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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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Let’s boycot these evil polluters

Glastonbury aftermath

It turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  According to the Carbon Majors Report 2017: “Over half of global industrial emissions since human-induced climate change was officially recognized can be traced to just 25 corporate and state producing entities.” This …

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Severe storm damage ahead

UK Storm

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned its members to prepare for increasing storm damage to UK properties as global temperatures rise.  A new report conducted for the ABI by AIR Worldwide predicts that global temperature increase of just 1.5oC – which some scientists believe could happen as soon …

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Peak green technology

Peak green technology

Given the number of crowd funding green energy scams that make their way across social media, you would be forgiven for thinking that green technology is in its infancy.  Worryingly, though, there are signs that genuine progress in green technology may be slowing. This, at least, is a concern raised …

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A coal-free publicity stunt?

Coal Power

News that Britain enjoyed its first coal free day since the start of the industrial revolution was broadly welcomed last week.  But check behind the headlines and it is not clear that the UK really was coal-free after all. Most obviously, industrial users including the UK’s steelworks were still burning coal, …

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Sinclair’s law in action

Sinclair's Law

American author and occasional politician Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. once famously observed that: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Nowhere is the truth of this observation more clearly seen than in Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s recent dismissal of …

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The EU considers ditching its energy targets

EU Climate targets

The European Union is considering lowering its energy saving targets after 2021 according to Robert-Jan Bartunek at Reuters: “The text drafted by the Maltese presidency of the European Council proposes new annual energy savings targets of 1.4 percent through 2030, down from 1.5 percent proposed by the European Commission. “A …

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