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  • Blog Post: Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature

    Ivan Scrase, RSPB Senior climate Change Policy Officer Building the energy infrastructure that Europe needs to tackle climate change can, and must, be achieved with wildlife and nature in mind. So shows our new report Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature launched in Brussels this week. Photos...
  • Blog Post: Solar farms opening doors to show power of home grown energy

    Guest post by Paul Barwell, Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association Today, solar farms up and down the country will be opening their doors to the public in an effort to raise awareness about how solar works and the environmental benefits it can bring. It is Solar Independence Day. From Nottingham...
  • Blog Post: What has Europe ever done for green energy?

    Ivan Scrase, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer - Renewable Energy Tomorrow we will find out how the EU sees its role in climate and energy policy after 2020. In the mean time, the UK Government is reviewing of each area of EU policy ‘competence’, from agriculture to taxation. This includes...
  • Blog Post: Cloud of CO2 as delegates head to Warsaw

    As delegates head to Warsaw for the United Nations climate talks, the World Meteorological Organisation announces that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are continuing an upward and accelerating trend, which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands...
  • Blog Post: Spiralling climate risks to emerging economies

    Nearly one-third of the world's economy by 2025 will be in countries at the greatest risk climate change, says risk consultancy Maplecroft, highlighting the global impact of countries vulnerable to climate change. Its latest annual Climate Change and Risk Atlas is based on Maplecroft's Climate...
  • Blog Post: Climate change projections from IPCC?

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Advisor In the few days since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its report on climate science, there have been some liberal interpretations of what it says. One major source of confusion has been the IPCCs’ projections of future...
  • Blog Post: Science to shape our views

    There’s a lot of noise from the climate sceptics at the moment, as no doubt you’ll have seen. I’m confounded by the dismissal of science and hard information as we build and shape our views, activities and the world we live in. Of course, science rarely says things are exactly so...
  • Blog Post: Biomass standards – a missed opportunity?

    Melanie Coath, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer UK sustainability standards for bioenergy, burning wood and other organic materials for heat and power, have finally been published today by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These standards are intended to safeguard wildlife and...
  • Blog Post: Solar on a roll

    Two-thirds of all solar PV operating worldwide has been installed since January 2011. Perhaps perceived as the Cinderella renewable, a new dawn appears to be breaking for solar’s contribution to global power. Whilst It took almost four decades to install the first 50 gigawatts of solar generation...
  • Blog Post: Congratulating NationalGrid on its first Sustainability Summit

    Post by Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ‘What if we train our staff and they leave?’ ‘Yes, but what if we don’t train our staff and they stay?’ I laughed at this phrase, part of a role play at NationalGrid’s first ever Sustainability Summit last...
  • Blog Post: Wanted – 31 million tonnes of wood. Must be sustainable.

    Every household in the UK could soon be paying £50 extra on their electricity bills to pay for a boom in electricity production from burning wood at an industrial scale. Surely FSC accreditation of that wood to ensure forests aren’t being destroyed just to keep the lights on is not too much...
  • Blog Post: Biodiversity and people on the front line

    With climate change increasingly affecting wildlife and nature conservation, our new report published with Natural England and WWF-UK shows that the Earth's wildlife and natural systems are already showing significant impacts. It’s a timely to our political leaders - and to us all - just what's...
  • Blog Post: Eurocrats save the World? – EC gets ball rolling

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Change Advisor We are not on course to save the world from climate change. Emissions are not heading downwards so as to ensure an average global temperature rise of less than two degrees, the target agreed by all nations. Instead they are surging upwards towards a...
  • Blog Post: Can we make a UK without fossil fuels our New Year’s resolution?

    Helen Blenkharn Climate Change Policy Officer It’s that time of year again when our energy use soars through the roof as we warm our homes from the January weather - the extra couple of degrees on the central heating, the extra hour with the gas fire on in the evening, the higher setting on...
  • Blog Post: Cold snow and climate change

    Much of the UK is hunkering down for a weekend of expected snow. My friend Andrew, along with farmers across the land, will be bracing himself for a hard slog of feeding animals – he sent me this today from Wiltshire: It is January, when snow probably should be expected here, and it’s...
  • Blog Post: Making waves on the energy scene

    Helen Blenkharn, RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer Last week we posted a blog on our concerns about proposals for a Severn Barrage that are being discussed by a Government committee . The project would involve a shore-to-shore barrage across the Severn Estuary, with potentially catastrophic consequences...
  • Blog Post: Rising panic, hard choices and not many birds

    John Lanchbery, at the Doha UNFCCC conference Sunday, and I am just back from an early morning walk around the dhow wharf, one of last remnants of the old pearl fishing village of Doha. The rest of the city is brand, spanking new and stretches far out into the deserts of Qatar. Thanks to its huge...
  • Blog Post: Climate check – It’s report time for the Coalition

    Climate check – It’s report time for the Coalition The RSPB has been working on a Green Alliance-led project with fellow NGOs WWF, Christian Aid and Greenpeace to carry out a rigorous assessment of the Coalition Government’s performance on climate change, 16 months on from when it...
  • Blog Post: Ever wonder how the RSPB intends to reduce its carbon footprint?

    So, I took last week to explain the RSPB’s position on wind energy, its importance in our efforts to tackle climate change, potential impact on birds and wildlife as well as addressing the issue of cost and efficiency. And now I have an announcement. We are, today, unveiling plans to build a...
  • Blog Post: Nearing the need for a global greenhouse peak

    Helpfully confirming the mess we're in over climate climate, the new AVOID report surely must help to redouble efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The headline messages are stark. An evens chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius is no longer feasible - 1.6 is the very...
  • Blog Post: Upping the stakes for Arctic protection

    The polar ends of our world are incredibly special places – cold, wild and remote, little known by most of and yet with an amazing pull on our consciousnesses. Whilst Antarctica is protected by its UN Treaty, the Arctic is open to territorial claims from several countries and commercial interests...
  • Blog Post: RSPB joins call to make UK energy policy fit for purpose

    From Ivan Scrase, RSPB Senior Climate Change Policy Officer With the UK’s energy policy proposals under fire from MPs, the National Audit Office and the Major Projects Authority, it is clear some new thinking is needed. There is no doubt it is an immense challenge to find workable policies that...
  • Blog Post: Solar power for Hope Farm

    Guest post from Charmian Flowerday, RSPB Project Manager Last Monday was quite a special day for me – Now don’t get me wrong, I know that going to visit a farm in a small village in Cambridgeshire to see construction work might not be everyone’s idea of an inspiring way to spend...
  • Blog Post: Yes, wind turbines really do save carbon emissions!

    Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer I regularly get asked ‘do wind turbines save carbon emissions?’ A recent report by the Committee on Climate Change looks at the UK’s carbon footprint and the lifecycle emissions from different types of electricity supply and so answers...
  • Blog Post: Making biomass work

    Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...