UK carbon emissions has fallen to levels last seen in 1890

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Carbon Brief, a UK based website that covers the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy, has published an analysis that points out just how dramatically the UKs CO2 emissions have fallen … Analysis: UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890 Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 … Read moreUK carbon emissions has fallen to levels last seen in 1890

Will Obama’s ban on #Arctic drilling be effective?

You might have perhaps heard the news that Obama has issued a ban on Arctic drilling for oil. For example we read in The Guardian … Barack Obama bans oil and gas drilling in most of Arctic and Atlantic oceans Barack Obama has permanently banned new oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the … Read moreWill Obama’s ban on #Arctic drilling be effective?

Why is Saudi Arabia going Nuclear?

Now this is a disturbing bit of news. The UKs Independent reports … Saudi Arabia intends to buy an “off the shelf” nuclear weapon from Pakistan, according to US officials quoted in The Sunday Times. The report comes amid ongoing negotiations between Iran and other world powers over its nuclear programme, and a potential thawing of relations … Read moreWhy is Saudi Arabia going Nuclear?

Teenager sent to jail in Turkey for the crime of calling for secularism

You may have heard about the story of a teenager in Turkey who was sent to jail for apparently insulting the president. Now the words “teen” and “insult” might conjure up in your mind some rebellious kid yelling unprintable abuse at a well-respected politician, but that is not what went down here, this is something … Read moreTeenager sent to jail in Turkey for the crime of calling for secularism

The deal we dare not turn down

Sometimes it is simply appropriate to, coffee shop style, slap an article down and announce, “You must read this”. Well, this is one of those occasions, because Johann Hari says it far better than I ever could …

Sometimes, there are hinge-points in human history -moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out. Usually, we can only see them when we look back from a distance. In 1793, the great democrat Thomas Paine said the French Revolution shouldn’t betray its principles by killing the King, because it would trigger an orgy of blood-letting that would eventually drown them all. They threw him in jail. In 1919, the great economist John Maynard Keynes said the European powers shouldn’t humiliate Germany, because it would catalyze extreme nationalism and produce another world war. They ignored him. In 1953, a handful of US President Dwight Eisenhower’s advisors urged him not to destroy Iranian democracy and kidnap its Prime Minister, because it would have a reactionary ripple-effect that lasted decades. They refused to listen.

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