Tag: carbon emissions

[Blog Action Day] What will it take to get rid of coal?

Well since today is Blog Action Day, I thought I’d make it up for the fact that I haven’t blogged for a few days now. I’ve been trying very hard to bite my tongue about some of the stupid things both Westminster and Holyrood are planning to do to meet those so-called ambitious targets they’ve set themselves. I’m of course talking about Carbon Capture and Storage / Sequestration (the meaning of the acronym varies apparently).

But before that, some good news that have been popping up in the last few days:

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Take the 10:10 Pledge

A few days ago I’d noticed a new promotional campaign launched by the makers of The Age of Stupid. The promotion was called the 10:10 pledge and the page it sent you off to was just a video of a 747 being demolished then melted down to make 10:10 Keyrings, so I was a little confused at first.

Today after reading the latest entry from George Monbiot’s blog, it became clear that they’d opened up their website to be a little more explicit on what the campaign was all about.

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Scotland leads the way in reducing carbon emissions!!

Here’s finally something to be proud of. This afternoon, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have unanimously agreed to reduce carbon emissions from an initial agreement of 34% to 42% by 2020. In the longer term, the idea is to have them reduced by 80% by 2050.

This won’t be easy, and there wil be resistance by those who prefer to remain with the status quo but when it happens at government level, there is at least some hope for some action to be taken. Sure Scotland is only a little over 5M People and on the world population scale, it’s nothing compared to the USA or China but if such a small nation can inspire, first the rest of the UK, Europe and then the rest of the world there can then be hope for some more global action.

I am now looking forward to seeing how it’s being practically put to use. Banning all new coal power stations would be a start.

See the BBC News footage