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Sep 26, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
The BG Take on Corbyn's green plans businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/306… BG+ Includes the very good...
Sep 26, 2018 9 tweets 1 min read
Corbyn links the financial crash of 2008 and the environmental crisis, saying it has undermined efforts to tackle planetary risks. Gets applause for saying there is no greater threat than climate change.
Sep 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
This story does make me wonder if we'll ever have a story that turns the microscope on the school/uni culture of the UK elite... There was a half hearted look at the Bullingdon Club, but there's never been any really serious assessment of how our education system and culture informs so much of what follows.
Sep 25, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Really pleased to today launch the all new @BusinessGreen SDG Hub, supported by @BNPParibas businessgreen.com/bg/content-hub… Here are all the details on how it is going to work businessgreen.com/bg/news/306306…
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
ICYM Top read from @makower on the continuing mystery of the media's decision to basically ignore the biggest economic, technical, and environmental story in, well, human history, really. businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/306… That's not even hyperbole. What stories are bigger? There's the origin story, obviously. The first tribes, then the first states. Exploration. Industrial revolution...
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Just on a point of order that I am sure has been written eleventy trillion times already, the Norway option is entirely compatible with the referendum result and always has been. The question was should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU? Norway is outside the EU, ergo it honours the referendum result. That is a simple fact. To say it would make a mockery of the referendum result is a political judgement, not a statement of fact.
Sep 7, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
There will be paroxysms of fury from 'sceptics', but this is very clear that 'denier' only refers to outright denial of basic science and that 'sceptics' can still (rightly in my view) have a place in BBC coverage, it's just there will be more context carbonbrief.org/exclusive-bbc-… In short, at first glance it looks incredibly reasonable and balanced and is a big improvement on some of the recent failures (and yet still people will complain)
Sep 6, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
So this evening I got a lesson in another little corner of the ongoing implosion of pretty basic British administrative governance. Want to hear about it? A few years back the government made it possible for summer born children to defer their start at primary school until the next January or even the following September.
Sep 6, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
It's one of those big green business news days... starting with @carlsberg unveiling some highly innovative new green packaging businessgreen.com/bg/feature/306… BG+ Then there's @Burberry promising to end disposal of unsold products and step up recycling and re-use efforts businessgreen.com/bg/news/306221…
Sep 5, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
OK, it is time to get very excited about an electric bin lorry. No, seriously. businessgreen.com/bg/news/306214… This project from @VeoliaUK and @innovateuk sounds quite simply amazing. businessgreen.com/bg/news/306214…
Sep 4, 2018 22 tweets 3 min read
Been stewing on Boris' latest self-serving cobblers yesterday, and what it tells us about the wider Brexit 'debate'... Ever since the result something rather remarkable has become so embedded in the Brexit process and coverage that we don't even comment on it any more. It is the near complete failure to recognise there is a counter-party in these negotiations.
Aug 21, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
What's in a name? Trump's Affordable Clean Energy plan uses almost exactly the same name as the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 8 and yet their impact and aims are diametrically opposed undp.org/content/undp/e… And yet all the reporting, including ours (story coming soon, will now obediently repeat the word's 'Trump's Affordable Clean Energy plan', because that is what it is called and the people who make A Thing, get to name The Thing. That's how it works.
Aug 20, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
Two really important and inter-related features from @michaelholder today. First up, corporate demand for renewables is likely larger than you think and growing fast businessgreen.com/bg/feature/306… BG+ And second, new polling from @ClientEarth how remarkably popular such moves are businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/30… BG+
Aug 13, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
This is a sobering read and is well worth remembering the next time the 'let's just adapt to climate change' crowd get their slot in @spectator theguardian.com/cities/2018/au… Just as it is worth remembering the next time someone insists there is no clear link between climate change and migration and security risks.
Aug 9, 2018 20 tweets 5 min read
V short thread on some of the criticism of #HothouseEarth and the media's reporting of it, which smacks of yet another double standard for climate reporting. There's been some complaints that the caveats and context in stories like this one are not clear enough businessgreen.com/bg/news/303718…
Aug 9, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
Am unashamedly pushing this essay again, as, y'know, I think it covers some important ground. But also want to draw out one bit that could be it's own blog post (and probably soon will be) businessgreen.com/bg/blog-post/3… It's this bit
Aug 8, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Like all the best satire this makes a serious point that we don't think about enough theonion.com/climate-resear… The logical extension of the position of Lawson and co is they have to believe not just that every science academy has got it wrong, but that every government on the planet barring Donald Trump's has gone quite, quite mad.
Jul 25, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
Maybe the heat is making me cynical, but let's predict how this is going to go. @theCCCuk and others will point out our buildings are not resilient enough to extreme heat and call for new standards. businessgreen.com/bg/news/303647… Everyone, sweltering, will nod along that this seems very sensible.
Jul 24, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
One of the most frustrating things whenever the government does high carbon - fracking, Heathrow, N Sea tax breaks, fuel duty freeze - is how badly it is done businessgreen.com/bg/news/303646… Government could counter or even neutralise green criticism if these moves were made in conjunction with decarbonization plans. So, as CCC and industry task force said, green light for fracking should come with CCS & tighter methane rules (plus green heat R&D)
Jul 24, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
As the government today gives fracking the go-ahead, let us journey back to 2016 and @theCCCuk report on fracking's compatibility with carbon targets... It said three conditions had to be met on methane leaks, wider gas consumption, and emissions reductions elsewhere in the economy businessgreen.com/bg/news/246402…
Jul 24, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
One last point on this. You want to know another reason this summer is not like 1976? It's not going to be that exceptional. 1976 was four years before I was born, and yet I was still always aware of it. Parents, Grandparents, the media, people talked about it, it was part of the culture. Why? Because it was truly exceptional.