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Powering the South-West, and the tricky issue of tidal power in the Severn

Posted by bex — 2 October 2007 at 6:18pm - Comments

How to best power the UK: what with the government's endless energy reviews, its current nuclear consultation and the rapidly growing interest in low carbon energy sources, it's the question every greenie worth their salt is talking about at the moment.

Cameron's gamble with the green centre ground

Posted by benet — 2 October 2007 at 5:03pm - Comments

Three conferences in three weeks is hard work! Although I am fond of Blackpool, the toll of endless meetings and snatched conversations takes it toll after a while. I am writing this from a web café with a much needed cup of tea before going to talk to the Social Market Foundation about transport policy.

Faslane 365 - the big blockade

Posted by Paula — 2 October 2007 at 9:39am - Comments

Protest at the North Gate, Faslane Naval Base, October 2 2007

Faslane 365 is a one year continuous peaceful blockade of the Trident base at Faslane from 1st October 2006, ending with a Big Blockade on 1st October 2007.

So where to start? At the very beginning...a very good place to start. Or the end? Having just sung "So long Farewell" as we processed out of the final Faslane 365 circle, the Sound of Music is still ringing in my ears.

3.30pm: 100 or so people, encircled by the police, in the space in front of North gate, had been given permission to have a closing ceremony. We were invited to join hands and take a minute to look at each other and acknowledge our presence, diversity and strength.

Cameron's political problem: Blue or Green or both?

Posted by benet — 1 October 2007 at 5:55pm - Comments

The Climate Clinic has rolled into Blackpool for the Conservative Party conference. It is the last event of conference season and usually has the worst weather. I have been to conferences here when the wind blows so hard you can barely stand up: but not this week. Instead of rain and sleet we've got white clouds, a gentle breeze and even some sunshine. Not bad for October 1st.

Beating about the bush, yet again

Posted by jamie — 1 October 2007 at 3:35pm - Comments

So, no surprises last week as George Bush's climate change summit ended up being pretty much what everyone expected it would - a futile and elitist talking shop which was a vain attempt for the outgoing president (15 months and counting) to say that he 'did something' about climate change.

Haven't we got enough already - why is more nuclear waste heading our way?

Posted by jossc — 1 October 2007 at 12:56pm - Comments

Despite the close attentions of coastguard ships and helicopters, not to mention an anti-terrorist task force, 30 Greenpeace activists in inflatable boats intercepted a British Nuclear Group ship this morning as it headed towards Sweden to pick up a cargo of nuclear waste. The intense level of protection around the Atlantic Osprey meant that its arrival was only delayed by an hour or so before docking at the nuclear facility at Studsvik, where it will pick up 4.8 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel, due for reprocessing at Sellafield's MAGNOX plant.

We've never been so consulted

Posted by John — 28 September 2007 at 4:19pm - Comments

Gordon Brown's public consultation on nuclear power is being fixed by the market research company carrying out the polling.

Dr Paul Dorfman, a senior research fellow at the National Centre for Involvement at the University of Warwick, told the Guardian that the questions being asked in the consultation were deliberately skewed to get a thumbs up for nuclear power by massively overplaying its role in tackling climate change - because the government knew this was the only way they could ever get people to accept new nuclear power.

According to Dr Dorfman, "partial information was rammed down the public's throat. It was totally impractical for people to make a rational decision based on the information they were fed. The way it was put together was designed so that a particular view would emerge."

Delivering low carbon communities

Posted by bex — 28 September 2007 at 1:59pm - Comments

A genuinely clean and efficient energy system isn't just about technology; the decentralised approach also has profound implications for the way we view energy and its "ownership", and the way individulas relate to their communities and to businesses.

At the weekend, we held a session at 100% Design so that experienced practitioners of decentralised energy could share their experiences with businesses, architects and designers. And we took a camera along, again. Here, Juliet Davenport of Good Energy, Pete Halsall of Gallions Reach, and Ben Stimpson of Sky TV talk about their experiences of taking the low carbon road:

Woolworths makes the switch: inefficient light bulbs out in 2010

Posted by jamie — 27 September 2007 at 3:22pm - Comments

Woolworths will be phasing out incandescent bulbs by the end of 2010

Great news. Woolworths have made a significant shift in their light bulbs policy and, as a result, are not longer bottom of the heap on our retailers league table.

After receiving thousands of emails and signatures from their customers (ie you) eager to see them take a lead on energy efficiency, Woolies will now be phasing out incandescent light bulbs by the end of 2010. It's not quite the 2008 date we were looking for, but never the less it's a massive improvement and they're now well ahead of many other companies such as Tesco and Waitrose. They're also cutting the price of their efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

Public rows and private chats

Posted by benet — 27 September 2007 at 7:50am - Comments

Greenpeace scientist Dr Doug Parr speaking at the aviation fringe event
Greenpeace scientist Dr Doug Parr speaking at the aviation fringe event

Wow! This conference is busy. For the last two days I have been running between fringe events, private meetings with ministers and - well - some parties.

So, a quick catch up on the Greenpeace conference campaign. Firstly our fringe events. On Monday we ran a large event on decentralised energy, which included a screening of our film "A Convenient Solution". The London Mayor - Ken Livingstone - spoke, as did the Energy Minister Malcolm Wickes and our very own John Sauven. It was a packed meeting which still managed to get into some of the detail on decentralised energy. If we are going to solve the climate challenge we are going to need real ambition.

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