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SUSTAINABLE SEVERN – MAKING THE MOST OF THE ESTUARY
Tony Whitehead, RSPB South West Regional Office With the DECC Minister Greg Barker saying yesterday that it’s not at all realistic that a Severn Barrage Bill will come before parliament this term we think now is the ideal time for everyone to take stock and look anew at generating power from...
1 Mar 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
Money trickles in for peatland restoration.
Jim Densham, RSPB Scotland Would you call £1.7m a trickle of money? Probably not. Think what you might do with all that dosh. The Scottish Government has just announced this amount of new funding for peatland restoration from its Green Stimulus Package. Good news, and we said so . But £1...
24 Oct 2012
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,...
9 Oct 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
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...
5 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
Stop the scam in forest carbon accounting
Don’t get us wrong. The RSPB is absolutely behind efforts to revive the UN process and achieve a global climate treaty for 2012 and beyond. But there’s a scam at the heart of the negotiations, a scam that needs to be exposed if these talks are to produce anything worthwhile. What...
31 Mar 2010
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