We have borrowed at the expense of future generations; it is time for us to pay back Continue reading The case for a European innovation seed fund
Imad Ahmed has written a fascinating and meticulously researched book on Zambia, which details the various challenges posed by hydroelectric power. This book is a must-read for all interested in Zambia and energy policy in the developing world. Continue reading The Political Economy of Hydropower Dependant Nations – A Case Study of Zambia
But we cannot afford to put all of our stock in that which requires faith. For those of us in OECD societies to continue consuming and producing at our current or increasing rates in the expectation that some technologies will somehow solve our problems at some undefined time in the future is a recipe for disaster. Until we have a technology that removes the current stock of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere – and so far our best proven technologies are nature based solutions – we have little choice but to decrease our consumption and production, particularly when we think with a more global mind-set. Continue reading Climate Justice in Consumption Production Systems
A paper I worked on with the Liberal International Climate Justice Committee constituting of liberal politicians from around the world Christian Ottosson (Sweden), Susanna Rivero Baughman (Spain), Imad Ahmed (UK), David Zimmer (Canada), Imran Khan (Bangladesh), Daniela Morales (Belgium). September 2021 | Download the PDF Executive summary Millions of people already … Continue reading Climate Displacement policy paper
Not only are there emissions associated with the construction and decommissioning of hydropower plants and the destruction of carbon sinks, not only are there emissions associated with the methane released from hydrodam reservoirs, but there’s now also backup diesel generation that we need to take into account when hydropower from reservoir lakes fails as a baseload source of energy. Continue reading Presenting on & moderating a panel on hydropower
Ever the military mind, Paddy Ashdown saw climate change playing a hand in resource wars, and saw the Syrian refugee crisis, caused by climate change and lack of water, as the beginning of a worrying trend.
He wanted to see us in less climate-affected nations to accept more climate-displaced people in line with standards of humanity and decency. Continue reading Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday