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77% of Britons want higher priority for climate change

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Guardian is reporting that a recent Global poll show that Britons are among the most enthusiastic about action to stop global warming, while Americans are among least willing to put environment first.

Only 44% of Americans thought climate change should be a major preoccupation for the Obama administration.
Britons were among the most enthusiastic supporters for […]

UK Plan to Electrify Rail Line

Friday, July 24th, 2009

A £1bn plan to electrify the main rail route between London and Swansea has been announced by the government.
A second line between Liverpool and Manchester will also be converted from diesel to electric.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at London’s Paddington station for the announcement, said improving the rail network was important for the country.
“This is […]

Greenpeace Video: Mili-band at Kingsnorth power station

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Greenpeace: It’s time to stand up to the energy giants

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Against the backdrop of the worldwide economic downturn, it is ironic that the area often said to have the least business certainty, the renewables sector, is one of the few success stories. Globally this industry is bucking the trends, creating millions of new green jobs, increasing countries’ energy independence and reducing climate-changing emissions. So it […]

Greenpeace Video: From Sea to Shelf – fisheries for the future

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

With around 80 per cent of fish stocks in trouble, species driven to extinction and ecosystems on the brink of collapse, it’s time to rethink how we harvest our oceans. This new video shows how Greenpeace has been encouraging retailers to clean up their seafood shelves – by switching to a sustainable seafood sourcing policy […]

Nothing new in government’s carbon plan, say Greens

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Responding to today’s government announcement of a “low carbon plan,” Caroline Lucas MEP said:
“There is nothing really new here. The targets still lag behind the science. There’s still the same old preference for nuclear, which isn’t green and won’t deliver the short-term CO2 reductions we urgently need.
“The same 400,000 green jobs by 2015 were announced […]

UK climate strategies must lead to urgent and rapid emission cuts

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Commenting on reports about next week’s Government strategies for tackling climate change, Friends of the Earth’s Campaigns Director Mike Childs said:
“The cost of tackling climate change will be dwarfed by the financial and human consequences of failing to act.
“Creating a safer future by cutting energy waste and developing the UK’s vast renewable energy potential can […]

Domestic wind turbines could ‘power 800,000 UK homes’

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The Guardian reports that Domestic wind turbines could ‘power 800,000 UK homes’
“Small domestic wind turbines could provide enough clean electricity to power more than 800,000 UK homes, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Previous studies have suggested that small turbines in residential areas fail to generate enough power to justify their installation.”
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Gordon says: Britain’s green revolution will power economic recovery

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Writing in the Guardian Mr Brown compares the coming changes in Britain to the changes that occurred during the Industrial Revolution…
“Just as the Victorians made Britain the first industrialised nation and reaped the rewards, so we can harvest the benefits of being among the first major developed countries to convert to a green economy. The […]

Green Party says no point to Nuclear Power

Monday, July 13th, 2009

A new report from the Green Party makes a powerful case that nuclear power has no rationale in terms of either economics or helping the fight against dangerous climate change.
Green Party’s spokesperson on trade and industry, Darren Johnson AM argues the following:

Nuclear power provides less than 4% of UK energy […]

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