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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...
20 May 2013
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...
23 Jan 2013
What are the fossil fuel numbers behind climate change?
Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer Last year Rolling Stone magazine published an eye-opening article called ‘Global warming’s terrifying new math’ which said three numbers should be enough to convince you that we’re in serious trouble: Scientists agree that average...
16 Jan 2013
Fossil fuels - still a big deal in the UK?
Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer I hear so much about onshore wind these days, are fossil fuels even a big deal in the UK any more? Yes, they are! In fact, demand for fossil fuels in the UK could be on the verge of a resurgence! For example: So what are we actually extracting...
11 Jan 2013
Have your say - wind farms and power lines in your community
Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer We all need an electricity supply, but can we make policies and investments work better for local communities, and perhaps for wildlife and climate change at the same time? If you want to influence decisions about our energy infrastructure, two current...
5 Nov 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
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...
27 Jun 2012
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...
20 Apr 2012
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