A Green Election?

7 04 2010

The UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, yesterday set a May 6th date for the General Election. Expect to see a lot more coverage of the respective party campaigns here at Greenopolis. For now, here are five election-themed links.

The Independent – on where the three main parties stand on the environment.

Guardian Environment Network – asks if we are set for the first UK Green Election.

Greenpeace UK – encourages the electorate to ask where candidates stand on climate change.

Telegraph – Geoffrey Lean on the climate consensus between Labour, Conservatives and LibDems.

New Media Age – on how the plethora of online election coverage will attract first-time voters to engage with the political process. We’ve heard all about the ‘grey’ vote in recent years so perhaps now the younger ‘green’ vote will receive some attention.

(Easter) Sunday Seven

4 04 2010

ABC’s Clive Hamilton on the report by the Science and Technology Committee in the British House of Commons into ‘climategate’. Hamilton concludes that there was:

[N]o conspiracy, no collusion, no manipulation of data, no corruption of the peer-review process, no scandal; just an understandable reluctance to hand over data to dishonest people with a history of misrepresenting it.

Squibs don’t get much damper than “Climategate”. The most worrying aspect of the drama was the way in which most of the media ditched any attempt at assessing the claims and became caught up in the frenzy, when a couple of hours spent reading the emails and talking to one of two of those involved would have made the conclusions of the House of Commons inquiry entirely predictable.

New York Times – victory for clean water campaigners in NY state.

Treehugger – on the new cooperation between Beijing and the White House over clean energy.

Huffington Post – How Green is Apple’s iPad?

The Times – on the Tories and “eco-caviar”.

The Observer – on why despite selling to Unilever in 2000, Ben and Jerry are still fair trade poster boys.

Fast Company – on McDonald’s and the great April Fools Day joke. This story, as some in the media like to say, ‘has legs’.