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Economic woes have an environmental bright side

Carbon

A faltering global economy may have been at least partially responsible for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, but it has had environmental benefits.  According to an analysis by the Global Carbon Project, world carbon dioxide emissions from energy and industry have remained flat for the third year in …

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Our best efforts on climate change will not be enough

Climate Change

In the course of two weeks, we have seen more international agreement and action on climate change than ever before.  On 4 October Canada introduced a carbon tax, setting a standard for other nations to follow.  On the same day the Paris climate agreement came into effect.  Two days later, …

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North Sea oil spills increase

Oil Spill

The number of oil spills from North Sea rigs has reached a 14 year high according to a report by Neil MacKay at Herald Scotland: “The revelation comes in the wake of a major spillage last weekend from oil giant BP’s Clair rig off Shetland. It has prompted fierce criticisms …

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Scientists routinely lie about climate change

ICESCAPE Mission

No, this is not another energy industry-funded claim that climate change isn’t happening.  On the contrary, this is the claim by two eminent climate scientists that the climate science community has routinely toned down its message in order to make it palatable to political and economic elites in the developed …

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Global warming limit could be passed within a decade

Polar Bear stuck on ice

Global temperatures are set to pass a key target set out in the Paris Agreement within ten years.  That’s the stark warning from Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre to a meeting of climate scientists in Oxford. According to Laurie Goering at …

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Does anyone still trust energy ratings?

TV Energy Ratings

The world was momentarily stunned when investigators discovered that software engineers at Volkswagen had rigged on-board software to detect and give false readings for emissions tests.  It soon transpired, however, that all vehicle manufacturers use tricks of one kind or another to generate fuel-efficiency and emissions readings far more flattering …

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