Wednesday, 14 January 2009

There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear...

There's not alot going on in the world of sustainability (or the unsustainable world) this week, not alot that is apart from:

  • The Welsh Assembly Government published the first part of their Climate Change Strategy, for consultation. It's here and in due course I'll put a nice flashy turnpage version up. The pdf file doesn't open in Acrobat on my machine, let me know if it's just me please folks.
  • Victoria Winckler at the Bevan Foundation highlighting the dangers of downward mobility in Wales, "where there is evidence of downward mobility i.e. children doing worse than their parents". Victoria references this report which, to me, is confusing on first reading but repeatedly confirms Wales is failing on mobility once you get beyond the analytical jargon.
  • The Heathrow runway saga continues as the Government delays its decision, and a group of protesters sit down for cake and champagne (Telegraph) and here (Guardian), with a video of the shennaningans if that's how you spell shennannyguns. Apparently Alastair McGowan and Emma Thompson have joined hundreds of others in buying up tiny parcels of land so as to stall any development. Newsnight ran a debate on this on Monday, which you can see here.
  • George Monbiot continues his interview series, this time speaking with Andy Harrison, chief exec. of Easyjet. There's talk of new, efficient engines being noisy noisy noisy and they both seem to agree on that. Growth v. technology - Global problem versus UK responsibilities, carbon offsetting v. carbon saving with discounting.......it's all here.
  • And then of course there's George Bush, who had a goodbye press corps session on Monday. Video here, transcript here (FOX NEWS!) : George was full of fun and there was no chance of misunderestimating the extent to which he was dissapointed by some of what his office had or had not achieved: "I guess I could have been popular by accepting Kyoto, which I felt was a flawed treaty, and proposed something different and more constructive."  I guess you could but no regrets eh.

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