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    Published today

    travel – low emission, electric vehicles and making it easier for staff, patients visitor to travel to NHS sites by public transport or bicycle

    https://www.gov.scot/news/national-strategy-for-nhs-eco-sustainability/

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    Insulating Britain’s draughty homes would cost the government just over £1bn a year in grants plus a similar amount in subsidised loans, while a 50% cut in stamp duty could encourage people to install low-carbon heat pumps when they move house, according to the proposals from Onward.

    Ministers could also increase the uptake of electric vehicles and other green technologies through “salary sacrifice” schemes, and reduce the number of car journeys through “nudges” such as personalised public transport plans that inform people of their local public transport timetables and cycle routes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/22/tory-leadership-candidates-failing-on-net-zero-policies-says-thinktank

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    Startling as such reflections are, you might imagine you know exactly what’s coming next from a book called What We Owe the Future: a worthy but depressing reminder that the world is heading to hell in a handcart, informing you it’s your duty to live a life of self-denial, spurning air travel and single-use plastics and fretting over every supermarket banana, all the while trying to suppress the suspicion that your sacrifices won’t make a blind bit of difference. You’d be wrong, though. MacAskill’s case for “longtermism” – “the idea that positively influencing the longterm future is a key moral priority of our time” – is overwhelmingly persuasive. But it’s also unapologetically optimistic and bracingly realistic: this is by some distance the most inspiring book on “ethical living” I’ve ever read. (It motivated me to make immediate changes to the amount and targets of my own charitable donations.) Readers seeking reinforcement of the idea that it’s intrinsically morally virtuous to spend your time wallowing in anguish about the future should look elsewhere; longtermism is much more exciting than that.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/25/what-we-owe-the-future-by-william-macaskill-review-a-thrilling-prescription-for-humanity

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    Rode over Talla this morning. Reservoirs are looking quite low. I wonder if there’s an accumulation of dry conditions slowly wearing away at the supply year on year.

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    But he disparaged fracking, which Truss has pledged to lift a ban on, and hydrocarbons, another energy source his likely successor wants to exploit through further drilling in the North Sea.

    “If we could frack effectively and cheaply in this country, that would be possibly a very beneficial thing. I’m just, I have to say, slightly dubious that it will prove to be a panacea,” Johnson said on Thursday.

    “I would much rather that we focused on the things where we are brilliant, and where the environmental damage is really minimal.”

    Johnson later added: “Tell everybody who thinks hydrocarbons are the only answer and we should get fracking and all that: offshore wind is now the cheapest form of electricity in this country … Of course it’s entirely clean and green.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/sep/01/boris-johnson-takes-jibe-at-liz-truss-plans-for-fracking-and-north-sea-drilling

    And I thought onshore wind was even cheaper…

    Truss doesn’t want it, maybe there are some nimbies he doesn’t want to offend!?

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    On energy, while insisting she did back some aspects of renewable sources, Truss stressed her plans to push ahead with more North Sea drilling, and fracking for shale gas.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/sep/04/liz-truss-energy-prices-action-plan

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    No, we really are more than rule two-ed!

    I delibrately and unusually chose that word because this is really bad

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    Which is worse, ‘business as usual with added growth’ deniers or those unwilling to admit they don’t know what to do?

    Obviously there is some overlap there.

    Clearly there are things that could be done, most are firmly in the “far too difficult” box for most politicians.

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    The climate crisis has driven the world to the brink of multiple “disastrous” tipping points, according to a major study.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/08/world-on-brink-five-climate-tipping-points-study-finds

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    Prof Tim Lenton, at the University of Exeter, who led the study, said: “The only way we can get anywhere near our global targets on carbon emissions and biodiversity is through positive tipping points.

    “People, whether they’re business leaders, policymakers or whatever, know what needs to change. The question is how? It’s starting to happen, but it’s not going quick enough. The complexity [of the climate and ecological crises] can be paralysing,. I wanted to show that, if you understand the complexity, it can open up windows of opportunity to actually change things.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/09/identify-a-ha-moments-fast-climate-action-tipping-points

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    Her plan to make the UK a net energy exporter by 2040 is an exciting prospect, but having avoided further windfall taxes, it is incumbent on the energy companies to meet their side of the bargain by accelerating investment in all forms of power generation, which will sustain and create thousands of jobs in renewables, North Sea oil and gas and, yes, nuclear power and fracking. Just as she has, the companies need to get on with it.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/now-the-energy-companies-must-follow-lizs-lead-sue-webber-3836413

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    Amongst all this talk about jogging and brown bread we need to remember that this issue is really about public health. That's what this report shows and it can be easy to forget."

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14493688.i-heartbroken-war-poor

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/13/liz-truss-energy-and-tax-plan-will-give-richest-families-twice-as-much-support

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