Posted on March 19, 2010 by Robert Kyriakides
If you live in the United Kingdom you will almost certainly be driving less in the near future because it will cost you more to drive than ever before. Petrol prices are rising and will soon be close to £1.20 a litre and there are several reasons for this. (more…)
Filed under: Alistair Darling, climate change, fuel, global warming, gordon brown, transport | Tagged: avoiding higher fuel prices, diesel prices, feul duty, fule prices, petrol price, transport, value added tax on fuel | 4 Comments »
Posted on November 30, 2009 by Robert Kyriakides
In the United States just before Thanksgiving President Obama set a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17% (from 2005 levels) by 2020. It is a very easy target. If you compare it on a like for like basis with the United Kingdom’s target of 20% cuts from 1999 levels it translates to about 3% cuts. However, while Mr Obama’s target will be easily achieved and no doubt improved upon, the United Kingdom’s target is unlikely to be met. (more…)
Filed under: climate change, global warming, targets, transport | Tagged: emission reduction targes in the USA and UK, exporting emissions | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 7, 2009 by Robert Kyriakides
When an important member of a highly polluting industry suggests that the industry should be taxed on its carbon emissions it is not usually because that there has been a conversion, similar to that on the road to Damascus. It is usually about damage limitation or spin. (more…)
Filed under: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, fuel, global warming, transport | Tagged: airline emissions, aviation, aviation emissions, BA, british airways, global tax on emissions, tax on aviation fuel, willie Walsh | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 11, 2009 by Robert Kyriakides
I was brought up in Poplar, which is in the East End of London and is now part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. My school was separated from a main road by a very narrow pavement. The road was dirty and dusty because it carried mainly lorries and commercial vehicles going to and from London’s docks, around the Isle of Dogs and further east at Tilbury. The noise from the traffic was such that being taught in some rooms was a trying experience and it was disturbing, mildly so, when we took examinations, but the traffic dirt was the worst problem. Tower Hamlets has not changed much, in terms of traffic since then; I suppose that there is now more traffic but the traffic is less polluting with higher emission standards and catalytic converters. (more…)
Filed under: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, Climate Change and health, Coal, fuel, global warming, natural gas, pollution, rubbish, transport, Travel | Tagged: air pollution advisory guide, breathing, EU clean air requirements, lung capaicty in young people, particulates, poplar, puffer, thermal inversions, Tower Hamlets, UK air standards, US air standards | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 18, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
The election of the President of the United States of America is the most important event that will take place this year. The United States is the world’s most powerful and influential country. Its leader, subject to the checks and balances of the United States Constitution provides leadership. Although the President cannot put all of his ideas into law, he (or she) will be able to direct policy which will not only affect Americans but also affect the whole world. (more…)
Filed under: biofuels, carbon emissions, cars, climate change, energy, fuel, global warming, nuclear, nuclear energy, oil, renewables, solar energy, transport | Tagged: Mc Cain, Mc Cain environment, McCain, Obama, ombama environment, presidential candidates debate, US oil reserves compared with oil consumption | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 2, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
What will we do when the fossil fuel runs out? We seem to have no strategy for this. Obviously energy is the essential enabler for the way we now live. It provides heat and power for ourselves and our work, our homes our industries. Can anyone working in an office today imagine doing so without the electricity to power their computer or without what we have become used to as sufficient heating. Who now washes in cold water? (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, cars, climate change, Coal, electricity, energy, fuel, gas, global warming, heat, microgeneration, nuclear energy, oil, power, PV, renewables, solar, solar energy, solar panels, transport, wind turbines | Tagged: changes to how we live when the fossil fuel runs out, transport, twon design without fossil fuel, uranium, when the fossil fuel runs out | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 7, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Those of us in the developed world eat too much meat and eating less meat is good for you and good for the climate, according to Dr Rajendra Pachauri. Dr Pachauri is the person who brought the concept of sustainability into common vocabulary and he now chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to United Nations calculations, meat production accounts for 18% of our greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation produce this estimate by accounting for every stage of meat production and they accordingly rate meat production as producing more greenhouse gas than transport. (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, global warming, transport | Tagged: cattle, Dr Pachaurri, effect on meat production on climate change, greed, greenhouse gas of cattle, meat consumption effect on climate change, methane, moderation | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 26, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
Politicians are always talking about “hard decisions”. Mr Blair and Mr Brown criticised their political opponents for what they claimed was an inability to take “hard” decisions. By “hard” decisions they usually meant “unpopular” decisions, sometimes those where innocent people in the world outside the United Kingdom would lose their lives.
Filed under: biofuels, carbon emissions, climate change, energy, fuel, global warming, gordon brown, solar, solar energy, solar panels, Tony Blair, transport, Travel | Tagged: effect of biofuels on food prices, how biofuels increase global warming, how biofuels increase greenhouse gas emissions, Policy Exchange, renewable transport fuel obligation | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 15, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
High energy prices will change the way we do business. It is inevitable. Although there has been much excitement about the oil price dropping by 21% in the past 45 days, the price is still 60% higher than it was 365 days ago and for business that means higher energy costs that directly relate to the prices that businesses charge for their goods and services.
Business knows that particularly in recession with governments all over the world determined to avoid inflation in order to survive they have to price their goods and services at levels that enable consumers to purchase them in a recession. If they do not do this the merry go round stops and businesses fail.
What measures will business take in the face of these events which can cripple them if they do not handle them appropriately? (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, global warming, microgeneration, oil, renewables, transport | Tagged: China, effect of oil rpice on industry, effect of oilprice on transportation, google's electric bill, how to handle high energy costs in a recession, Manufacuring changes by oil prices, oil price, reversing gobalisation | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 7, 2008 by Robert Kyriakides
You can spend a lot of time being a busy fool, speculating about the number of angels that can dance on a pin head, or on the point of a needle, and you can waste a lot of thermal printing toner as well a much ink and bandwidth in trying to formulate rules of environmentally correct behaviour. Doing this will make you miss the big picture.
In the papers this week I read about environmental holidays, and about such tortuous decisions as to whether it is better to use your dish washing machine or wash the dishes by hand, or whether you should use returnable milk bottles or decomposable cardboard milk cartons. The answer is… (more…)
Filed under: carbon emissions, climate change, electricity, energy, energy statistics, global warming, heat, microgeneration, petrol, solar, solar energy, solar panels, transport | Tagged: angesl dancingon the head of a pin, car energy, car impact on environment, cycling to work, dishwashing, environmentally correct behaviour, hoem impact on environment, home energy, how to calculate your car carbon footprint, Toyota Prius | 5 Comments »