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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,…

The Turning Point

Something big is happening; really big. All the pillars of smug certainty are beginning to crumble. Nothing captured this more than the ‘waste’ sculpture taunting the G7 Summit in Cornwall. The ‘Mount Recyclemore’ sculpture – made from dumped e-waste materials – symbolised far more than the 53 million tonnes of electronic goods the world throws…

Net-zero, not-zero and ground-zero

What a mess we are in. Labour loses the Hartlepool by- election with a 16% swing to the Tories. A new North-South divide is opening up. With the exception of London, Labour no longer holds the hearts and minds of its conventional heartlands. So much for new leadership, new vision. What on earth is going…

Antigonish Labour?

Labour is lost. I say this in sadness more than anger. Anger is no substitute for answers. It clouds the fact that the Left could be just as lost as the Right. Boris Johnson has bought himself some ill-deserved credibility; slowly loosening the lockdown rules and stepping up the vaccination programme. Both are welcome. But…

Tony Benn: Still our Man for all Seasons

I find it hard to accept it is 7 years since Tony Benn died. I miss his wisdom, foresight, kindness and humour. Worse still, whether the country realises it or not, we are all the poorer for the loss of Benn’s political acumen and vision. Faced with some of the biggest existential challenges in human…

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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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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Daily Telegraph:

"Britain needs to push for net zero and not blame its current power problems on the breeze dropping"

https://t.co/JxFmrK8WGP

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Daily Telegraph:

"Britain needs to push for net zero and not blame its current power problems on the breeze dropping"

https://t.co/JxFmrK8WGP

…and the drugs trade must keep trading so there are enough problems on the streets to justify intervention services.

Jon Stone@joncstone

UK government claims people must keep flying to help cut carbon emissions https://t.co/gYzU6Z4UiX

But the good news is that Boris will announce he’s postponing Armageddon for a couple of hundred years and that all Britons will be given free passports exempting them from extreme weather events.

Joss Garman@jossgarman

2 years later... Environment Bill may be delayed for a *4th time* + pushed to other side of COP26, according to this: https://t.co/d8skT1tGtn

Playing dodgems with migrant boats in the Channel has to be one of the dumbest ideas yet. Ineffective, illegal and life threatening, it will (again) make the British government look complete plonkers.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, aboard a Border Force vessel

Channel crossings: Migrant boats could be turned back in new UK move

France is strongly against the tactic, accusing the UK of breaking international maritime law.

www.bbc.co.uk

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