An open letter to the Sheffield Star. Time to take editorial control.

You must start exercising some editorial control over your letters page. Nearly every day you print yet another epistle from Neville Martin containing dangerous and extreme anti-science propaganda. His latest effort is a classic. He quotes the thoroughly debunked article “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide” by Arthur B Robinson which he claims isContinue reading “An open letter to the Sheffield Star. Time to take editorial control.”

Airport expansion blocked at Heathrow and Bristol. Doncaster and Leeds next?

Green campaigners are celebrating the brilliant news that Heathrow airport expansion has been stopped because it is incompatible with the Paris Agreement. At last, the courts have realised how important the Paris agreement is and legal campaigners Plan B and Friends of the Earth must be congratulated for winning this David and Goliath battle.  BristolContinue reading “Airport expansion blocked at Heathrow and Bristol. Doncaster and Leeds next?”

Electric cars are not the answer

Climate change denier, conspiracy theorist and religious fundamentalist Neville Martin has, at last, made a sensible point! It is crazy to expect that we can replace all our petrol and diesel cars with electrics. For a start there just isn’t enough cobalt, lithium and nickel to build all the new batteries. The mining of theseContinue reading “Electric cars are not the answer”

We must listen to Africa and Asia

As I write storm Ciara is causing chaos in Sheffield. Trees are down, Cineworld has had its doors blown through and local roads are flooded. Not very far away, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd have suffered severe flooding. Yet another example of the ever-increasing extreme weather the world is facing as a result of our overheatingContinue reading “We must listen to Africa and Asia”

One year of climate emergency, but Sheffield Council still haven’t sounded the alarm!

In February 2019, one year ago, I presented the Sheffield Council meeting with a petition, pleading with them to declare a climate emergency. This they did, and later agreed to become carbon neutral by 2030. But what has happened to the urgency of this initial declaration? Other cities are making progress.  Sheffield, however, has failedContinue reading “One year of climate emergency, but Sheffield Council still haven’t sounded the alarm!”

What next for the Climate Movement?

Extinction Rebellion made fantastic progress in 2019. They have been successful in raising awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis, which became a major issue in the General Election. But it’s been a very disappointing end to the year. We have seen the Conservatives elected with a massive majority, despite Boris Johnson not evenContinue reading “What next for the Climate Movement?”

The Climate Election in Sheffield Central

54% of voters say climate change will affect how they vote, according to a recent poll. But which party will they vote for? As soon as the candidates were announced I wrote to the prospective MP’s for Sheffield Central, asking them about the climate crisis. I had two comprehensive replies, from Colin Ross the Lib DemContinue reading “The Climate Election in Sheffield Central”

The Climate Election

All the candidates have now been announced. In my constituency, Sheffield Central the following are standing. Alison Clare Teal – Green Party Barry Edmund James – Independent Chris Marsden – Socialist Equality Party Colin Arthur Ross – Liberal Democrats Jack Patrick Carrington – Yorkshire Party Janice Silvester-Hall – Conservative Party Paul Christopher Blomfield – LabourContinue reading “The Climate Election”

Citizen’s Assemblies

Citizen’s Assemblies are in the news. Boris Johnson has set the wheels in motion for a Citizen’s Assembly on the Climate Emergency. Sheffield City Council have also promised to instigate one to help advise the Council on the difficult decisions they will have to make to meet their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.Continue reading “Citizen’s Assemblies”

Flood prevention before flood defence

As Sheffield breathes a collective sigh of relief that the new flood defences along the Don mainly held back the torrents, communities further along the river are not so lucky.  The barriers pushed the problem further downstream, so now the unfortunate residents of Fishlake and others around Doncaster and Rotherham have been forced to leaveContinue reading “Flood prevention before flood defence”