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  • Blog Post: Copenhagen fever

    I don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s a meeting taking place in Copenhagen this week. It’s about climate change. Of course you know about it - newspapers, TV channels, radio stations and the internet have been abuzz with excitement about this meeting of the world leaders...
  • Blog Post: Invest in the future, Darling!

    Tomorrow is pre-budget report day. Hello? Hello? Oh, you are there. I thought I’d lost you for a moment. It may not sound terribly exciting, but the pre-budget report is of huge importance to the birds, wildlife and nature we care about. The decisions our political leaders take to fix...
  • Blog Post: A postcard from Barcelona

    This week sees world leaders gathered in Barcelona to try to find a way forward before December’s crunch meeting of the UN climate change convention in Copenhagen. Here, our Head of Climate Change Policy, Ruth Davis, gives us her thoughts as the talk begins. Once again, representatives from...
  • Blog Post: RSPB responds to climate committee report – renewable energy in harmony with nature?

    The Climate Change Committee (CCC) published a major report on the future of renewable energy in the UK today. The RSPB has welcomed the report and its headline conclusion that renewable energy has serious potential to deliver in the UK. Why? Because wildlife is already feeling the heat from climate...
  • Blog Post: What are the impacts of wind power on birds?

    As one of Europe’s leading wildlife charities, the RSPB’s work is all about ensuring that birds and other wildlife can thrive – forever. Climate change poses the single biggest threat to birds and other wildlife. Current science suggests that one third of all land-based species could...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RSPB backs calls for greater EU ambition on climate change

    Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has this week called for the EU to stay ambitious on climate change . Critically, he put forward a proposal that the EU adopts a new climate target for 2030 that would see European emissions cut by half against 1990 levels. Climate change...
  • Blog Post: Cancun - Its a deal

    Some good news at last! The UN climate talks in Cancun have ended in a deal which represent a small but significant step towards a global climate deal that keeps global climate change within ‘safe’ limits. In addition to some solid commitments, including a new green climate fund that...
  • Blog Post: New evidence of climate impacts on American birds

    A new report by the RSPB's sister organisation in the USA, the Audubon Society, with collaborators including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, details the profound impacts of climate change on US bird populations - and possible trends in the future. The findings include: • Oceanic birds are...
  • Blog Post: Big Climate Connection - report back

    Here's some news from a couple of RSPB volunteer campaigners who went to see their MP last weekend as part of the Big Climate Connection. Mike and Joan Abrams attended a Big Climate Connection lobby at Mottram Court House, the surgery of Jonathan Reynolds, the new Labour MP for Stalybridge and...
  • Blog Post: UK makes a big announcement - but must be braver still

    UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne, with his counterparts in France and Germany, Jean-Louis Borloo and Dr Norbert Röttgen, last Thursday published a statement calling on Europe to increase its greenhouse gas reduction target to 30% cuts by 2020. The climate ministers'...
  • Blog Post: Dusk falls Durban - will there be a deal?

    Posted by John Lanchbery in Durban The negotiations look like going right down to the wire here in Durban – if not considerably beyond the wire and well into tomorrow. If this turns out to be the case then it will probably be a good thing because they do not carry on negotiating when there is...
  • Blog Post: Cold snap - hotter planet?

    You might be asking: if global warming is happening, why is Britain under a big freeze? It seems ironic that after the failed Copenhagen climate talks, we're shivering through one of the coldest winters in 30 years . Just bear in mind that 'global warming' is a rather misleading phrase as...
  • Blog Post: It’s happening, now we need to do something about it – come to our climate conference!

    New research confirms what we already knew! This time it’s not that sport is good for your health or smoking is bad for you, but that climate change is happening – and the earth has warmed by about one degrees on average over the last century. This is what the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature...
  • Blog Post: Notes from Cancun: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing

    Day 2: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing Today was strategy day. We headed out to the University of the Caribbean past the burgeoning hotel complexes on the sand spit that is Cancun. Representatives of hundreds of NGOs flocked together under the umbrella of the Climate Action Network,...
  • Blog Post: Would you pay for an energy system that respects nature?

    I’ve been doing a lot of work with RSPB colleagues across the UK recently looking at our policy on energy and renewables and asking whether it’s fit for the challenges ahead. In a nutshell, our policy is that we want a renewable energy revolution in harmony with nature. If you’re...
  • Blog Post: Can we make a UK without fossil fuels our New Year’s resolution?

    Helen Blenkharn Climate Change Policy Officer It’s that time of year again when our energy use soars through the roof as we warm our homes from the January weather - the extra couple of degrees on the central heating, the extra hour with the gas fire on in the evening, the higher setting on...
  • Blog Post: What the record summer Arctic ice melt might be telling us

    The record breaking summer Arctic ice melt last month got lots of media attention. Doubtless you’ll have seen this, so I’ll just report that that the difference between the new record and the old is about the size of Texas, which has a kind of irony, and leave the facts at that – you...
  • Blog Post: The cost of windfarms (subsidies, tax payers money, efficiency)

    So, we’ve made the case as to why wind power needs to play an important role in the future along with other sources of renewable energy, but can we afford it? Many people think wind power in particular costs too much. The Daily Telegraph, for example, reported that green policies will add £300...
  • Blog Post: Enjoy nature with a low carbon footprint!

    Jim Densham – Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate), Scotland. Way back in July, when the days were long and there were leaves on the trees, I wrote in this blog about Green Travel to Green Places , my RSPB sabbatical. My plan was to travel to RSPB reserves in Scotland to collect stories...
  • Blog Post: Cold snow and climate change

    Much of the UK is hunkering down for a weekend of expected snow. My friend Andrew, along with farmers across the land, will be bracing himself for a hard slog of feeding animals – he sent me this today from Wiltshire: It is January, when snow probably should be expected here, and it’s...
  • Blog Post: Biofuels cause disaster for birds and climate in Africa

    We launched a new report on biofuels today. It was based on some work we commissioned to support our campaign to protect the Dakatcha woodlands in Kenya . Dakatcha is a beautiful area of dry tropical woodland with patches of scrub and farmland speckled throughout. It’s home to 20,000 people...
  • Blog Post: Big Climate Connection takes off

    Starting from today, over 1300 Stop Climate Chaos volunteers from across the country will be meeting their local MP to call on them to put climate change back on the top of the agenda. This couldn’t come at a more important time, with the climate negotiations in Cancun fast approaching and a new...
  • Blog Post: Worms are like marmite!

    In honour of Go Green Week , we've handed the climate blog over to colleagues to share what they are doing in their own lives to make a difference. Our second blogger is Kim Matthews. Kim is Campaigns Officer and works in our Norwich office. “We are all worms, but I do believe I am a...