I am writing this blog from Tanzania where, on Friday I met some villagers from Kisarawe, which is a three-hour drive north west of Dar es Salaam. The villagers have been affected by a massive landgrab by a British company called Sun Biofuels.
We have a serious challenge in the UK which must be addressed and acted upon in the next few years in the interests of us all - what forms of energy will power our country, our homes and our businesses in the near future?
We have learned that we live in a very unfair land, where there is no such thing as Big Society, where a Prime Minister's talk of countervailing austerity-related job losses via UK participation in the green industrial revolution is just so much talk.
Could one do the right thing for the wrong reasons? Yes. Does it matter that it is for the wrong reasons? It does, if it
Here's a funny thing. It was possible to stay perfectly busy at the climate talks without going anywhere near the actual talks. This was not about sitting around gossiping over a cup of coffee, although there seemed to be plenty of that going on. Nor was it about dressing up as a polar bear or a lump of coal and waving placards outside.
With delegates, energy/environment ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions.
Wind farms will never be able to meet a significant part of our power generation needs for the simple reason that we cannot manage the wind. We aren't going to stop wanting power when the wind drops!
Renewable energy has an urgent and substantial role to play in our energy supply. Yes, there are important initial costs that come with supporting them, but these costs are absolutely dwarfed by those the world economy will have to bear in trying to adapt to the worst impacts of climate change.
Reports that wind farms have been forced to close overnight because its been too windy, have not only had the National Grid
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will attack those who doubt the future of renewable energy later, branding them "curmudgeons