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Further to Booker's recent pieces about the uselessness of wind farms and the likely early decommissioning of large power stations, I notice that Lidl currently has a 3kW generator on sale for under £200. If it's a reaction to the recent shenanigans back home in Germany, they're certainly quick off the mark!

Apr 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

More carbon shell games

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/25/carbon-cuts-developed-countries-cancelled

"Cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990 have been cancelled out many times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries such as China, according to the most comprehensive global figures ever compiled."

Well duh. Combination of high costs and high regulatory burden from environmental policies (amongst other things) and what did people expect? Why did our steel production offshore? Why did the owners get to keep their carbon credits?

"Environmental campaigners have long argued that global carbon accounting should be based on consumption rather than production of goods and services. One barrier to implementing such a system is the huge challenge of accurately monitoring the flow of emissions embodied in traded goods."

I'm sure someone will be along real soon now to suggest a new way to handle carbon accounting, for a small fee. Wonder if environmental campaigners will realise most of the carbon emissions occur during production and that's also where savings should occur. This seems a 'polluter offsets' rather than 'polluter pays' mechanism. Not sure China or India would like or dislike this idea, they may if it reduces their carbon liability, they may not if it harms their exports.

Apr 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

It seems Nature Magazine screwed up last year when it claimed that phytoplankton had seen a 50% decline (because of global warming):

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/25/the-ocean-wins-again/

A Google search on Nature Magazine phytoplankton still brings up all the old references - including one where this claim was reported by the BBC so it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the BBC to publicise the retraction.

Apr 26, 2011 at 7:28 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Wikileaks accuses BBC of possible bias

A phone number of someone at the BBC was found in phone books and programmed into the mobile phones of a number of militants seized by the Americans.

The BBC number listed on the file is now dead, but the revelation could further dent the broadcaster’ reputation for impartiality. It has for years faced claims it is biased towards the left.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1380498/Wikileaks-accuses-BBC-possible-propaganda-media-network-Al-Qaeda.html

Apr 25, 2011 at 9:52 PM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Uh Oh ...

They can't stop themselves - no comments either - wonder why.

Apr 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom

Perhaps some good news linked to the AV referendum

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13181756

"Chris Huhne, who refused to rule out resigning as energy secretary over the tensions, said arguments between the Yes and No campaigns would make it a lot more difficult for the coalition to work together in the future."

Apr 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

I see our old friends Globe International are still going strong...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/8469883/Lobbyists-who-cleared-Climategate-academics-funded-by-taxpayers-and-the-BBC.html

And a reasonably 'investigative' article - though no mentions of your investigations in March 2010!

Apr 23, 2011 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterDR

No mention of Bono but you get the idea

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2011/apr/19/champagne-environmentalists-damaging-climate-change

Apr 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

Fife Council is, we understand, short of money but.....

1) http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/13120/325-million-rosyth-biomass-plant-backing.html

Plans for a £325 million biomass plant at Rosyth have been backed by Fife planning committee, on condition a number of concerns are addressed.....The company also claims the Rosyth area would benefit from the biomass plant due to an 84% saving on carbon emissions.

2) http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Dundee/article/12407/us-environmental-groups-condemn-dundee-biomass-project.html
A coalition of US environmental and forestry groups have written to the Scottish Government claiming Forth Energy's plans to source North American wood for biomass power stations in Dundee, Leith, Grangemouth and Rosyth are unsustainable.

3) http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/13108/582ft-offshore-wind-turbine-at-methil-backed.html
582ft offshore wind turbine at Methil backed

Plans for a huge wind turbine off the Fife coastline have been given the backing of the region's planning committee...........sited just 20 metres off the coast of Methil ...[it] would be visible from East Lothian and the peak of East Lomond in Fife.

Planner Michael Westwater said, "The turbine is intended to operate on a full-time basis, 24 hours a day for up to five years during which the components of the turbine will be tested. After the maximum five-year period it is to be dismantled and removed from the site to be transported to an offshore location."

And taxpayers will contribute how much....?

Apr 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8468572/Electricity-firms-get-100m-for-nothing.html

Apr 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterdread0

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