Welcome to Climate Answers

Climate change is the most serious issue ever to have faced humanity. Rightly, it is now high on the public, political, media and business agendas. However, too much of the discussion is still about what we should not be doing or what we should be against. There is not enough discussion or information on solutions – what we can and should do to minimise dangerous climate change, and what should be done to make us not only safer and more secure, but also richer and happier.

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My response to government decision to approve Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

The EPR is not the most promising reactor design – very complex and so very expensive. But now that the Government has decided to go with the EDF proposal, I hope Hinkley Point C is built as quickly as possible, without major problems and without going significantly over budget. And Greg Clark can now turn […]

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Air quality plan in action. New electric buses for London.

New electric buses unveiled but the mayor’s air quality plan could
be improved.

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1 September 2016: report on an anti-fracking meeting in Lancashire.

On Tuesday evening I went to an anti-fracking meeting in Preston, Lancashire. I support fracking, but I also support evidence-based campaigning (seehttp://climateanswers.info/2015/09/25-september-2015-we-need-evidence-based-campaigning/) and try to listen to different sides of the argument. And views in different parts of the country are often very different, so I need to get out of London to hear them. […]

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Being pro-nuclear does not undermine climate and energy goals

Our response to Sussex Uni. Being pro-nuclear does not effect decarbonisation and renewables. It doesn’t matter to the climate how we decarbonise, it just matters that we do.

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Floating wind-farms – unlocking energy on the ocean

floating wind pic

Harnessing the world’s wind has developed into one of the most successful methods for generating renewable electricity and now floating wind-farms present even greater opportunities.

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How community benefits from shale gas could work

Consultancy Remsol has today published a constructive Blueprint for shale gas community benefits. (http://www.remsol.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Remsol-A-Blueprint-for-Shale-Gas-Community-Benefits-09082016.pdf ). I wrote the foreword: “UK shale gas production could and should be part of a low-carbon transition, enabling Britain to phase out coal more quickly while strengthening energy security. Domestically-extracted shale gas would be less climate-damaging than coal, but also than […]

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29 July 2016: Open letter to Greg Clark MP on Hinkley review

Dear Greg, Congratulations on your appointment to run BEIS. I welcome the creation of the new department (see http://climateanswers.info/2016/07/15-july-2016-new-british-government-a-step-forward-for-climate-strategy/). And it is great to have you back working on energy and climate change. I also welcome your decision to review the Hinkley Point C proposal, following yesterday’s Final Investment Decision by EDF. The UK needs […]

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July 2016: Weinberg Next Nuclear summer newsletter

http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/2016/07/21/our-summer-newsletter/ Articles on: a progressive narrative for a pro-nuclear civil society movement;why there is such strong anti-nuclear feeling in Germany; prospects for nuclear power in the UK.

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15 July 2016: New British government: a step forward for climate strategy

The UK no longer has a department with the words ‘climate change’ in its title. Climate policy is now the responsibility of a new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This could be seen as a downgrading of climate action – and has been condemned by some green groups. But I think it is […]

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The impact of Brexit on clean energy

What will be the impact of Brexit on clean energy in the UK? Answer: nobody knows, because nothing is remotely clear in British politics now. Who will be prime minister? Will there be an early general election? What will be the relationship between the UK and the remaining EU member-states? Will there even be a […]

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