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Energy policy led by sheep.

Hitachi scraps plans for its new £20 billion pound nuclear power plant in Wales.

We need to address energy in a holistic long term way not follow short term profits.
The Wyfla nuclear plant now just an expensive backdrop for local sheep.

Business secretary Greg Clark said the government had offered the company a “generous and significant” package of support. ( Taxpayers money ). That included providing a debt facility for the project, taking a one third stake and a guaranteed price of power of up to £75 per megawatt hour for 35 years. The wholesale price is currently £50 per MWh. (Projected windfarms price for the 2020’s is £57.50 and falling.)

Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘Hitachi’s confirmation that no solution has been found for its UK nuclear programme tells you all you need to know about the economics of nuclear power.

‘In the meantime renewable energy costs, especially offshore wind and solar, have plunged dramatically, while new smart technologies including storage have arrived on the scene.

‘A clever move now would be for the Government to accept that the nuclear bet didn’t pay off, stop holding back renewables and have an urgent rethink about the future of UK energy.’ 

Sinking Feeling

Land is slowly slipping into the rising seas.

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

Despite infamously describing climate change as a “hoax”, the Trump Organisation sought permission to build a sea wall to protect the Trump International Golf Links in County Clare. The Organisation’s submission cited sea level rise due to climate change as one of the reasons for the wall.

As the 21st century continues and the ice continues to melt, it will become clearer which countries have a greater incentive to mitigate climate change, and the resulting geopolitics has the potential to drive division and conflict.

Russia will be less affected with these sea level rises, and may benefit from a more temperate climate due to access to unfrozen natural resources . In contrast, the US may not only suffer from the new drought zones which will also blight equatorial regions, but its low-lying eastern coast is threatened by the accelerating loss of Antarctic ice with both New York and Miami facing submersion.

Ecocide to genocide.

 

1829 The Rocket.  photograph Gary Roberts

Stephensons Rocket Number One (1829) led to the huge expansion of coal usage which persisted through factories and homes.

Measurements of air in ice cores show that for the past 800,000 years up until the 20th century, the atmospheric CO2 concentration stayed within the range 170 to 300 parts per million (ppm), making the recent rapid rise to nearly 400 ppm over 200 years particularly remarkable.

As Earth warmed from the last ice age, temperature and CO2 started to rise at approximately the same time and continued to rise in tandem from about 18,000 to 11,000 years ago. Changes in ocean temperature, circulation, chemistry and biology caused CO2 to be released to the atmosphere, which combined with other feedbacks to push Earth into an even warmer state.

For earlier geological times, CO2 concentrations and temperatures have been inferred from less direct methods. Those suggest that the concentration of CO2 last approached 400 ppm about 3 to 5 million years ago, a period when global average surface temperature is estimated to have been about 2 to 3.5°C higher than in the pre-industrial period. At 50 million years ago, CO2 may have reached 1000 ppm, and global average temperature was probably about 10°C warmer than today. Under those conditions, Earth had little ice, and sea level was at least 60 metres higher than current levels. ( The Royal Society, independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science ).

In April of 2018, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded an average concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide above 410 parts per million (ppm). This was the highest monthly average in recorded history, and in fact according to ice core records it is the highest value in at least 800,000 years.

With the persistent ignoring of these factors any government, leader or corporation will be judged as guilty of Ecocide (the destruction of large areas of the natural environment as a consequence of human activity).

Which will de facto  make them guilty of genocide due to starvation and conflict caused by environmental destruction. 

Northern California’s Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire in the south have collectively burned more than 240,000 acres, killed at least 74 people, and more than 1,000 people are still missing.

“Nobody thought this could happen,” Donald Trump told reporters during one of his stops.

He also said, after viewing the destruction, that his views on climate change had remained unchanged.