Green Issues

(This is the version of the index page that held until 15 September 2014 when it was revamped.)

These are various writings on Green (Evnironmental) Issues:

Table of Major Issues in Response to Climate Change Programme Review Response

Section (click) The principle it espouses
ToR.1 The eventual 60% Target The necessity of achieving the 60% reduction and how that should be reflected in all policy. The key principle.
ToR.2 Aspirations of Less Developed Nations People in 'less developed nations' aspire to our way of living. To 'make poverty history' might be self-defeating unless we urgently set the example of CCE reduction now.
Q2.1 Problems with Relying on Technological Advance Technology seldom delivers all its early promise nor what the early adopters expect. So it is unwise to rely on technology to achieve a 60% reduction.
Q5.1 On Signals and Example-setting We in the U.K. must set an example, and give clear signals that we mean business.
Q6.1 A comment on ETS Some reasons why Emissions Trading Schemes are likely to be counter-productive.
Q7.1 How to calculate targets Targets tend to get missed (e.g. the U.K.'s target of 20% will be 30% out). So take this tendency into account and set more stringent targets.
Q7.2 Targets should be plan-led, not demand-led If we predict demand and provide for it, our climate change emissions will rocket.
Q8.1 Lifestyle: Ways of Living and Working Our lifestyle -assumptions, habits, expectations and aspirations - is the real problem. We must change them. This Programme ignores this important issue.
Q9.1 Ensure Measures do not Mislead We in the UK seem to be meeting our Kyoto targets - but only by shifting emissions to other parts of the world. Our measures should be for global, not UK, reductions.
Q9.2 An Integrated Approach Climate change is not the only environmental problem we face.
Q9.3 Attitude and Responsibility We should show a attitude of responsibility, not of competition or defensiveness.
S6.1 Additional Preliminary Comment on Energy This section should focus on energy use, not energy supply. Reduce use, and then supply will reduce too.
S7.1 Additional Comment: Indirect Impacts and Pull-Through It's all very well making business processes more efficient. But if more products or services are sought, then the total emissions will still rise. We must recognise indirect pull-through effects.
S8.1 Additional Comment: Questioning Mobility and Demand for Travel The government assumes we need mobility for a prosperous economy. We do not. We must cut mobility.
Q28.1 Transport: A Deceitful, Misleading Section The only figure in this section has a large 'lie factor'. And the important issues are studiously avoided. Why?
Q29.1 Fuel Duty Escalator The fuel duty escalator was making a significant contribution to reducing road use. It sent an important signal. But it was scrapped for political reasons.
Q33.1 Aviation Air transport is even worse than the car. Yet flights are being encouraged. Why?
S12.1 Measurements and Structural Mechanisms r.t. Actions We need action, not merely measurement.
S12.2 Global Adaptation 200 million refugees are likely when climate change really gets going; what are we going to do with them?
Q51.1 Stakeholder-led Adaptation, Enforcement and Leadership The government should lead.
OC.1 Religion and Theology of Climate Change Religion is important to most parts of the world outside Europe; we need a theology of climate change.

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Copyright (c) Andrew Basden 2005.

Created: 17 April 2005. Last updated: 6 January 2006 uktptstrategy link. 7 September 2008 wind. 26 September 2008 modernity rant. 19 October 2009 corrected link. 7 December 2009 frodsham. 16 May 2011 broken link to andrew repaired. 15 September 2014 renamed index-110516.