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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Big Climate Connection takes off

    Starting from today, over 1300 Stop Climate Chaos volunteers from across the country will be meeting their local MP to call on them to put climate change back on the top of the agenda. This couldn’t come at a more important time, with the climate negotiations in Cancun fast approaching and a new...
  • Blog Post: Letting evidence shape our minds

    A new study confirms the widely agreed science on climate change – that doesn’t sound like much of a news story. But it is: because the study was undertaken a climate sceptic who was expecting a different result, and part-funded by a well-known climate change denier. And as a good scientist...
  • Blog Post: The barrage of Severn barrage plans continues

    Helen Blenkharn , Climate Change Policy Officer It’s back again! The Severn Barrage, which has been proposed by countless developers since the end of the 10 th century, is back on the cards, with a new proposal for a £25bn scheme from Hafren Power. The proposal is on the front page...
  • Blog Post: Bad for the environment, bad for climate but global dependence on fossil fuels just keeps getting bigger...

    Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ' Carbon Bomb' projects threaten explosion in global emissions Yesterday, this was a headline in BusinessGreen. The article was about a new Greenpeace report called ‘Point of No Return’ which suggests that the world’s 14 largest...
  • Blog Post: Wind put back in the sails of renewables

    The Government today finally published their proposals for future support for renewable energy. We and many others have been waiting for these for some time, concerned about rumours that they had got held up by Treasury and then in Number 10. There have been no shortages of critics of renewables...
  • Blog Post: Developing biomass at our nature reserves

    Guest post by Sarah Alsbury, RSPB Environmental Systems Project Manager The mad thing about importing biomass to burn for energy is that we have plenty in the UK, which is often left to rot on the ground. We have this problem on many reserves, especially our wetlands. We need to cut grass, reeds,...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...