Article list for August, 2009

31 August 2009: Lockerbie, Libya and oil

Was the Lockerbie bomber’s release linked to oil? The UK media is full of allegations, although the UK and Scottish governments are, not surprisingly, denying any link. Yet, it is obvious that international policy towards Libya is highly influenced by Libya’s enormous oil and gas reserves.

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Climate powers, policy and performance in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and London

Green Union Jack

The Labour Party came to power in 1997 committed to devolving powers to Scotland and Wales, and re-creating a London-wide government. It was also determined to improve the political situation in Northern Ireland and was willing to use devolution to achieve this. Therefore, the last 12 years have seen considerable change to the constitution of the UK. Climate change was not a driving force behind any of this, but, nevertheless, the new tiers of government have had significant impact on what the UK is doing.

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27 August 2009: What climate progress in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and London?

Early this month, the Northern Ireland Assembly published a policy to promote renewable energy, to tackle climate change, reduce acid rain and create jobs. This week, the Scottish government, together with energy companies, published a route map for marine renewables off the coast of Scotland. And yesterday came a report on building a high speed rail link to get trains from London to Glasgow in about two hours.

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21 August 2009: Energy security, Spain and South Africa

Spain and South Africa both have lots of coal, but no significant oil or gas. Yet their responses to the energy security issues this raises have been dramatically different.

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Spanish energy policies

Spanish solar energy

Spain is a strong example of how government can shape the energy system in progressive ways.

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South Africa – climate and energy statistics

South Africa

This document sets out some of the important climate change statistics concerning energy use in South Africa.

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Spain – climate and energy statistics


This document sets out some of the important climate change statistics concerning energy use in Spain.

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17 August 2009: Japan and green growth

Japan seems to have come out of recession and its economy is, once again, growing. This is potentially bad news for the climate, but need not be.

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Japan – climate and energy statistics


This document sets out some of the important climate change statistics concerning energy use in Japan.

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14 August 2009: EU makes progress on carbon capture – but not nearly enough

To maintain its leading global position on climate change, the EU must speed up its funding of carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects. It is more important to show that very large amounts of low-carbon electricity can be generated than it is to debate endlessly about what international targets and timetables should be set.

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