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'Renewable energy: vision or mirage?' - press coverage

Renewable Energy: Vision or Mirage? is available here Renewable energy is unreliable, says report (The Times; 12.12.11) Alex Salmond’s vision of a Scotland powered by wind, wave and tidal energy has suffered a major setback with the publication today of a highly critical report warning that the SNP’s plans for a renewables revolution will never work. The report, compiled by the right-leaning think-tank the Adam Smith Institute, claimed that renewable energy was too unreliable ever to replace gas, coal and nuclear generation. Researchers insisted that wind energy, on...

Nuclear Energy the Key to a Low Carbon Future

  Caledonian Mercury; 2 February 2011 Scotland has ambitious plans to become a world leading low carbon economy. But to deliver on this ambition will take some clear thinking about how we will generate energy in the future. More importantly, we need to learn from our past and recognise that we have been decarbonising our economy for nearly 400 years. The beginning of the substitution of coal for wood during the Elizabethan era was our first transition to a low carbon economy. Surprisingly, coal is a low carbon fuel since per unit of energy produced it releases less...

Waterfront property The Economist, 5th July 2007

The folly of building on floodplains   IT HAS been a strange spring, even by British standards. After sweltering through the hottest April for over a century and shivering during an unusually cold May, the country was deluged by the wettest June since records began. Up to seven people died in the subsequent floods; 27,000 homes and 5,000 businesses had to be evacuated. Firemen and paramedics described the rescue efforts as the biggest-ever in peacetime. Insurers gave warning that the final bill would be more than £1 billion. As the waters began to drain away and the...

Rapid rise in global warming is forecast

Published in the Times - Lewis Smith, Environment editor   The oceans are losing the capacity to soak up rising man-made carbon emissions, which is increasing the rate of global warming by up to 30 per cent, scientists said yesterday. Researchers have found that the Southern Ocean is absorbing an ever-decreasing proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The excess carbon, which cannot be absorbed by the oceans, will remain in the atmosphere and accelerate global warming, they said...

EFSA rejects concerns over Monsanto maize (Food Production Daily)

29/06/2007- The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) GMO panel has no safety concerns after reviewing data from French scientists suggesting toxicity concerns in rats fed the MON863 variety of GM maize from Monsanto. "Following a detailed statistical review and analysis by an EFSA Task Force, EFSA's GMO Panel has concluded that this re-analysis of the data does not raise any new safety concerns," stated the authority. The statement draws a line under the issue, raised when new data from a 90-day rat study, published in the peer-review journal Archives of Environmental...

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Letter published in The Times, 28 October 2013, questioning renewable energy subsidies