Month: June 2007

US climate scientists predict accelerated global warming

US climate scientists predict accelerated global warming

The Independent’s lead article today features an paper by leading US scientists of the status of the global warming risk to the planet. It is not an encouraging assessment. Writing in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the authors focus on the risks to the two major global ice sheets, Greenland and West Antarctica. […]

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Terminator GM development in UK

Terminator GM development in UK

Genetically modified crops have long been opposed by European consumers. Some of the technology of genetic modification has also been opposed by the United Nations. One of these is the ‘terminator’ technology, through which crops produce sterile seeds. It has been argued that the potential for genetic drift from such crops could be a catastrophe […]

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Impacts of carbon trading on Australian sectors

Impacts of carbon trading on Australian sectors

Deutsche Bank has recently released an assessment of the economic impacts of emissions trading on specific sectors in Australia. They see the impacts being greatest in such sectors as transport, construction, and utlities, and in the households of ordinary consumers. Banks and financial institutions would fare better, because they would be involved in setting up […]

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The Skyros windpower debate & decision-making

The Skyros windpower debate & decision-making

The complex interactions between energy, business and community are nowhere better illustrated than in the debate about windpower. By its nature, wind farms are planned for more remote areas exposed to wind; and these are likely to be rural landscapes, often with significant amenity value in their own right. In that situation there are many […]

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Energy industries argue for special treatment under carbon trading

Energy industries argue for special treatment under carbon trading

As discussion of carbon trading receives world-wide attention, energy-intensive industries in Australia are demanding a focus on their particular situation. They point out that many major sectors of the economy–including aluminium, iron, steel, automotive manufacture, glassmaking, plastics, chemicals (including fertilisers),and pulp and paper makers–are particularly vulnerable to increased carbon costs under carbon trading. These are […]

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