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Fracking the planet to death

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1875 days ago
Instead of easing planning laws and offering tax incentives to allow more fracking the government should ban all shale gas exploration and use tax laws to penalise all further fossil fuel exploitation. Why? Surely we need secure energy supplies in these difficult times and we need to reduce dependence on bad boys Russia. Yes, but at what cost? Anthropogenic climate change is running out of control and no one seems capable of taking the difficult decisions necessary to address this potential goba...

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A bad year for climate science deniers!

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1732 days ago
2014 will be the hottest year on record (see NOAA*) - and this is in a year that, according to those who deny the basic physics and our understanding of climate change, wasn’t supposed to be particularly warm. Climate change deniers can't blame El Niño, because there hasn't been one this year so it will be interesting to see what contortions they go through this time to deny basic physics. The reason for this being the hottest year on record is, of course, because of our ...

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OMG I agree with a lawyer!

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1704 days ago
What's worse, an American lawyer. I even have to admit that America has got it right. The First Amendment of the US constitution enshrines into law the right to free speech and freedom of the press. In the UK (and France) we go through legal contortions to try and prevent speech that 'offends' minorities or incites certain behaviours. Who decides what is offensive and what incites? The lawyer, David Rivkin, made the argument on Radio 4's PM programme (15 January 2015) that the on...

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David Cameron - unburnable carbon!

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1703 days ago
Politicians, policy makers and scientists around the world agree that if we are to avoid catastrophic changes the average global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions should not exceed 2 °C above the average global temperature of pre-industrial times. Since most greeenhouse gas emissions come from burning fossil fuels, what does this mean for our current energey policies? New research, published in Nature, gives us the answer. The research calculates how much fossil carbon n...