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How Green is my Government?

Written for publication in May 2011.                                                 ‘ by their fruits ye shall know them’                                                                                                                                        Matthew 7.20 In politics, the fog of war is replaced by the miasmas of spin and the murk of tabloid trash. It takes a … Continue reading

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Climate Risk

Written for publication in May 2006. Climate change will be the dominant issue of the 21st Century. There is now consensus within the scientific community that not only is the problem caused by human activities but that it is more … Continue reading

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Understanding Wicks: a handy guide

Written for publication in January 2006. On January 23rd. the Guardian ran a long interview with Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks. This is a handy guide to the interpretation of his remarks. The Minster believes ‘there are virtually no practical obstacles … Continue reading

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Costing the climate

Written for publication in July 2005. To their considerable surprise, British journalists at Gleneagles were approached by members of the US delegation wishing to comment on a recent report by the House of Lords Committee on Economic Affairs.  This report, … Continue reading

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Emissions Trading

Written for publication in May 2005. Like all good theories, the theory of emissions trading is elegant. Governments establish an overall limit of the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted. Enterprises are then allocated permits to emit the … Continue reading

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Brent Spar – Ten Years After

Written for publication in March 2005. As John Major rose to answer questions in the House of Commons one Tuesday afternoon in 1995, Chris Fay, then Chairman of Shell UK was flying back to Britain from the Hague. Questioned on … Continue reading

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Life after death

Written for publication in June 2001. Climate change has much in common as an issue with nuclear disarmament and trade liberalisation. All three issues go to the heart of the prospects for human well being; all combine ferocious technical complexity … Continue reading

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