Never mind a hospital, Port Talbot, you’ll have a lovely biomass power station

There are around eighty thousand people who live in the South Wales borough of Neath Port Talbot. As the name implies this borough comprises two towns Neath and Port Talbot, neither of which is anxious to adopt the name and identity of the other. Although the towns of Neath and Port Talbot are quite close, the local geography makes travelling between them harder than you would expect. For more than fifty years the principle hospital in the area has been located in Neath, and served both towns. Continue reading

Chaos and climate change

Do not worry when scientists predict the future events, particularly those relating to climate change. These predictions are never accurate because the topic is too complex. Accordingly we should always treat predictions that relate to glaciers melting by a specific day or a tipping point being reached at a specific point in time with a large pinch of salt. The time to worry is when scientists qualify their findings on the basis that they might be wrong. Continue reading

Solar incentives and grants in California and the United Kingdom

The State of California is about the same size, in numbers and in terms of GDP, as the United Kingdom. Genersys has businesses in both places. I know that the economy in both places is far from perfect, and that people need jobs and confidence. I should also compare and contrast California and the United Kingdom in terms of their environmental impact. Which place is doing more for the environment? Continue reading

David Kidney and the United Kingdom’s world leadership on carbon

It is always interesting to visit the House of Commons. It is a fine building perhaps in recent years let down by the antics of its occupants, so when I was invited to an event there by National Energy Action, the fuel poverty charity, I turned up. Continue reading

Why Dr Pachuri should not resign

There has been a great deal of over reaction to a few small errors or mistakes in climate change science. The latest error relates to Himalayan glaciers and has caused journalists to ask whether in the light of these few errors the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should be radically restructured and whether Dr Rajendra Pachuri, who chairs the panel and who first promulgated the concept of sustainability should resign.

I find these suggestions amusing; they are made by journalists who are hardly faultless themselves and who, unlike scientists, refuse to admit errors Continue reading

How to picture a tonne of carbon dioxide

When we talk about emissions we loosely bandy around concepts of so many tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. This can be hard to understand and harder to imagine or picture. It is often made even harder by politicians and lobbyists and spin merchants from all sides of the climate change camp muddling carbon dioxide with carbon. I shall try to make it all clearer. Continue reading

How wetlands and marshes keep our climate safer

When we think of the ways that nature stores carbon produced by life, for recycling, we think of the great forests of the world and of the seas. Forests are vast but rapidly shrinking resources. Seas are becoming increasingly warm and increasing acidic. These changes are reducing the amount of carbon that the planet can store, and when the planet is producing carbon emissions in unnaturally large amounts this is cause for concern. However, one of nature’s ways of storing carbon, which is grossly underestimated by the world’s nations when it comes to supporting measures to protect from rapid climate change and that is in wetlands – moors marshes and deltas. Continue reading

Kraft buys Cadbury and it does not matter

There has been many megabytes of data created and published about the take over of Cabury’s by Kraft. Cadbury has been presented (in the United Kingdom at least) as the chap wearing the white hat and Kraft is the bad guy wearing the black hat. Continue reading

Obama’s broken Guantanamo promise

President Obama promised that the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would be closed within a year of his assuming office. A year has come and gone and the prison is still open. There are about two hundred people held in that prison, and all of them have been held without trial, guilty of no offence, we are taught to assume under a presumption of innocence built into the laws of every country that has adopted the common law of England as its foundation. Continue reading

A final judgement on Copenhagen’s Climate Change Conference

Rather as many of us expected the “accord” reached at Copenhagen in December turns out to be not an accord, which implies something contractually binding, but a voluntary expression of pious hopes mixed with spin and propaganda that would put the late unlamented Josef Goebbels to shame. Continue reading