Are we witnessing an about-turn in energy thinking in the UK? The Labour government, worried by climate change and energy security, is in the middle of a review on energy that will be published in the summer. All the pundits believe though that the government will commit itself to a new generation of nuclear power … Read More
As we blogged yesterday some environmentalists are questioning the ecological impact of biofuels. Now it seems they are also questioning the latest “alternative energy” source in Spain: Olive pips.
Tomorrow the EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will present the “eagerly-awaited” Green Paper on Energy Policy, where he will outline a common European response to issues such as energy security and climate change.
Once again Britain’s credentials as a leader in the fight against climate change are being undermined. Tomorrow, one of the country’s leading scientific research organizations – the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) – will vote on closing three strategic research centres.
They may be in favour at the White House, but a new report attacks the concept of biofuels being the panacea for either climate change or energy security. Written by the British-based think tank Science in Society (ISIS), it says that Biofuels have gained prominence from politicians and environmentalists because they are “carbon neutral”, in … Read More
The UK had nearly three times as many as its nearest rival: Poland has seven, the Czech Republic six, Spain five and Germany four. So much for Britain’s green and pleasant land. The UK had nearly three times as many as its nearest rival: Poland has seven, the Czech Republic six, Spain five and Germany … Read More
Two contrasting views of Africa this week in the British press. On Wednesday The Financial Times published a “Special Report” on Africa’s oil and gas, giving it an upbeat assessment. Under the headline: “Continent all set to balance power” the paper reported how: “West Africa, with its copious reserves of natural gas, its sweet light … Read More
A new study in the journal Science has found that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast it is contributing to the rise in global sea levels. The first ever satellite study of the continent’s ice inventory has revealed that Antarctica is releasing around 35 cubic miles of water into the sea each year, … Read More
I always thought the one problem with carbon markets or pollution credits is that they allow companies to carry on polluting. They don’t actually fix the problem. Now the UK policy group, the Cornerhouse has published a briefing attacking carbon trading. It was also published by the think think, Foreign Policy in Focus. According to … Read More
So the spiral of violence in Nigeria continues. Although six hostages being held by militant youths in the Delta region of Nigeria have been released, a further three are still being held.