climate change Archive

  • The high price to pay for fuel

    I wince as my gas and electricity bills arrive.  It’s so expensive now, domestic heating, despite all the penny-pinching things to use less fuel I’ve done to keep our costs down. But another part of me thinks that it’s a good thing that domestic fuel […]

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  • Vince Cable: A transition from governance built around nation states

    What will be the most important priority for the future well-being of both people and our planet? Making a transition from governance built around nation states to one with a strong system of global rules to deal with shared problems such as climate change and […]

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  • The wrong protest about fracking

    Green MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas writes in the Guardian today about being arrested for protesting against a fracking development in rural Sussex.  Fracking is a new technology enabling natural gas to be extracted from previously inaccessible sources, and has transformed the gas market […]

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  • How to use less fossil fuel

    It is well understood by now that the principal way to respond to the threat of climate change is to use less fossil fuel.  When fossil fuels are burned, they create carbon dioxide which accumulates in the atmosphere and traps increasing quantities of the sun’s […]

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  • Not in front of the rest of the world

    This website is going to break the habit of many years and praise chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne.  His economic policies may not be working out quite as planned, but he has said something half-sensible on the UK’s climate change strategy: “I don’t want […]

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  • Best efforts to fight climate change

    A piece in the Times (£) by Alice Thomson is the perfect illustration of how people’s horizons and thoughts about what can be achieved in politics are shaped by the political institutions under which they live. People’s concern about the environment is expressed by their […]

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  • The Spring of Civilisation?

    By Ian Hackett This September, as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine (to name just a few countries, or not-quite countries, in or near the one-time cradle of civilisation) stubbornly refuse to find a way from chaos to anything worthy of the word, […]

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  • Is there an efficient solution to climate change?

    A recent book illustrates neatly the problem of how difficult climate change will be to solve, given that different countries have starkly different interests at stake.  “The burning question”, by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, describes a number of the challenges that need to be […]

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  • That’s all right then

    The world is getting better, writes Fraser Nelson in the Daily Telegraph today.  Fitter, happier, more productive, or words to that effect. And he’s not entirely wrong.  The global economy is growing, if not here in Britain, and the embrace of modern science and modern […]

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  • Taking into account human nature

    A discussion last night lamenting what had happened to the euro with professional colleagues from some other European countries (these are people with no particular connection with the pro-European case). “A nice vision,” they said, “but it hasn’t been done well.  These problems should have […]

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