Following months of speculation, this week the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will set out the latest collective view from the world’s leading climatologists, atmospheric physicists and other experts about the extent of human impact on the Earth’s climate system. Most importantly it will set out possibilities about what might happen in future. That word “might” is key.
What makes a place like Oxford special? History, architecture, people and the local economy certainly all contribute. There is another factor though, and it is one that is often more important than all these in making where we live distinctive. It is what might be called natural character.
I grew up in Cowley and from a very early age was an avid naturalist.
The emergence of proposals from a House Committee to drastically cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency underlines just how disastrously out of touch many politicians are with modern economic thinking.
The idea that it could be prudent to slash the budget of an organization that helps to sustain clean air and water and the quality of the natural environment is in large part predicated on the idea that the depletion o
So it’s official. Deep in Carboniferous and Jurassic rocks beneath parts of the north of England are locked an estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. That is an awful lot, far more than was ever produced from North Sea fields. Is this a natural windfall of great economic importance, an opportunity for the UK to demonstrate cutting-edge technological capabilities and a source of long-term energy security?
In finding solutions to our growing energy challenges it is important to step back from our obsessive debates about different technologies and to take a wider view of the reality we inhabit. A good starting point is to remember how our planet is largely solar powered, and has been for a very long time. When it comes to the natural world the most visible manifestation of this fact is photosynthesis.