Category Archives: New Statesman

Labour’s plan to reform our broken energy market deserves cross-party support

  This article first appeared in the New Statesman September 2013                   BY TOM BURKE PUBLISHED 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 16:33   Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze met with a predictable, if not … Continue reading

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The devil’s in the detail

Published in the New Statesman, on 6th December 2004. The next round of negotiations on climate change, beginning in Buenos Aires on 6 December, takes place amid growing alarm among scientists. Climate change seems to be occurring faster and more … Continue reading

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Kyoto prospects 1: Russia

Published in the New Statesman, on 17th May 2004. The Prime Minister called climate change “the most important issue that we face as a global community”, in a recent speech. But what really caught the attention of journalists was his … Continue reading

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Warning: drugs cost the earth

Published in the New Statesman, on 30th June 2003. The world is at war with terrorism, drugs, poverty, hunger, organised crime, intellectual property piracy and more besides. What these wars have in common is that we are losing them all. … Continue reading

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Uranium dangers

Published in the New Statesman’s special supplement on energy Power for the people, on 24th February 2003. On 24 January, Tony Blair met a group of ministers and officials in Downing Street to resolve some of the key issues in … Continue reading

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How long have we got?

Published in the New Statesman, on 16th July 2001. The environment ministers and officials who gather in Bonn from 16-27 July for the resumed negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol will not settle the fate of the earth. The more important … Continue reading

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Prepare for middle-class outrage

Published in the New Statesman, on 25th June 2001. At midday on the day after the election, Jack Straw was still talking to officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) about his impending arrival as … Continue reading

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Bush makes things hot for Americans

Published in the New Statesman, on 26th March 2001. This month, President Bush declared war on the world’s efforts to tackle the increasingly urgent problem of climate change. Writing to Senator Chuck Hagel, a longtime leading wrecker of US climate … Continue reading

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Is this the end for the green agenda?

Published in the New Statesman, on 25th September 2000. Tony Blair is not the only senior Labour politician whose carefully manicured image has been somewhat bashed about by the fuel tax protesters. Gordon Brown came into office determined to be … Continue reading

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Bananas are only the warm-up act

Published in the New Statesman, on 12th March 1999. Miscalculation causes more disasters than malice. The current round of miscalculations on trade and genetically modified (GM) foods on both sides of the Atlantic could, if unchecked, cost the 21st century … Continue reading

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