The Plan B authors propose investment that would be made possible by a new round of quantitative easing. Beyond the usual suspects, such as transport and housing, the main plank of the plan would be the development of a Green New Deal, and the job creation that would come with ensuring the UK was the most environmentally friendly country in the world.
Guardian 29th Oct 2011 more >>
Exhibition and series of events: In Lakeland’s leaky geology; a huge system of underground tunnels; to contain man’s most long lasting legacy; Is it possible? Is it ethical? How will we tell future generations? Should we make more waste? 24th March to 19th Mat 2012 Kendal Museum.
Rock Solid Expo 28th Oct 2011 more >>
Japanese officials in towns around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant reacted guardedly to plans announced on Saturday to build facilities to store radioactive waste from the clean-up around the plant within three years.
Reuters 29th Oct 2011 more >>
A devastating new report shows that eight in 10 of Britains nuclear test ¬veterans went on to develop multiple medical conditions. And three in four of the men who survived atomic blasts in the 1950s fear their health was ¬damaged due to being used as ¬human guinea pigs for Cold War scientists. A survey by the Ministry of Defence shows 83 per cent have since developed ¬between two and nine ¬serious long-term ¬illnesses. Some have more than 10.
Sunday Mirror 30th Oct2011 more >>
For 10 years the Sunday Mirror has exposed the treatment of our nuclear-test veterans as one of this countrys greatest scandals. Now a Ministry of Defence survey confirms it. Successive governments have treated the vets with contempt by refusing to accept that they were terribly damaged by being deliberately exposed to atomic blasts in the 1950s.
Sunday Mirror 30th Oct 2011 http://www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/voiceofthemirror/2011/10/30/just-how-much-more-do-nuclear-veterans-need-to-prove-115875-23524746/
Members of the solar sector are preparing to stage a protest calling on the prime minister to intervene to block anticipated plans to halve feed-in tariff (FIT) incentives for solar installations, which they fear will “kill off” the fast-expanding industry.
Business Green 28th Oct 2011 more >>
Workers at PV Crystaloxs Oxfordshire factory were glum as they filed out on Friday evening. The plant makes components for solar panels. Its the kind of green technology that is supposed to be leading Britain to recovery, but Crystalox is being squeezed on all sides. Last week it started a 30-day consultation on redundancies among its 140 staff. A fortnight ago the company warned it would make an operating loss at the end of the year. Citing tough market conditions, it outlined plans to shrink production in Oxfordshire and suspend work at its polysilicon processing site in Germany. The news sent its share price down 42% in a day. Crystalox is far from alone. Across Europe and America, makers of solar panels are taking a battering from cheap Chinese competition, high raw material prices and stagnant demand. Cuts to government subsidies in Germany and Italy Europes biggest markets and in Britain mean the solar-power gold rush is coming to an end.
Sunday Times 30th Oct 2011 more >>
Homeowners who fitted solar panels will soon be left out of pocket according to a leaked document which reveals the government is planning to slash the amount of money it pays for generating renewable energy. In an embarrassing slip-up, the Energy Savings Trust charity accidentally published confidential details of proposals to cut renewable energy payments by more than 50 per cent. It would mean the amount the average household receives for generating solar energy would fall from £1,190 to £640.
Daily Mail 29th Oct 2011 more >>
Environmentally-aware whisky makers are using their waste to produce electricity with one of the major producers putting £80m into bio-energy. In particular, they have worked out how to use the waste from the production process to power biomass plants that produce enough heat and energy to run the distilleries. They are avoiding thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and cutting their energy bills.
Sunday Times 30th Oct 2011 more >>