and the imminent release of its long-awaited industrial strategy for offshore wind, now is a good time to reflect on the potential costs and benefits of offshore wind.

Humans May Not Be To Blame For Climate Change, Says Tory MP Tim Yeo

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

The Tory MP in charge of overseeing the government's climate change policies has suggested humans may not be the cause of global warming. Tim Yeo s...

400 PPM, We Know What We Have to Do

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Its clear what we need to do to avoid dangerous climate change; we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels, leave the remaining ones in the ground and make the big switch to renewable energy.

EU Climate Policy Urgently Needs National Champions

Nick Molho | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

The European Parliament's vote this week against delaying the release of some 900 million carbon allowances (known as the 'back-loading' proposal) is disappointing on several grounds.

Conflicts and Conundrums: How the Venezuelan State Must Strike the Balance With its Indigenous People

Stephanie Kennedy | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK
Stephanie Kennedy

To the west of the country, the Sierra de Perij√°, a stretch of both mountains and plains, traces the conflictive border zone between Colombia and Venezuela. The region's inhabitants are, today, a mixture of indigenous groups, cattle farmers, both rich and humble, and the inevitable generational pool of all three.

Much More Than a Debate on Natural Gas

Intelligence Squared | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

The current debate on the future role of gas is much more than just that. It may signal the beginning of the end of the current UK policy strategy on energy and climate change.

The Best Building on the Park?

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

When the competition is over, the judges' scores are counted and the chairperson of the judging panel adjudicates the result, which buildings will get the medals?

Streets of Fire

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

The torch relay has come to the country, signalling the start of London's third modern Olympics. People who have worked on Games in the past tell me t...

Driverless Personalised Trains Available 24/7...Is the RailCab Project the Future of Transport?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Imagine a future where you simply press a button to have your own personal railway car waiting, day or night, to whisk you off at many times the speed of a car. And environmentally friendly, too! This is what we are designing in the 'RailCab' project.

Carbon Price Floor: What We Knew in Budget 2011 Will be Confirmed in Budget 2012

Ben Caldecott | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ben Caldecott

The UK government has correctly spotted an important problem: investors in clean power need more certainty than current policy provides.

Do You Know Where Green Electricity Will Come From?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

By:Professor Stuart Haszeldine If electricity had a colour then today that would be black, and so would the water circulating in our heating (or cool...

Supply and Demand: Key Trends in Carbon Consumption

Hugh Jones | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Tech
Hugh Jones

Regulatory pressures, the need to improve efficiency and save money, and the promise of reputational gain have driven many large organisations to look at how they can measure and reduce carbon in their own business.

Mummification, Fireworks And Freezing: Weird Ways To Go

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK

The mummification of a terminally ill man for a Channel 4 documentary might arguably stretch the boundaries of taste, but it's not the strangest optio...

'Diamond Planet' Found Near Star

Posted 25.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A gem of a world made from diamond has been discovered orbiting a tiny spinning star 4,000 light years away. The "diamond plan...