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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
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...
9 Aug 2012
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...
19 Jul 2012
Draft water Bill – this summer’s latest damp squib
Guest post by Rob Cunningham, Head of Water Policy Water has been big news this year, two years of poor winter rains left our rivers and wetlands drying out this spring only for torrential summer rain and floods to grab the headlines. While I’m not going to claim this weather is directly a consequence...
12 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
Scotland's rainforest: Rio+20 & peatlands
Rio+20 begins today. Our Senior Land Use Policy Officer (Climate), Jim Densham, discusses the global importance of Scotland's peat . Scotland's rainforest Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP and Secretary of State Caroline Spelman MP visited a Brazilian rainforest on Monday as...
20 Jun 2012
And so to Brazil
I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Over the past 19 days I have dipped into some of the sustainability issues which should focus the minds...
20 Jun 2012
For us or them?
I've handed the reins of my blog over to Mark Avery for most of June. Mark's sharing the successes and challenges of saving nature around the world in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Over the last 18 days I have dipped into the state of the world’s natural resources – its...
19 Jun 2012
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