Green 5

18 03 2010

The Nissan Leaf electric car is set to be built in the north east of England. Not only is this a further boost to the British car industry, which announced an increase in productivity this month by nearly 60%, but it will secure the UK’s position as a centre for producing low carbon vehicles. BBC News.

Not sure what to make of the new ‘Razor’ tower block in London. Designers have claimed it will generate 8% of its energy needs via its built-in rooftop turbines. Click here for images of the Guardian’s seven best green skyscrapers.

Ahead of the UK budget next week, Joss Garman of Left Foot Forward argues the case for a Green New Deal.

There is a short interview in LFF with Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP, on the banned climate change ads saga.

Ian McEwan’s timely novel, Solar, which centres on a middle-aged climate scientist comes under fire from the Independent. No doubt it will be adpated for the big screen soon enough!


Michael Foot

3 03 2010

The former leader of the British Labour Party and founding member of CND, Michael Foot, has died at the age of 96. He is often cited as having drafted the ‘longest suicide note in history’. The scale of Labour’s defeat at the 1983 election and schism within the left at the time was devastating and enabled a further decade and a half of Conservative hegemony.

However, Michael Foot’s failings as Labour leader should not distort his many successes. He was a vocal opponent of the policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany. He was a distinguished editor of the weekly Tribune magazine and the London Evening Standard. He was an accomplished writer and penned more than a dozen books including a biography of his political mentor, Nye Bevan. He was also an extraordinary orator, both inside and outside the House of Commons, and inspired many activists right up until the recent protests against the war in Iraq with his passionate speeches.

Perhaps his biggest success was elevating the issue of nuclear disarmament into the mainstream. Foot was a founding member of the CND and fought his entire post-war life to achieve a lasting peace. We live in a time where more and more states are seeking to build weapons that have the potential to kill hundreds of thousands at the push of a button and cause devastating damage to our environment. Michael Foot’s commitment to the cause of unilateral nuclear disarmament will serve as an inspiration for many generations to come.

Green 5

2 03 2010

The UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, has announced a green loans scheme to help make households more energy efficient.

For rolling coverage of the science and technology committee inquiry into the email scandal involving the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, visit the Guardian’s Environment blog.

Climate Progress recommends a video that presents ’empirical evidence’ for AGW.

According to Grist, James Cameron reckons he is the greenest director of all time after the success of Avatar.

The Huffington Post has uploaded ten notable green gadgets for the future.