The leader of one of Australia’s most influential unions has said that green jobs is a ‘dopey term’. Tony Maher went on to suggest that many of the environmental campaigns run in his country are ‘judgemental nonsense’ and that industries like coal and steel will have more impact on both prosperity and the creation of a low carbon future than people realised.
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Many thousands of Kenyans are enduring a severe drought, caused in part, it is believed, by cutting down ancient forests.
Kennedy was not known for his environmental politics, but what will be his legacy vis-a-vis the environment and energy? Will he be remembered for what many viewed as self-interested and elitist opposition to the proposed Cape Wind project, an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, barley visible from the Kennedy’s Hyannisport compound?
Representative Tom Perriello was sent at least five forged letters purportedly from constituent groups urging him to vote against the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill.
Unless you spent last week celebrating Apollo 11’s fortieth anniversary cut off from the world in your backyard model of the lunar module, you are no doubt familiar with the story of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s arrest two weeks ago, the “race in America” sturm and drang that surrounded the story last week, and the headline-grabbing role President Obama stumbled into at the end of his prime time presser.
The Indian government has failed to announce any funding schemes for the massive clean energy plans it unveiled in its National Action Plan on Climate Change.
As part of its National Action Plan on Climate Change, India plans to give out $100 billion as subsidies to speed up solar energy production over the next 20 years.
Sometimes it’s impossible to extract the thread of environmental protest from the complex strands of civil disaffection, or to analyse the motives or protestors and give them a single label.
In much of Europe, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not used in food production and are not grown as crops. In pretty well the rest of the world, they are both widely grown and widely utilised. Why is there such a division?
What makes a protest worthwhile? Does it have to change policy, or achieve the reversal of a specific decision? Recent protests in the environmental arena seem to have educative as well as practical purposes.
One of the biggest stories in the UK at present is the relationship between democracy and the police – or as it has been expressed several times by Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission – the police needed to remember that they were “servants, not masters” of the public.
From halting tribunals at Guantanamo Bay to accelerating the drawdown of troops in Iraq, Obama is wasting no time as the United States’ 44th president.
Sipson residents are not that down-hearted. They’ve been threatened with Runway 3 before, in 1952, but that time the government ran out of money …
Water has long been called the “best medicine”. Considering that today it is contaminated with some of the pharmaceutical industry’s best (and worst) medicines, I wonder if that title still fits.
There will be many firsts at Tuesday’s Presidential Inauguration, but mentioning the environment in the inaugural address will not be one of them: though pretty darn close.