Boris Johnson cut foreign aid and ruined our chances of Cop26 success – The Independent

On Tuesday the UK parliament voted in favour of setting out conditions for returning to 0.7 per cent aid target. The tests it agreed make it impossible that the cuts will be reversed ahead of the crucial Cop26 summit. Indeed, the UK has not met the key test of returning […]

UK’s nuclear future hangs on electricity tax

by Paul Brown The new British prime minister, Boris Johnson, must soon decide whether to save the UK’s nuclear future with an unpopular electricity tax. LONDON, 21 January, 2020 ? Pressure is mounting on the UK’s new Conservative government to rescue its nuclear programme through an electricity tax, to throw […]

To tackle climate change we need to focus on opportunity not blame – LBC

Attenborough is right about how important China is, but he doesn’t seem to be very conscious of what China is already doing to tackle climate change. China is the world leader in the production of solar panels. It is the world leader on the production of electric vehicles. It is […]

Greta Thunberg is not being overly pessimistic about the urgency of climate change – Sky News

Here are some excerpts of the interview with Sky News about whether Greta Thurnberg’s speech about climate change was overly pessimistic: The reality is that climate change is nastier, and is happening faster than we thought it would, the dangers that everybody on the planet are facing are worse than […]

Climate change is happening faster that we thought – Al Jazeera

Here are some excerpts from the interview with Al Jazeera, about the record temperatures that we have experienced over the last five years, and the fact that climate change is happening faster that we thought: What the WMO are saying publicly, is what climate scientists have been saying privately for […]

Is the UK emissions target for 2050 achievable? – BBC World News

. . Climate change is a bit like diabetes, it’s a progressive disease. The earlier you do something about it, the better your chances are. I think that if we are still burning a lot of fossil fuels after 2050, then we are in very serious trouble. The prosperity and […]

How feasible is the 2050 emissions target set by the UK government? – BBC News

. . The fastest thing that we can do to get emissions down is to improve the efficiency with which we use energy, and in particular the way in which we provide heat in buildings. So that’s not really a question of people having to change their lifestyles so much […]

Politicians Declared a Climate Emergency – Here’s What They’re Really Doing

. Parliament declared a climate change crisis in May, but experts worry that it’s just PR-friendly sloganeering. . By Simon Roach | 11 June 2019, 12:14pm . Take the example of the SNP leader of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Speaking at her party’s conference in April, the first minister told the […]

What have the Extinction Rebellion protests achieved? – LBC – 20 APR 19

. This is a transcript of an interview I did for LBC with Matt Frei, discussing what has been achieved by the Extinction Rebellion protests. ‘ These protests have already achieved something, which is to change the public conversation. They have transformed it. The protests have made a real difference […]

Remarks By Tom Burke at The Prospect Trade Union Energy Summit

. Remarks by Tom Burke at The Prospect Energy Summit, Birdcage Walk, London On April 4th 2019. . Thank you for inviting me to contribute to this panel. As has already become clear, and will become even more so, climate change is one of the most serious threats to the […]