Never gamble with George Monbiot

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George Monbiot was celebrating “ victory ” the other week in a bet he alleges to have made with Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury. George Monbiot managed to get him to turn that into a bet though inevitably when George started getting all legal and turning it into some sort of personal vendetta Jeremy seems to have backed away. Anyway, Monbiot claims he won the bet by virtue of the fact that Solar PV hasn’t achieved “ grid parity ”.

The Nuclear Meltdown of George Monbiot

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Many people will recognise that description of George Monbiot in his role as one of Britain’s leading environmental journalists. Sadly, few of those descriptors apply to the George Monbiot who is now championing nuclear energy. The George Monbiot We Knew. Until quite recently, Monbiot was unequivocal that nuclear energy was not worth the risks. So, in reality, none of Monbiot’s conditions for not opposing nuclear can be met.


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George Monbiot: “Let’s let ecological processes rip”

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By ‘rewilding’ nature and society we can forge a hopeful path through modern crises, said the journalist, speaking at Wilderness festival By allowing nature to grow wild and engaging with the natural world and each other, we can create a positive response to the environmental and social crises we face, claimed journalist George Monbiot, speaking at Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire this morning.

George Monbiot and the enviro-neocons

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I’m getting a bit worried about George Monbiot. But I’ve noticed a distinct change in tone and I fear he might be doing a bit of “a Bellamy ” (ironically enough for those who don’t understand that last one, check out Monbiot’s own post on the downward spiral of Bellamy ). All this demonstrates is that George Monbiot never understood the crisis of peak oil to begin with (see Jeremy Leggett of Solar Century’s rebuttal here also in the Guardian ).

George Monbiot's recent anti-micropower rant is seriously anti-green

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In early March 2010 everyone in British green circles, from the eco-warrior to the likes of RenewableUK, has been talking about George Monbiot; but then that is more or less the way he likes it. Monbiot's words were that Britain cannot afford renewable energy and should and must got for the nuclear option. George Monbiot cited a McKinsey report saying geothermal cost £3 to save a tonne of carbon whereas. Wake up, George.

Moscow Arctic Forum promises peaceful exploitation, silent on risks

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I am reminded of George Monbiot’s speech at Klimaforum09 (alternative COP15): “If governments were serious about climate change [.] Business & Politics Arctic arctic forum Canada Denmark George Monbiot Moscow natural resources Norway oil politics Russia territorial claims USA Vladimir Putin

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Watch: Barack Obama explains basic climate science

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You should also take a moment to read George Monbiot’s article on why Britain’s cold snap does not prove climate science wrong. Global Warming Barack Obama climate change climate science cold snap George Monbiot snow snowstorm UK USA videoDuring a visit to Henderson Nevada , President Obama explained basic climate science for the people who had gathered to listen to him at the town hall.

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Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

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But the former US President George H. His son, George W. George Monbiot’s verdict on the COP15 summit wasn’t much better. Monbiot, George, ” Copenhagen negotiators bicker and filibuster while the biosphere burns ” (2009). Bush George Monbiot George W. Photo credit:

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Book Review: Heat by George Monbiot


I like George Monbiot*, even though I don't always agree with him. Heat is a joy to read with Monbiot's pithy way with words - "the British government wants to see a massive number of new homes built. There were one or two places that I wasn't sure if Monbiot was double counting - for example, he comments on the electricity used by supermarkets and how it might be reduced, but he had already identified a way of decarbonising the whole electricity supply for the country.

Monbiot to Recession: Bring It On.

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That’s what George Monbiot, investigative reporter and author of Heat: How to stop the planet from burning, wrote in the UK Guardian last week. Because our economic model relies on constant growth, and values material goods (like jetskis) while devaluing environmental services (like peace and quiet), Monbiot thinks that an economic downturn will be the only way to seriously curb the rampant over-consumption of the industrialized world.

David Suzuki: Aboriginal people, not environmentalists, are our best bet for protecting the planet

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George Monbiot of The Guardian makes the point that we can trace the movement of our species by a wave of extinction of the big, slow-moving, dim-witted creatures that we could outwit with even the simplest of implements like clubs, pits, and spears. Using DNA to track the movement of people in the past, scientists suggest our species evolved some 150,000 years ago on the plains of Africa.

40 MEPs support campaign asking people to eat vegan for Lent

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Paul McCartney, Moby, Woody Harrelson, Mena Suvari, Chris Packham, Joaquin Phoenix, George Monbiot, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jay & Katya Wilde, Evanna Lynch, Peter Egan, Oli Sykes, Derek Sarno, Earthling Ed, Captain Paul Watson, Joseph Poore (Oxford University), Dr Neal Barnard MD, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn MD, and many more

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Japanese activists: Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming

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Such as the debate between George Monbiot and Helen Caldicott over at the Guardian. One month after the horrifying earthquake and tsunami hit Japan the country is considering raising the severity level of its nuclear crisis to the highest level available. This would put the Japanese nuclear crisis on a par with the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago, the worst nuclear power disaster in history.

Gift a stranger a coat, and change the world

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Pathological consumption has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it,” wrote George Monbiot in a 2012 column in the Guardian about the economic and environmental obscenity of Christmastime consumption. Monbiot wrote that even those goods we might wish to hold on to are soon condemned to destruction through either planned obsolescence (easy breakage) or perceived obsolescence (going out of style).

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The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab

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George Monbiot recently exclaimed that peak oil isn’t as imminent as we thought and that we are cheerfully deep frying ourselves as a result, but Qatar is still planning for an eventual end to the heyday of easy oil and gas riches. When Britain’s own financing institutions staggered under the weight of the 2008 economic crisis, a Qatari consortium stepped in to finance The Shard – a sleek pyramidal skyscraper designed by Italian starchitect Renzo Piano.

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Top 10 Green Blog articles from 2011

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The Nuclear Meltdown of George Monbiot. In this post David Carson discussed how George Monbiot, Britain’s leading environmental journalists, changed his stance on nuclear energy. Here's the top 10 articles on Green Blog from 2011. The blog posts are ranked in terms of the total amount of traffic received during all of 2011. The nuclear crisis in Japan. 2011 started with a massive earthquake that struck Japan with devastating effects.

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Crikey! Australia elects climate change skeptic Tony Abbott

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Among others, George Monbiot has said that the Direct Action program “is incapable of delivering the cuts it promises, absurdly underfunded and surrounded by a swarm of unanswered questions.”. Direct Action is a program designed to create a semblance of policy, in the certain knowledge that it will fail to achieve its objectives,” Monbiot writes.

Actions Not Words - The five goals Rio+20 should have announced

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The Rio text, has been described by George Monbiot , Guardian Environment Blogger, as best accompanied by drawings of “ rainbows and psychedelic unicorns ”. CloudApps helps businesses take charge where Governments have failed LONDON, UK : The failure of the Earth summit , littered with jet-setting leaders from over 100 nations, to come up with ten actionable goals highlights the end of a multilateral effort to protect the world in which we live.

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Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Network: the future for local economies, Part 2

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I think there’s going to be a revolution in the way we produce food over the next ten years, that George Monbiot is talking about – and it’s going to rely on technology.

UN and World Bank says no to nuclear in universal energy plan

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While some environmentalists, such as Mark Lynas and George Monbiot, has called for increased investments in nuclear energy, many others, such as Al Gore , has said that nuclear is not the answer to our energy and climate crisis. Around 1.3 billion people lack electricity in their homes or businesses.

BWEA becomes RenewableUK; officially

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While claiming that government is committed to renewables it was nigh on like listening to George Monbiot, who never seems to know which side of the green fence he is on and who recently stated that Britain cannot afford renewables and we should go the nuclear way.

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Monbiot vs Plimer


I know I've been a bit obsessed about the denial movement of late, but you really must watch George Monbiot take apart the darling of the denial circuit, Ian Plimer, and his dodgy science. Tags: denial monbiot deniers plimer Enjoy! link].

A Call for a Green Enlightenment

The Green Changemakers

Whether the reduction needs to go as far as the prodigious 90% George Monbiot claims in his book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning , is not clear. George Monbiot suggests a moratorium on airport runways—to stop increasing what is most harmful—while working out measures for actual reductions in greenhouse gases. The Worldchanging Canada Team November 11, 2008 7:40 AM This article was written by Lynn McDonald in February 2007.

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Monbiot takes a leaf out of Booker's Book


Deniers aren't the only ones to drop the odd clanger - George Monbiot raced to disprove a Christopher Booker factoid and in his haste picked the wrong figure - oops! Tags: monbiot climate change christopher booker denier There is neat symmetry with Booker's own boob a couple of weeks ago. Now can both of you please check your facts?

Climate safety report

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Crisp, clear-headed and profoundly shocking, this report should be read immediately by everyone who cares.” -- George Monbiot , author and journalist “A report to keep every policy maker awake at night, this is a devastating and unflinching exposé of the profound gap between the predictions of how climate change will impact on the planet produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the already observable impact of global warming on the ground.

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Polar Cities Reprised, Tsunami, tsunami, tsunami.

The Alien Next Door

And of course, people like James Lovelock and George Monbiot and Mark Lynas and Fred Pearce and Tim Flannery and James Hansen and Jesse Ausubel simply dont wish to look at my ideas of polar cities for survivors of climate chaos in the year 2500, do not even want to imagine it, so they go into denial. The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Polar Cities Reprised, Tsunami, tsunami, tsunami.

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Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment

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Both Mark Lynas and George Monbiot, for example, argue that the only attainable way to phase out fossil fuels is to replace them with a combination of renewable and nuclear power. Some environmentalists champion nuclear power as an answer to global warming. But a new book by anti-nuclear campaigner Joseph Mangano argues that the dangers far outweigh any benefits. Elaine Graham-Leigh has reviewed Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment by Joseph Mangano.

Could Mindfulness hold the key to unlock a sustainable future?

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David Gelles, in a very thorough and interesting piece for the FT , quotes William George, a board member with Goldman Sachs: “The main business case for meditation is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader, you will make better decisions, and you will work better with other people.” Posted by sdreyerleon in Uncategorized July 6, 2011 Educating for Sustainability: A Mindfulness Practice!

Complexity: It’s Not That Simple

The Green Changemakers

George Monbiot’s Heat , for example, presents a comprehensive climate change prevention strategy, and while many would now argue that we’re too late to prevent catastrophic climate change (and that in any case our society is incapable of moving as fast or as far as Monbiot’s strategy required), the book contains many suggestions for actions that community Transition teams could employ to make the local transition to a post-carbon economy.

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Break the Climate Stalemate Between the Global South and the North

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Global economic growth is the major cause of rising emissions,” writes British journalist George Monbiot. by Gopal Dayaneni, Mateo Nube Rich and poor countries are in this together. If either fails to step up, the planet is in trouble. A climate deal must take into account the Global North’s responsibility for nearly 70 percent of greenhouse pollution and the Global South’s need to move out of poverty.

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Seen Any Brown Astroturf?


Take George Monbiot's blog in the Guardian. The commenters obviously aren't your average everyday Grauniad readers and you see that many of them are spotting right-wing dweebs just waiting for Monbiot to makes his move before they shout 'Aha!' Tags: denial monbiot climate change denier Astroturfing is the cynical creation of artificial grassroots movements to achieve political and/or corporate aims.

Biodiesel watchdog set up.


Uber green George Monbiot is particularly critical of the industry and his comments are worth reading. Tags: monbiot darryl hannah biodiesel The ENDS Report is reporting that the Department for Transport has set up a watchdog, the Renewable Fuels Agency, to help ensure that biofuels used in the UK come from sustainable sources.

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Clashing with this is Dispatches: Greenwash (8:00pm Channel 4), where George Monbiot tears into the UK Government's Climate Change efforts (no doubt with some relish). You can read the gist of this in the Guardian: the headline article and a piece from Monbiot himself. If you live in the UK, you're spoilt for choice on TV tonight. On eco-living, Panorama (8:30pm BBC1) has Justin Rowlatt living greener for a year.

Is Carbon Offsetting a Con? The Prosecution Case


George Monbiot certainly does not mince his words when it comes to offset schemes. There has been much recent interest in 'carbon offsetting' - the idea that companies and individuals can ‘offset’ their carbon dioxide emissions by buying into low carbon projects such as renewables, energy efficiency and, most controversially, tree planting.

In Denial or In Cahoots?


First George Monbiot alleges in his new book that most of the 'institutes' generating reports saying that climate change may not be happening, or that it is part of a natural cycle, are actually PR front organisations set up and funded by big business. Now this is fairly standard stuff from George M, but the Royal Society then weighed in, writing to Exxon-Mobil asking them to stop funding these groups.

Book Review: "How Many Lightbulbs.


Possibly influenced by George Monbiot's extensive use of an analogy to the Faust legend in ' Heat ', Juniper apes the 95 theses nailed to a church door by Martin Luther in 1517 to come up with 95 'solutions' to the world's problems grouped into 9 sections ranging from climate change to food to transport to globalisation to environmental justice. Despite what it says on the blurb, this book is not radical (unlike say, The Age of Consent by Monbiot).

Climatologists are human shock!


Even George Monbiot says that heads should roll. You've probably heard the furore over the leaked e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. If you are a climate denier/sceptic then this is the proof you've been waiting for that the whole thing is a socialist scam to enslave the world. Rejoice! Except. When you look at it, it's all a big fuss over nothing. Let's look at the "smoking guns": 1.

Less Is More?


Writing in today's Guardian (but unfortunately nowhere to be seen on-line), our old friend George Monbiot rips into "Green Consumerism" saying that it never suggests you consume 'less' and only focusses on consuming 'better'. BTW: my favourite part of the Monbiot article is his reference to the mountain of 'ethical' shopping bags by his front door.

Bushwhacking, renewed renewables and the biofuels debate rumbles on.


But George knows best, doesn't he? My Verdict: Good call WWF - I believe biofuels can be part of the solution if we get the growing standards right, unlike George Monbiot who thinks they are worse than fossil fuels.

Happy New Year!


In the UK, George Monbiot continued to rant at all and sundry and published the excellent Heat. Tags: monbiot anita roddick supermarkets al gore review of 2007 Yes, I'm back at the keyboard at last after a decidedly ecologically dodgy festive period (flying, eating, drinking, excessive presents for small child).

Train, Train, Train.


Both George Monbiot and Chris Goodall both ruled out flying altogether in their recent books. I love train trips, I really do, and I hate flying. Travelling by train is a true journey, an experience in itself, but flying is an ordeal - crap food, no sleep, cramped conditions - ending in disorientation as you stumble out of a tin can into a whole new country.

All the people, so many people.


Others, like George Monbiot, argue that constant economic growth will always wipe out technofixes and that we should start thinking about 'sufficiency' of our income to augment the 'efficiency' of technology. With childbirth at the front of my mind recently, I've been mulling over the population question. Part of this was stimulated by a brilliant letter in the Guardian on 27 Jan: I have a simpler, more accurate way for you to judge your footprint. Count your children [my emphasis].

The Green Grocer Wars


Even the usually cynical George Monbiot welcomed these moves , saying: "The choice between two rival brands of margarine appears to have become more meaningful than the choice between Labour and the Conservatives. You can't have missed the recent declarations of green intent from most of the big food sheds in the last week or so. Why is this so important? Well first off, £1 out of every £8 we spend in the UK, we spend in Tesco.