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Paris climate deal to cost far more

A report by Ceres consultancy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that $12.5 trillion of investment – 75 percent more than envisaged in the COP21 agreement – will be needed to meet the proposed emissions targets. With global government debt currently running at more than $57 trillion, and private …

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Guess who just called time on Tory energy policies…

You won’t have seen this widely reported in mainstream media, but leading UK businesses have expressed growing alarm about the insanity of a government energy policy based almost entirely on the hope (it is no more than that) that it will be possible to produce more than a few months’ supply …

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No easy answers

Sailing Ship

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness; the other to total extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly – Woody Allen An excerpt from Tim Watkins’ book: The Consciousness of Sheep Here’s a predicament …

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What US fracking could learn from Welsh coal

title image on coal and fracking

As a young man I occasionally haunted the Great Western Hotel, located next to Cardiff Central railway station.  At that time, the walls of the back bar were adorned with photographs of old Cardiff.  Among these photographs was an image of Cardiff Bay just before the outbreak of the First …

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Will 2016 be the year of “the bigger fool than me”?

2016 image

Could 2016 be the year when the unsustainable global asset and debt bubble finally goes public?  If the years following the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008 are true to form, we may well be about to enter the “public” or “bigger fool than me” stage in the economic cycle. Geographer …

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Understanding “soft corruption”… and why we should care

Roll of cash

The ubiquitous brown envelope stuffed with cash exchanged for favours comes to mind when we think about corruption.  We might think of companies bribing government officials in order to win lucrative contracts.  We might think of bankers being generously rewarded for market rigging.  We might remember occasions where politicians were …

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UK Government threatens to bomb the Greenland Icecap

Consciousness of Sheep meme

In recent years it has become fashionable for governments to declare war on things that simply cannot be defeated.  First we had the “War on Want” (i.e. poverty).  Then came the “War on Drugs”.  And in 2001 we had the start of the “War on Terror”.  In each case, the …

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Britain still thinks it’s a great power – but it isn’t

Britain Great Power meme

Victoria Honeyman, University of Leeds In the days of empire, Britain was a force to be reckoned with. Coalitions of the willing were an unnecessary nicety. Britain’s opinion mattered, both in Europe and further afield. The current situation in Syria shows how far Britain has moved from that position. David …

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The Madness of Amber Rudd

Image of the madness of Amber Rudd

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to gamble Britain’s future on gas has shocked energy experts and climate campaigners alike.  The decision to replace the UK’s coal-fired power stations with 25 new gas-fired power stations is the latest in a string of environmentally-destructive policies rolled out by the Conservatives since …

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