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One thing we have learnt this week- why are cyclists an oppressed minority

Are cyclists an oppressed minority ?  Perhaps oppressed is not quite the right word which I do not like to trivialise, but it does feel that way.  Let me just say cyclists are not always right.  I think the way … Continue reading

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How to communicate climate change

How do you communicate climate change?  This is a question that I have talked about with concerned friends for many years.  Last night I went to a joint eco-congregation/TEARFUND event where Katherine Hayhoe and Alistair Macintosh were the main speakers.  … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- energy company obligation problems

Problems that is with the energy company obligation (ECO) have come to light this week.  One way to enable the poorest to cope with high energy prices is give them cheaper energy but also make their homes more energy efficient.  … Continue reading

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global climate emissions set to increase

Global climate emissions are set to increase this year by 2%.  This is an unexpected, unwelcome surprise and is thought to be due to China.  EU and other developed country emissions have dropped, but by less than was expected.  The … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Bonn climate talks

It was two years ago I went with a group of Christians by bike to Paris.  This year the follow-up COP23 talks are being held in Bonn.  After the failure of Copenhagen I personally didn’t set off with high hopes.  … Continue reading

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New national forest charter

You’ve heard of the Magna Carta probably but have you heard of the forest charter?  The Magna Carta was forced on King John of England in 1215 and is thought of as one the foundations of democratic rights.  A couple of … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Germany gets free wind power

Germany got free wind power last weekend as windpower broke new European records.  Last weekend windpower generated over 60% of German electricity demand.  So much electricity was generated from the wind that the wholesale price of electricity turned negative.  This … Continue reading

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Is there any such thing as a sustainable holiday?

Is there any such thing as a sustainable holiday?  The answer is of course no.  Every human activity has some environmental effect and the great majority of these are negative.   Tourism has been in  the news a lot recently with … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cost of energy review

The energy economist Dieter Helm was asked to lead a “cost of energy review” for the government.  This has just been published.  His terms of reference were to work out ways of decarbonising the energy system whilst having cheap energy.   … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – food waste

There is good news on food waste this week.  The supermarkets are going to use green satsumas.  Or at least the skins are green.  The insides are a normal orange colour but the skins have not gone orange due recent … Continue reading

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