Daily Archives: November 23, 2012

BBC News – On-shore wind policy ‘must be sensible’ – energy secretary

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20417215
20 November 2012 Last updated at 15:04 ET

Mr Davey said the coalition partners would agree a “settled energy policy”
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Ed Davey has said he does not want to see wind turbines “all over the countryside” but they have an important role to play in future energy supply.

The Lib Dem energy secretary has clashed with his Conservative deputy John Hayes over the amount of on-shore wind developments required in future.

Mr Hayes has said no projects should go ahead beyond those in the pipeline.

But Mr Davey told MPs he disagreed with his colleague and insisted he was “in charge” of coalition energy policy.

Investors have warned of confusion over government policy after Mr Hayes claimed last month that once those wind projects currently being built or seeking planning consent were completed “enough would be enough”.

Appearing before the Commons energy select committee, Mr Davey said the amount of power generated from on-shore wind would continue to increase as part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a diverse energy mix…..(more).

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BBC News – UN says carbon cuts too slow to curb dangerous warming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20414596
21 November 2012 Last updated at 05:23 ETBy Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service

The report is meant to inform climate negotiators who will gather in the Qatari capital next week
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A report by the UN says global attempts to curb emissions of CO2 are falling well short of what is needed to stem dangerous climate change.

The UN’s Environment Programme says greenhouse gases are 14% above where they need to be in 2020 for temperature rises this century to remain below 2C.

The authors say this target is still technically achievable.

But the opportunity is likely to be lost without swift action by governments, they argue.

Negotiators will meet in Doha, Qatar for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) next week to resume talks aimed at securing a global deal on climate by 2015.

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The report provides a sobering assessment of the gulf between ambition and reality.”

Achim Steiner Unep Executive Director

The Emissions Gap Report 2012 has been compiled by 55 scientists from 20 countries. It says that without action greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will be the equivalent 58 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2020.

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