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See Newsletter: Science, safety and prejudice From: Peter Melchett Sent: 23 May 2016 13:18 To: Scientific Alliance Subject: An authoritative new report on GM crops is unlikely to change minds, argues The Scientific Alliance Dear Martin Livermore, You attack the Soil Association's response to a new report on GM crops from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as being ‘spurious’, but in doing so you come up with a couple of arguments which seem to fly in the face of the...
ABANDONING coal and gas is doing industry no favours, writes Colin Gibson Events in March highlighted the deepening malaise of Britain’s energy industry; our electricity is proving too expensive for heavy industries and the subsidised expansion of intermittent renewables has disrupted supply to the point where cheap, efficient gas generators are forced to operate uneconomically and operators are reluctant to build new capacity. George Osborne seemed to understand in 2011: “I am worried about...
INADEQUATE investment in power generation is leaving us short of capacity to cope, writes Keith Burns On a mild still day last November a serious problem crept up on the UK electricity network. Darkness approached, lights came on and industrial demand stayed high. National Grid declared a “Notification of Inadequate System Margin” in order to bring in more generating capacity. The situation led to the price for extra power rising to 60 times the more usual buy-in price. With our present...
SCIENTISTS have blasted attempts by a Scottish Government quango to create zero emissions ferry powered by hydrogen as a "silly idea". The Herald revealed that Caledonian Maritume Assets Ltd, the public body which owns the majority of Scotland's vessels and ferry infrastructure, is preparing to apply for EU funding for the project after an initial feasibility study - part funded by £200,000 from Scottish Enterprise - indicated that the technology was "not impossible". The vessel would be...
by JACK PONTON AND JOHN WILLIAMS DASH for wind has left us facing a power supply crisis as generation is not balanced by demand, say Jack Ponton and John Williams. There is a developing crisis in Scotland’s electricity supply, created by the policies of successive UK governments but exacerbated by the Scottish Government. At times there will be a shortage which could lead to power cuts. At others, there will be an excess which cannot be used. This is a consequence of the huge increase in...
Dash for Scottish renewables is creating an “economic cuckoo” which threatens security of Scotland’s energy supplies. Scientific Alliance Scotland has welcomed a report written by Professor Jack Ponton of the Alliance and John Williams, Chairman of the Borders Network of Conservation Groups, which claims that by 2020 Scotland will be generating a huge surplus of heavily subsidised renewable electricity which it can neither use, sell nor store. The report, published in the energy sector’s...
THE answer to Britain’s power supply is beneath our feet, writes Stuart Young. There has been much discussion recently about the unintended consequences of certain decisions, actions, or lack of action, regarding UK energy policy. Last autumn extensive media attention was devoted to the possibility of power cuts. That prompted me to look at the sequence of events leading to a once great nation not having a reliable electricity generation and distribution system. I found a number of unexpected...
Conducted by Stuart Young in collaboration with Dr George M Lindsay.
Published in the Times - Lewis Smith, Environment editor The oceans are losing the capacity to soak up rising man-made carbon emissions, which is increasing the rate of global warming by up to 30 per cent, scientists said yesterday. Researchers have found that the Southern Ocean is absorbing an ever-decreasing proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The excess carbon, which cannot be absorbed by the oceans, will remain in the atmosphere and accelerate global warming, they said...
29/06/2007- The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) GMO panel has no safety concerns after reviewing data from French scientists suggesting toxicity concerns in rats fed the MON863 variety of GM maize from Monsanto. "Following a detailed statistical review and analysis by an EFSA Task Force, EFSA's GMO Panel has concluded that this re-analysis of the data does not raise any new safety concerns," stated the authority. The statement draws a line under the issue, raised when new data from a 90...

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