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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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Let’s boycott 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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