Environmental Policy and Energy

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    What impact will the decline in oil prices have on the renewable energy sector?

What impact will the decline in oil prices have on the renewable energy sector?

With the price of oil dropping dramatically over the last several months, many are asking what this means for the renewable energy sector. Jennifer Baka finds that the potential for growth in wind and solar is strong and unlikely to be impacted by recent oil price declines. Declining oil prices can, however, impact the transportation sector, specifically the markets for biofuels and […]

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    Institutions need to radically change for the Anthropocene epoch

Institutions need to radically change for the Anthropocene epoch

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, with human activity now threatening to change the parameters of the Earth system itself. Current social and political institutions may not be up to the demands of this emerging epoch, writes John Dryzek. He argues that we should think in terms of social-ecological systems, and not treat institutions as though the ecological world doesn’t exist.

The Holocene […]

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    UK energy supply (in)security and the implications for the politics of energy and climate change

UK energy supply (in)security and the implications for the politics of energy and climate change

The idea that the UK’s energy supply is at risk has once again gained currency with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. While the narrative that energy supplies are of strategic importance is regularly trotted out by UK corporate energy interests for their own gain, the reason it is so successful goes beyond this. Here, Caroline Kuzemko explains why the narrative of energy […]

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    Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

A close reading of international climate politics points to subtle but important changes in the diplomatic process and the positions of major actors, writes Robert Falkner. However, it looks like differentiation and flexibility in national commitments will be the price to pay for a climate agreement that includes all major emitters.

So here we go again. World leaders gather at a UN […]

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    Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Wind turbines are generally popular as a source of green energy but face considerable opposition from the people who have to live near them. Steve Gibbons uses local property markets as a way to value the visual impact of wind farms and finds significant negative effects on house prices in postcodes where the turbines are visible.

Since the mid-1990s, there has been rapid growth in the number of wind […]

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    Owen Paterson’s controversial speech to climate change sceptics looks to be riddled with inaccuracies

Owen Paterson’s controversial speech to climate change sceptics looks to be riddled with inaccuracies

Owen Paterson, until recently the environment secretary, will be speaking to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think tank known for its climate change scepticism. Bob Ward looks at what he will say, writing that Paterson is in desperate need of some extra tuition from climate scientists.

More details are emerging of serious flaws in a controversial speech that the former environment […]

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    Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

World leaders met in New York on 23 September for a ‘Climate Summit’ with the aim of discussing some of the measures that will be contained within a new climate change agreement in 2015. Federica Genovese writes that while the summit provided little in the way of new commitments, it nevertheless demonstrated that the international community of climate policy supporters […]

Climate change ‘sceptics’ breached charity rules

The Global Warming Policy Foundation, founded by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson, has for years been promoting climate change scepticism. Back in June 2013, Bob Ward complained to the Charity Commission, arguing that the Foundation’s spread of misinformation regarding the science of climate change should exempt it from being registered as an educational charity. The Commission’s verdict has just been announced and it is […]

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