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COP26 and ‘The Great Law of Peace’

Don’t blame them; the sherpas, the civil servants and Ministers. They did their best, struggling to get commitments (rather than conditional brackets) out of COP26 negotiations. Surviving on caffeine and little sleep, they genuinely tried to get something meaningful past fossil fuel lobbyists and national vetoes. In the end, everyone had something to grumble about.…

Living in the Overshoot

“Don’t choose extinction”. This was the simple advice offered by a dinosaur in the UN’s CGI video message to global leaders. The question is whether any have the sense to heed it. The chaotic upheavals surrounding Glasgow’s COP26 gathering suggest the message is not getting through fast enough. To be fair, there were hopeful signs.…

Keystone COPout

Sometimes there are events that make you rail in anger. Others make you weep. Reading the government’s plethora of ‘net zero’ policy papers ahead of November’s COP26 climate conference, I could barely hold back the tears. It wasn’t their lack of ambition but the absence of a route map (with sufficient resources and urgency) that…

Men (and Women) in Dark Times

In her book Men in Dark Times, the philosopher Hannah Arendt coined the notion of inner emigration. What was it that stood in the way of so many prominent/influential people challenging the rise of Hitlerism or organising escape routes from it? From the biographies she explored, Arendt concluded that many found the external realities of…

Are local authorities equipped to reach net zero?

Are local authorities equipped to reach net zero? “Only rapid and drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in this decade can prevent climate breakdown” – Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor. This Inquiry could not be more timely or important. Before the last election, I set up scientific briefings for MPs calling for a step…

Willing the Ends, Willing the Means

The ‘Sun Ship’ (Das Sonnenschiff) is a small community in the Vauban district of Freiburg. Built in 2004, it is one of the earliest examples of ‘energy-plus’ housing; developments that generate more electricity than the community itself consumes. Powered entirely by solar energy (and storage), and designed to high standards of natural heating and cooling,…

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Alan's Eco House

Turning a derelict lace hall into an eco home in the middle of Nottingham had some important reasons. It was always how I wanted to live. It was something I had bleated on about for years but not got round to doing...

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Transformation Moment

My pamphlet 'Transformation Moment' is intended to support the case for a radical shift in energy thinking; as much about democracy as technology, and about 'systems' rather than just supply.

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JUST IN: 86 human rights organisations have called on the EU to ban NSO Group & take every action possible to stop the sale of the Israeli company’s Pegasus spyware.

This is why:

JUST IN: 86 human rights organisations have called on the EU to ban NSO Group & take every action possible to stop the sale of the Israeli company’s Pegasus spyware.

This is why:

Seems to work really well in Denmark where
- energy has been nationalised since 1973
- it is run as a ‘not-for-profit’ service, not a market,
- it operates through a series of local/regional cooperatives, and
- all co-ops must supply combined heat and power services.

Emma Pinchbeck@ELPinchbeck

I wouldn’t describe it as an ideal time to say taxpayers should buy supply companies, & loads of expensive gas, probably face losses or higher bills, and also reduce innovation for warmer, greener homes. But what do I know I just do energy and climate stuff for a living. https://t.co/hcgZVgPVBO

He’s spot on in saying that anyone still clinging to ideas that growth obsessed economics will get us out of today’s (existential) climate crisis is definitely Christmas Past. Yesterday’s politics would sink us all. So would today’s. Labour has yet to grasp this.

Jim Pickard@PickardJE

one Starmer loyalist observes:

“Does John McDonnell think the ghost of Christmas future was good?” https://t.co/B3iuoyBzFj

If being asked to wear a mask in some places during a global pandemic is really the greatest "oppression" you've ever faced in your life, you seriously do not know how charmed a life you've had.

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