Our Uncertain Future

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Welcome to my personal blog covering my adventures in and opinions on homesteading/smallholding, self-sufficiency, climate change and related issues.

Trevor Larkum, January 2020

World close to ‘irreversible’ climate breakdown, warn major studies

Key UN reports published in last two days warn urgent and collective action needed – as oil firms report astronomical profits The climate crisis has reached a “really bleak moment”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has said, after a slew of major reports laid bare how close the planet is to catastrophe. Collective

Ministers hope to ban solar projects from most English farms

Ministers are planning to ban solar farms from most of England’s farmland, the Guardian can reveal. The new environment secretary, Ranil Jayawardena, is understood to oppose solar panels being placed on agricultural land, arguing that it impedes his programme of growth and boosting food production. To this end, say government sources, he has asked his

Business and the energy crisis: Have the measures gone far enough?

The UK’s business sector could be on the verge of complete catastrophe and irreversible damage. Amid an energy crisis that has rocked Europe, particularly Britain, government and energy suppliers have scrambled to introduce support schemes to mitigate the impact the high wholesale energy prices will have on the everyday British household.   In early

Octopus Energy doubles fixed export tariff amid high wholesale power prices

Octopus Energy has doubled its Fixed Outgoing tariff to help lower customers' bills as they head into winter. This will increase from 7.5p/kWh to 15p/kWh, with all customers on the tariff seeing their rate automatically changed from today (20 September). This includes domestic customers with solar installations that also use Octopus Energy as a supplier. Customers

Climate and energy leadership nowhere to be seen as heatwave returns

It is hotter than ever. The country is tinder-dry. There were more wildfires in the single month of July than during all of last year. During the recent heatwave, temperatures exceeded 40C and scores of houses burnt down on the edge of London. Another damaging heatwave is on its way. Water restrictions are now in force. These catastrophic climate conditions have been knowingly fuelled

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