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Carbon emissions: prepare for a carbon-choked future

No Comments 17 June 2011

Have you seen the latest carbon emissions data released by the International Energy Agency? Unfortunately it makes for depressing reading. After a slight reduction in carbon emissions in 2009, carbon emissions surged by 5% in 2010 to reach an almighty 31.6 gigatonnes. So much for the worst recession in 80 years, which was supposed to cut our carbon emissions and suppress our energy usage!

A gigatonne sounds big, very big, but I can never really appreciate the scale of certain measurements until they are expressed in zeros. So here goes. Continue Reading

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Stop shopping? Not for all the coal in China

No Comments 17 February 2011

So here’s what’s bothering me. It is estimated that in the developing world, coal consumption will increase by 20 per cent over the next 20 years. Clearly that’s heading in the wrong direction – and guess where the demand is?

China, which currently generates more than 70 per cent of its electricity with coal, and which will build more power stations in the next 25 years (some say sooner) than America, Japan and the EU currently possess.

Gulp. Time to break out the dinghies! Continue Reading

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Living with “green guilt”: is it a progressive condition?

No Comments 07 February 2011

So-called “green guilt” appears to be contagious – and I am one of the afflicted.

My research for The Human Race ten years ago prompted my interest in the green movement. Ever since, I have struggled with the green guilt of my CO2-laden life and its impact on our planet. A lot of my friends and family seem to have battled with that same feeling. One or two have even become eco warriors.  For many, however, their green guilt appears to have waned over the years. Many friends have, one by one, given up the ghost and returned to their old ways.

As for me: I waiver constantly. Yesterday I realised why.

For the human race, living a green life is, was and always will be about poverty. When I was poor my life was infinitely, albeit unintentionally, greener. Take transport. I caught the bus or cycled everywhere. I didn’t own a car until I was 25. I shared a house with three of my friends and we holidayed in Wales or the Dales. I bought second-hand clothes and taped my music. I shopped at Asda.

However as I became richer, I became more wasteful. Continue Reading

Arnie will save us from global warming

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Arnie will save us from global warming

1 Comment 23 December 2010

Apparently Arnie has gone green and is going to save us from the ravages of global warming. I’m not kidding: it’s true!

Just look at the image again. Can you see him delivering us from global climate change? When someone mentions his name, I tend to think of consumption on a large and somewhat unnatural scale. Remember his fleet of Hummers. The huge explosions. The big muscles. He doesn’t immediately spring to mind when one thinks of a green hero, does he?

What it does show, when someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to jump on the bandwagon, is that green really has gone mainstream.

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Unputdownable. Yes, I know it's not a word, but it definitely applies here, anyway. That's the word I'm going with, to describe The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. - Hira N. Hasnain

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