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.

To be Frank

23 02 2010

Green commentators have been decidedly downbeat since the resignation of Yvo ‘KPMG’ de Boer last week.

All in all, the next few months look grim. There is now no serious prospect of Obama getting legislation through the Senate, this year, or possibly ever. Following the sustained attack by climate deniers on both individual scientists and the IPCC, public confidence in climate change as an urgent issue is also steadily eroding, further reducing the room for manoeuvre by politicians. The next round of intermediate negotiations, due to start in Bonn on 31 May, look set to take place in a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness and rancour. Source: Mark Lynas, Guardian.

Ed Miliband, the UK’s influential Energy and Climate Change Secretary, released a statement soon after hearing of de Boer’s resignation: 

We must quickly find a suitable successor, who can oversee the negotiations and reform the UNFCCC to ensure it is up to the massive task of dealing with what are some of the most complex negotiations ever.

Meanwhile the head of Greenpeace International’s political and business unit, Wendel Trio, claimed DeBoer’s successor needs to be a ‘superman’.

The NYTimes editorial on Climate Change and de Boer’s resignation offers a welcome glimmer of hope amidst the prevailing mood of pessimism.

Miliband attacks ‘siren voices’

31 01 2010

UK Climate Secretary, Ed Miliband, has acknowledged the danger posed by public opinion turning against climate change science. In an interview with the Observer, Miliband says of the recent ‘climate-gate’ controversy involving the IPPC:

It’s right that there’s rigour applied to all the reports about climate change, but I think it would be wrong that when a mistake is made it’s somehow used to undermine the overwhelming picture that’s there.