Article list for March, 2010

26 March: What should the next UK parliament do on climate?

This week, the Green Alliance published a report on what the next UK parliament should do on climate change. They’ve called it The Last Parliament to emphasise that the next five years are our last chance to control climate change.

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24 March 2010: Norway leads

Last week, the Norwegian government announced that it is on track to meet its new renewables target for 2011. On the face of it, this isn’t significant. However, Norway is significant on climate change and has played a major role in climate policy for many years.

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Norway – climate and energy statistics


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

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19 March 2010: Scotland, waves and tides

This month has seen two significant developments in plans to harness the power of the waves and the tides off the British Isles. On 2 March 2010, the Regional Development Agency for the South West of England announced the start of the construction of an onshore electricity sub-station at Hayle in Cornwall, so that power from its Wave Hub – a facility to test wave technology ten miles off the Cornish coast – can be fed into the electricity grid. And this week, the Crown Estate, the body that administers over half of the UK’s foreshore and all the seabed out to 12 miles, announced the successful bidders in the world’s first commercial wave and tidal leasing round, for ten sites in Scotland’s Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.

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16 March 2010: US weatherization work

This month, the US Department of Energy has announced a Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) programme. This will offer grants totalling up to $109 million.

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12 March 2010: Solar PV makes sense in the Sahara and India

This week, another dispute has broken out between environmentalists in the UK, this time primarily between journalist and author, George Monbiot, and the head of the company, Solar Century, Jeremy Leggett, over whether it is sensible to offer householders in the UK large subsidies to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

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Italy must lead energy efficiency and renewable production worldwide

Montalto PV plant

As a result of its energy efficiency indicators and the expansion of its renewable programme, Italy has the capacity to lead worldwide production of renewable energy and set standards for an efficient model.

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9 March 2010: For peat’s sake…

Yesterday, the UK Environment Minister gave a speech about the use of peat as compost. Peat bogs are an excellent sink for carbon dioxide, as peat is made up of partially decomposed plant material. In 1999, the UK government set itself a target that by 2010 peat would be eliminated from 90% of the compost sold in the UK. However, 2010 has arrived and almost half of UK compost still contains peat.

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5 March 2010: Community energy in Scotland

On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended a conference on renewable energy in Scotland, on the stunningly beautiful island Skye. I talked about how to dispel myths about climate change and renewables.

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Myths about climate change and renewable energy, and how to debunk them


There are several myths or misunderstandings that have grown up surrounding climate change and renewable energy. Both sides of the debate can be at fault. This article tries to debunk some of nonsense that is often cited as fact.

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