All posts by Peter Tyldesley

What To Do About Somerset Levels As The Floodwaters Rise In Somerset?

January 2014 was the wettest month in the UK since records began, according to figures from the Met Office. The persistent heavy rainfall has led to flooding across many parts of the UK, some of the worst being in Somerset where the communities of the Somerset Levels have been inundated since Christmas with so prospect […]

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The Davos Summit since 2011, ThriveAbility and our uncertain future

Speaking at the Davos World Economic Forum in January 2011, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon did not mince his words when he addressed the assembled world leaders, central bankers and CEOs on the challenges in front of them: “For most of the last century, economic growth was fuelled by what seemed to […]

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Fracking Threatens To Fracture The Coalition

Following increasing public disquiet about fracking, including the recent protests and direct action around the Sussex village of Balcombe, which saw the arrest of Green Party MP and former leader Caroline Lucas, cracks have started to appear in the coalition Government over energy policy. Chancellor George Osborne has stated that he wants to “put Britain […]

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Shale Gas Tax Breaks

Today Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced plans to give generous shale gas tax breaks to companies involved in exploiting the UK’s shale gas reserves. The proposals, which the Government are now consulting on until 13th September 2013  include a reduction in the tax paid on shale gas revenues from 62% to 30%. […]

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The State of Nature affects us all

Published last week amid as much of a blaze of publicity that the media ever grants to environmental issues, the State of Nature report was launched by veteran documentary maker and national treasure Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History museum. The report represents a groundbreaking collaboration between 25 of the UK’s leading wildlife and […]

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CO2 levels rising but no one takes any notice

To be fair to the Prime Minister, he did have a lot on his mind on 10th May 2013. The Conservative party was embarking on one of its periodic spasms of self-destruction, this time following the strong showing by UKIP at the Tories’ expense in the local elections the previous week. With a Euro-Sceptic backbench […]

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Margaret Thatcher – the unsung environmentalist?

Since the announcement of the death on Monday 8th April of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (latterly Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven), the British media has been awash with tributes to, and retrospective critiques of, her record as the longest serving United Kingdom Prime Minister of the 20th Century Whilst most of the coverage has focussed […]

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Weird Weather Or Changing Climate?

There have been a number of sets of weather and climate-related data published in the last couple of weeks that illustrate just how extreme the weather was in the UK in 2012 and how this fits into a picture of a global climate that appears to be warming at a faster rate than was previously […]

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The Horsemeat Scandal – What’s In Your Food?

The headlines this week have been all about the furore surrounding the disclosure that certain processed meat products on sale in supermarkets have been found to contain, not just beef as claimed on the packets, but also horsemeat The unfolding saga of how some processed “beef” ready-meals have been found to contain up to 100% […]

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The Arguments For And Against UK Wind Farms Off-Shored To Ireland

When is an Offshore Wind farm really an Onshore Wind farm? When it’s on somebody else’s shore! Last week saw the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of the UK and Republic of Ireland that would potentially see windfarms constructed in Ireland but supplying electricity to British consumers. According to the […]

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