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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
As i pulled into the quayside there was a strong coastal smell. Rich, salty seaweed, damp wood from the pier, and pungent shellfish remains from the cockle van parked up at a jaunty angle. The enigmatic herring gull soundtrack was faint on this particular morning, but it was there none the less. This...
19 Nov 2012
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...
3 Oct 2012
Glaciers, rats and 100 million birds
South Georgia, ice-bound and tucked within the edge of the Southern Ocean, might not be everyone’s idea of a paradise island. Yet it’s waters are biologically richer than those around the Galapagos Islands , and it’s home to over 100 million seabirds . For six species of them, and over...
25 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
Act won, seen nothing
Allan Whyte, Parliamentary Officer, reflects on the Scottish Government's commitment to address climate change. Act won, seen nothing It’s hard to imagine a city more alive than Edinburgh is in August. Every year the festival descends upon Auld Reekie and ferments in an explosion of culture...
31 Aug 2012
Strange weather and Nasa statistics
Matt Williams, RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer ‘I never ever want to talk about the science of climate change ever again!’ This was a line from the best talk on climate change I have ever heard, by Jonathon Porritt in 2011. For Porritt, and many others including the IPCC, the debate...
28 Aug 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
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...
21 Aug 2012
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