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Philip Pearson's Articles

Carbon time is running out: time to change the game?

17 Sep 2014, by in Environment

The UN’s Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, chaired by Lord Stern, argues that it is possible to “achieve lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing the immense risk of climate change.” Its 10-point Global Action Plan is led by the principle of “integrating climate into core decision making processes.” But with…

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NUM invests in future for Hatfield colliery with £4m loan

16 Sep 2014, by in Environment

The National Union of Mineworkers has invested £4 million in the employee-owned Hatfield colliery, Yorkshire, with a commercial loan to provide bridging funds to open new coalfaces within weeks and protect 500 jobs. NUM national secretary Chris Kitchen acknowledged this action is “an unprecedented step for the Union but reinforces its commitment to the deep…

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Tackling air pollution is a matter of choice

10 Sep 2014, by in Environment

    The Daily Mail published the UK pollution map, see above, on 3 April 2014, headlining that Britain was “left gasping for breath yesterday as a grey cloud of smog descended over much of the country.” The Government’s approach to tackling air pollution is ‘designed to mask the true scale of England’s air quality…

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UK or Russian coal – that’s the question

04 Aug 2014, by in Environment

For all the focus on shale gas fracking and North Sea oil, coal is the UK’s forgotten fuel. The “carbon footprint” of coal in transit from Russia and Colombia is nearly 300 times that of locally sourced, UK-mined coal. Greenpeace says the UK spends nearly a billion pounds each year importing coal from Russia, with…

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Fracking puts climate change at risk, objectors argue

29 Jul 2014, by in Environment

Most of the 2,419 organisations and individuals responding to the government’s statutory consultation on its nationwide fracking plan  objected to it. “A substantial majority were against the licensing plan being adopted because of concerns over environmental effects,” the report says. Effects on public health, landscape, biodiversity, water resources, water contamination, climate change, traffic generation and…

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