Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Another epic failure

So Rio+20 is over.  And I question what was achieved.  The "deep concern" expressed over the state of the planet just doesn't cut it. This "business first" paradigm has enraged Greenpeace and led them to warn of more direct action. The proposed "Sustainable Development Goals" which have yet to be decided upon before being  eventually amalgamamated with the Millenium Development Goals seem to be at best a possible target and at worst an attempt to "spin" the outcome of the conference.
One thing I think has been achieved is the exposure of the core conflict between economic growth and planetary health.
 While we have nation states and multinational corporations competing for economic advantage over their rivals and while our current global status is influenced by our GDP, while as individuals our personal status is dictated by our wealth and posessions, I fail to see how we will make the necessary changes.
We cannot have continual growth in a world with finite resources, sooner or later we will hit the wall.

Monday, 4 June 2012


According to  The Guardian, leaked documents show that the UK government, the so called "greenest government ever" has been lobbying in Brussels to try to water down important environmental legislation. 
Apparently the government has been trying to prevent the adoption of EU rules on energy efficiency by making them voluntary instead of mandatory or curtailing the process and the government has also been trying to prevent the the adoption of new targets for renewable energy generation when the 20% target runs out in 2020.  According to documents obtained under Freedom of Information, these government moves have the backing of the Big Six energy companies.  It is also shown that these measures are endorsed by the Energy Minister Ed Davey.

The fear is that without a fixed target for renewable energy generation, then there will not be the needed investment and renewable energy will lose out to things like gas. 
The recent outspoken fears that the Govt's new Energy Bill was biased to favour Gas and Nuclear power seem well founded.  It is also seems appropriate to mention that  the rejection of Tory MEPs has played a large part in preventing the adoption of a proposed EU 30% renewable generation target by 2020.

With time being "of the essence" in the necessary response, of adaptation and minimisation, to the oncoming crisis, this seems highly irresponsible of our elected "representatives". I am of the opinion that they cannot be trusted or relied upon, we must take acion in our own lives.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bleak Milestone

The Guardian reported today that monitoring stations across the Arctic have repor
ted that carbon dioxide in the regional atmosphere has breached the 400ppm mark.  The global average is currently at 395ppm but we can expect that soon to rise.  While the level will fluctuate seasonally and is likely to reduce in the summer, with the announcement by the International Energy Agency  last month that global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 Gt in 2011, an increase of 1.0Gt on 2010

We cannot afford to delay.  We must act now and pressure our politicians to act now.