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Britain’s farmland to disappear

Low-lying farmland

Just weeks after UK Transport Minister was condemned for making the ludicrous claim that UK farmers could make up the shortfall in food imports in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU without a trade deal, UN climate scientists have produced even more bad news.  This is because …

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Tribalism and climate change

Climate politics

There is no obvious reason why climate change should be so politically charged.  After all, atmospheric carbon rises and polar ice melts irrespective of what colour rosette a particular president or prime minister happens to wear.  As Doctor Marshall Shepherd in Forbes writes: “I too have been surprised by why …

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The two faces of climate denial

EU leaders

Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement was met with howls of disapprobation on this side of the Atlantic.  Angela Merkel was quick to proclaim that: “I think that the Paris Agreement is so important that there should not be compromises.” Then Emmanuel Macron paraphrased Trump by …

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UK government delays fracking protections

Get off my land

The government has come in for criticism over fracking from an unexpected quarter this week.  The Country Landowners Association (CLA) – a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales – has written to Energy Minister Richard Harrington MP, raising concerns about the lack …

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Human extinction guaranteed

Human extinction guaranteed

Some climate scientists revised their models this month.  Taking account of recent data, they discovered that your children will still probably die a horrible death due to climate change and its consequences; just not quite as quickly as had been thought. How this new research was reported says a great …

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Who pays for North Sea decommissioning?

Oil Decommissioning

An argument has broken out between Oil and Gas UK – the industry trade body – and an Edinburgh geologist over the future of North Sea oil.  According to Professor Roy Thompson, the end is in sight and: “The UK urgently needs a bold energy transition plan, instead of trusting …

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The environment halts UK fracking

Sand and Water

We have become accustomed to the claims and counter-claims about the damage hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may or may not do to the environment.  Earthquakes, polluted water and methane gas emissions are the most obvious.  However, concerns have also been raised about birth defects, cancers and declining bird species in areas …

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Now IS the time to talk about climate change

Hurricane from space

In the wake of the flooding of Houston, and following the devastation of UK-owned islands in the Caribbean, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas took the opportunity to ask the government whether it would be working to address the danger of climate change.  Remarkably, this question was slapped down by Foreign …

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UK Government axes climate change staff

Drought

Figures released under a Freedom of Information request indicate that climate change has been a victim of the UK government’s austerity cuts.  The request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – which plays a lead role in assisting people in some of the most at-risk countries on earth on …

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Trump’s wall won’t stop the next refugee crisis

America's climate refugees

Trump’s border wall – if it ever gets built – will not stop the next mass migration of people from swamping the USA according to a special report by Matt Zdun for CNBC: “Increasingly, the phenomenon of rising sea levels has amplified fears over climate refugees — individuals forced to …

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