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  • Blog Post: Olympic football with renewable energy

    Excellent article about our global greenhouse budget in Rolling Stone (a hark back to 1970s student days for me, never thought I’d be reading that in work time!), which outlines that the world’s energy companies are now sitting on fossil fuel reserves which would lead to five times the greenhouse...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Nature, adaptation and climate change at Bonn

    It’s good to step out occasionally and gain a wider perspective on things, and the three-day Bonn meeting on climate change and nature conservation in Europe was a particularly good occasion. It mixed ecology, policy and economics – ambitious, but the three pillars needed to get things done...
  • Blog Post: RSPB welcomes tidal power in Scotland

    Scottish Power Renewables announced today that they’ve been given the go ahead to build 10 underwater tidal turbines in the Sound of Islay in Scotland. This is great news. Tidal stream technologies like this could play a really important role in generating lots of low carbon electricity in the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Nearing the need for a global greenhouse peak

    Helpfully confirming the mess we're in over climate climate, the new AVOID report surely must help to redouble efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The headline messages are stark. An evens chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius is no longer feasible - 1.6 is the very...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: How can I help stop Climate Change? The clue is in the title

    Inspired by Matt's call to action a couple of days ago, a guest blog from Olivia Betts in the RSPB's Public Relations team I am partial to a bit of blogging me, so when Dr Olly Watts our Senior Climate Change Policy Officer was chatting about actually doing things instead of just worrying...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Forget to Email David Cameron Today!

    You may remember us asking you to help us put pressure on PM David Cameron last week to show his support for 30% reduction in emissions target in his environmental speech this Thursday 26 th April. Well so far over 13,500 people have emailed the prime minister, including me, plus both Nick Clegg and...
  • Blog Post: Climate change: get the facts

    The RSPB has sent a small group of policy advocates to Copenhagen to speak up for nature and call for a truly ambitious agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. It's a no-brainer for us. We're a science-based organisation and the international consensus of climate scientists is that...
  • 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: 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: Sixty thousand join The Wave to call for climate justice

    Concern. Spirit. Passion. Hope. Those were the emotions on display as blue-clad marchers raised flags and placards high and took to the streets of London today to demand stronger Government action on climate change. Dressed in blue knit caps and top hats, riding in blue pushchairs, swathed in blue...
  • 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: Adapting to change:wildlife and people of the Inner Forth

    Dominated by the Grangemouth oil refinery and Longannet coal-fired power station, the Inner Forth in Central Scotland might seem like an odd place for a vast area of visionary wildlife conservation. But when the RSPB’s UK climate change team came together on a rainy Scottish morning, the Forth...
  • Blog Post: Ensure David Cameron Shows Support for 30% Emissions Reduction Target!

    We’ve talked at length on this blog recently about the massive threat climate change poses to birds and other wildlife. Science is revealing example after example of birds, mammals and whole ecosystems that are being harmed by a warming world. Not only that but, we depend on the earth’s...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature and climate change

    State of Nature , a scientific collaboration of 25 UK conservation organisations, saying that our species are in already trouble, my thoughts turned to consider how climate change might be part of that. Especially when this UK report follows a recent global study , suggesting that more than half of common...
  • Blog Post: Greenhouse emissions and global biodiversity - an outlook

    Guest post from Rachel Warren, Reader in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia We have just published the first global scale analysis of impacts of climate change on the climatic ranges of 50,000 widespread and common animal...
  • Blog Post: Congratulating NationalGrid on its first Sustainability Summit

    Post by Helen Blenkharn, Climate Change Policy Officer ‘What if we train our staff and they leave?’ ‘Yes, but what if we don’t train our staff and they stay?’ I laughed at this phrase, part of a role play at NationalGrid’s first ever Sustainability Summit last...
  • Blog Post: 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...