They say a week is a long time in politics, but what about sport, not to mention finance? The past seven days have been remarkable if for nothing more than their volatility, with headlines changing faster than terrorism alerts on British motorways. Is mentioning the tennis a bit like mentioning the weather? So obvious a topic as to make this entire blog worthless, and likely to jinx any chance of a sunny outlook?
Brits don't really want to be branded. A favourite pastime might be moaning about the state of our country, but woe betide any other nationality finding fault with our home state. We have the best of everything, and sometimes the worst (I'm thinking mainly about the weather, although you can take your pick from the economy, our teeth and all manner of other stereotypical issues) but it is ours, which counts for a lot. The past week has showcased that in all its glory.
This summer all eyes will be on London as it hosts the world's biggest sporting event. So far media debate has focused on whether the government is prepared in terms of transport and security but there is another vital element of infrastructure that is not being considered: the risk to residents and businesses of large scale flooding.
So here we are enjoying the last throws of May. I look back at Spring 2012 and admit it has been quite mixed, with summer arriving in March, followed by monsoon conditions in April... So what's the outlook for this summer? Given how busy the nations' diary is, the pressure is on...
A great irony of living on the "Blue Planet" is that while over 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, humans can only use less than one percent of it easily.
This week as the UK basked in the first rays of spring, the economy appeared to be looking towards sunnier times. Forecasts from the British Chambers of Commerce show just enough growth in the last quarter for the UK to avoid falling into a second recession.
With a new report from the IPCC on managing the risks associated with extreme weather and continued weather phenomena attracting media attention, it ...
Is this current dry spell something to worry about or should concerns be left to the workings of the water companies? Is it a blip or a trend that could see significant water shortages in the near future that will affect our everyday living?
The way many people think about the future of our civilisation reminds me of the joke in which somebody jumps from a skyscraper and, while passing the 10th floor, concludes that "up to now everything has gone fine...".
Strange but true: the number of people who doubt that climate change is human caused has, if anything, increased in the UK and US over a period when uncertainties in the science have been narrowing.
It's serious, say the nation's news people. Question: how serious is it? Answer: It is seriously serious. The serious nature of these serious allegations can not be understated, but there's not much understatement from this country's newsrooms.
This week we are running Big Energy Week - a campaign to help people save money on their energy bills, get advice on any fuel debts and make sure people are getting all of the help available.
Through 2010 and 2011 in particular, weather extremes seemed to dominate the headlines. Extreme drought, rainfall, flood and wind all played a role in...
Ultimately, I think it will be women who make the difference as it became clear to me that at the moment climate change affects women more than it does men. One of our delegates - Beatrice Nyambeki - is from Kenya, gave a speech about how climate change affects girls and young women in Kenya.
If you're moaning about the weather or the economy this Christmas, don't! We had it easy in the UK during 2011. This year will go down in history as one expensive and lengthy meteorological and environmental disaster. I
After two busy weeks, the Durban COP was extended by a full day and then went well into a second, with long nights of negotiation along the way. Event...