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What’s more unstable - our climate or the economy?
We all know that we can’t afford to burn all of our fossil fuel reserves if we’re to stay within the ‘safe’ climate change of around 2°C average global temperature rise, but a new report last week has revealed just how big the mismatch is between economic and environmental...
22 Apr 2013
Lab chops for supper, gentlemen?
Further thoughts on food and climate from Heather Ducharme, RSPB Senior Climate Change Policy Officer Our summer issue of Birds magazine featured an article on ‘shopping for sun bears’ – charming inhabitants of tropical forests in south-east Asia that are menaced by forest clearance...
3 Sep 2012
Strange weather and Nasa statistics
Matt Williams, RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer ‘I never ever want to talk about the science of climate change ever again!’ This was a line from the best talk on climate change I have ever heard, by Jonathon Porritt in 2011. For Porritt, and many others including the IPCC, the debate...
28 Aug 2012
When a developer messes up somewhere, he hurts the industry everywhere
Guest post by Kelsie Pettit, Energy and Climate Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland The above words, spoken by a colleague from Birdlife International at the European launch of the Good Practice Wind project (GP Wind), are a reflection on the global community in which we live. Our insatiable media and...
23 Aug 2012
Log jams and early flowering willow take on climate change in the Scottish Borders
From Jim Densham, Senior Land use Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland Anyone guess what this is? Is it a playground climbing frame? Or a 3-Day-Eventing hurdle from the Olympics? No - it’s a bar apex log jam. And it’s a simple, cost effective measure that farmers in the Scottish borders are using...
17 Aug 2012
Olympic football with renewable energy
Excellent article about our global greenhouse budget in Rolling Stone (a hark back to 1970s student days for me, never thought I’d be reading that in work time!), which outlines that the world’s energy companies are now sitting on fossil fuel reserves which would lead to five times the greenhouse...
9 Aug 2012
Adapting to change:wildlife and people of the Inner Forth
Dominated by the Grangemouth oil refinery and Longannet coal-fired power station, the Inner Forth in Central Scotland might seem like an odd place for a vast area of visionary wildlife conservation. But when the RSPB’s UK climate change team came together on a rainy Scottish morning, the Forth...
19 Jul 2012
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...
21 Jun 2012
Yummy, yummy, yummy low carbon food in my tummy!
This week is Climate week and this year it’s all about food! Personally I love food and as a vegetarian I think I can safely say that I am already doing a small part to help lower my food emissions. However there are many other things you can do to help without giving up your beloved bacon! ...
12 Mar 2012
The silent assassin
As you read this there’s a battle raging. But it’s a different kind of battle. There are no guns, bombs or explosions. The enemy is silent and often slips by unnoticed. There are signs of its presence, but the majority don’t realise what these signs are or what they mean. This is the...
9 Nov 2011
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