Tagged: UK

Minister of silly talks - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 17, 2010

Apparently there’s too much preaching going on from climate scientists. That’s the message from the UK’s new climate change minister, Greg Barker. Of all the things the minister might have found to say this is surely one of the silliest. Reuter’s report found its way into the Waikato Times and disturbed my evening equilibrium. Extraordinarily, [...] … Read More

Offshore energy for export - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 23, 2010

Ben McNeil’s scenario, in The Clean Industrial Revolution, of Australia as a future source of renewable energy exported to its Asian neighbours was of necessity somewhat speculative. However a major report published this week laid out, in very concrete terms, the possibility of the UK becoming a net exporter of renewable energy, not solar in [...] … Read More

Miliband: denialism profoundly dangerous - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 31, 2010

At risk of further accusation of being over-impressed by politicians’ words I welcome what Ed Miliband is reported as saying in today’s leading article in the Observer. He declared a “battle” against the “siren voices” who denied global warming was real or caused by humans, or that there was a need to cut carbon emissions to [...] … Read More

Welcome words from a politician - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 26, 2010

“This is a century in which we will recognise that living within your means can no longer just be about money, but also must be about first living within your carbon means and second living within the natural world’s ability to support humankind over issues like fishing and deforestation.” I took pleasure in the these [...] … Read More

Dealing with sea level rise: retreat, defend, or attack? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 16, 2010

As a handy follow-up to Bryan’s post yesterday about calls to plan for sea level rise of about two metres over the coming century, a new report, Facing up to rising sea levels [PDF], examines how two British coastal cities, Portsmouth and Hull, might cope. According to the Guardian coverage, Hull could become a “Venice-like [...] … Read More