Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:34 • John Gibbons
Dennis Naughten

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland earlier this week, leaving three people dead, some 170,000 people without electricity, and water supplies for over one third of a million people in jeopardy as a result of loss of power to pumping stations.

But while the satellite imagery of hurricane Ophelia bearing down on the edge of western Europe may have been alarming, it could hardly be described as unexpected.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:19 • Brendan Montague

The founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs argued free markets needed honesty. But his own financial success was based on smuggling - and the IEA was itself conceived with the help of a white lie.

Antony Fisher was determined to support Friedrich von Hayek's international campaign to transform the ideology of the age. But it took almost a decade, and a remarkable reversal of fortunes, for his ambitions to take form.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 03:47 • Brendan Montague

Labour’s climate policies depend on carbon capture and storage to provide energy and jobs, despite serious concerns about the practice.

Coal burning will power Britain under a Labour government through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS), the shadow secretary of state Caroline Flint has confirmed. 

The controversial practice of producing power and then offsetting the carbon emissions by burying the CO2 underground would be a pivotal part of Labour’s energy policy, added Flint.

Speaking at an Energy UK-sponsored fringe meeting during the Labour Party Conference in Manchester this week, the Doncaster MP said: “There is a future for coal mining, and that’s why we’ll make sure carbon capture and storage is part of that journey.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 00:18 • Brendan Montague

A fateful meeting between economist Friedrich von Hayek and British aristocrat Antony Fisher had lasting consequences—including for the debate about climate change policy. Picture: Fisher with Margaret Thatcher. 

Friedrich von Hayek was working on his latest book, The Use of Knowledge in Society, at the London School of Economics during the Summer of 1945 when, one day, there was a knock at the door. 

Antony Fisher entered and introduced himself. “I share all your worries and concerns expressed in The Road to Serfdom, and I am going into politics to put them right,” he announced. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:44 • Brendan Montague

Caroline Flint (pictured), of the Labour party, is centre stage with the opportunity to influence the international debate on climate change.

Rarely in politics is there such a confluence of events: Caroline Flint, the shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change, takes to the magenta-lit stage at the Labour party conference in Manchester during a rising tide of global warming campaigning.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations (UN) general secretary, has compelled the world’s leaders to come together in New York to begin a storm of negotiations in the lead up to international talks at the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Paris in 2015.

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, will be in attendance alongside the American President, Barack Obama. Cameron will be under considerable pressure to rediscover his commitment to the climate cause.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 06:40 • Brendan Montague

The business community demands the British government does more to tackle climate change, including sending clear signals to international markets.

Ed Miliband must show leadership on the international stage on the issue of climate change in order to deliver sustainable business and appear electable, the shadow minister for energy and climate change Jonathan Reynolds MP was warned today.

Carmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business at retailer Marks and Spencer, explained that British companies depend on foreign rival corporations meeting the same climate change standards and so governments must play a central role in providing clear signals to the market.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 04:12 • Brendan Montague

A future Labour government must enforce an “outright ban” on fracking and leave almost all fossil fuels in the ground, the former environment minister Michael Meacher MP said last night. 

The Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton then launched an impassioned attack on Lord Howell, a Tory peer and father-in-law of chancellor George Osborne, for suggesting fracking should take place in “desolate” wastelands in the north of England. 

How do these dunce-heads get away with it?” he asked during a packed Labour party conference fringe meeting in Manchester held by Friends of the Earth

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:34 • Amy Murphy

Thousands take to the streets of London in support of the London People’s Climate March calling for global action on climate change.

Labour Party supporters attending the People's Climate March in London called on their leaders at the Manchester party conference to take a lead in the political battle to reduce emissions and prevent catastrophic global warming.