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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
Calls for a Thames Estuary Airport rejected... for the 7th time since 1946
The Transport Select committee’s rejection of a Thames Estuary Airport will not be the final word so we won’t be cracking open the fair-trade fizzy pop just yet – that should come later when the Davies commission (we hope) hammers home the final nail. The Thames and its mighty estuary...
10 May 2013
We need to help UK wildlife adapt to climate change
For a long time, climate change has felt like a distant problem; a cause of concern for our children’s children maybe, but not us. No longer, however, as our climate is changing before our eyes and we’re being forced to cope with a seemingly endless series of floods and droughts. But if you...
8 May 2013
If climate change is starting to sound like a broken record...
If you want the latest global climate statistics, here they are. Last year was the ninth warmest on record, says the World Meteorological Organisation’s statement on global climate for 2012 . At 0.45°C above the 1961-90 average, it’s the 27th consecutive year above the long term average...
3 May 2013
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
A trip to the far north
RSPB Scotland Trainee Ecologist, David Freeman, on his first trip to Forsinard Flows . A trip to the far north The Flow country of Scotland is one of the most important and dynamic landscapes in the world, its deep peats have built up over thousands of years locking away masses of carbon and preserving...
17 Apr 2013
What connects your home with the wilds of Southern USA?
Continuing our theme on bioenergy, we invited Danna Smith, Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance to share the threat it poses to America's forests and wildlife... I was born and raised on the Atlantic coast of the Southern US. I spent most of my youthful years romping around in the woods, building...
12 Apr 2013
Wood... a burning issue?
Guest blogger: Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer My final couple of weeks in the RSPB climate change team are set to be exciting, as MPs prepare to debate the UK’s Energy Bill, which will shape the energy sources used to power Britain for the next forty years. This vital piece of...
10 Apr 2013
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...
27 Mar 2013
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