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RSPB welcomes Drax move to abandon forest-burner plant
Drax have today announced that they are abandoning plans for a huge biomass power plant in Yorkshire that alone would have consumed about 1.9 million tonnes of wood each year. See here for the story. The RSPB welcomes this announcement as good news for wildlife and good news for the climate, and are...
22 Feb 2012
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
From our own correspondent at the UN climate change talks
This week has seen the countries of the world back around the negotiating table, trying to drum out some of the details of what the next global agreement on climate change should look like. The RSPB has been there, reminding negotiators of their responsibilities to the world - humans and wildlife! ...
6 Aug 2010
A day in the life... Bonn talks draw towards close
John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference Thursday and a warm, humid morning breaks over the climate change talks in Bonn. Up early to ensure that I am sufficiently alert to chair the daily NGO 'political coordination' at nine. Catch the local...
14 Jun 2013
Angels hosting climate talks
John Lanchbery from the Bangkok UN climate meeting The UN climate talks in Bangkok are drawing to a close. After running straight through the weekend, typically for at least twelve hours each day, everyone is feeling a bit tired now. This is not helped by the fact that, as the guide books say, Bangkok...
5 Sep 2012
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...
7 Sep 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
Turning a blind eye to illegal logging
If I import a lorry load of stolen bicycles, successfully slipping them through border control and into the country, I could still get into a lot of trouble with the police for being in possession of stolen goods. And rightly so. For every stolen good there is a crime that has been committed and a victim...
21 Sep 2010
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