Gas from shale could create 35,000 jobs in UK – but should it?

The UK was a net exporter of gas until 8 years ago, thanks to our supplies from the North Sea. Now we are spending £5.2bn per year on imports as North Sea supplies dwindle. Obtaining gas from shale is somewhat controversial, and involves ‘fracking’, or hydraulic fracturing, which enables gas to be obtained from deep below the surface. A new … Continue reading

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New plan for high-speed rail

Yesterday, Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, announced plans for a new high-speed rail network. This will initially be between London and Birmingham and will have trains which can travel at 250mph and which will cut the journey time for the 120 miles to only 46 minutes. There will be a full public consultation as to the exact route the line … Continue reading

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Little Green Data Book 2009

For those of you who are keeping up with environmental issues, the World Bank has just published its “Little Green Data Book 2009”. This latest edition points out that the world’s cities are the main drivers of global warming because most economic activity takes place in urban areas. Since cities have become hubs of relative affluence, their greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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