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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism: State of Play on 20th February 2017, one month into the Trump presidency

Screenshot 2017-02-20 07.05.50 Suddenly believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing human co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues can now realistically plot the polar opposite: a new despotism rooted in rising isolationist nationalism and human conflict. The more we dig into how the demagogues… Read-more
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G20 climate risk report is a wake-up call for fossil-fuel investors

Untitled My latest for Recharge: It is rare for a report to hold the potential to change the world, but one study published last month may do just that. The Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD — a group of experts assembled by the G20’s Financial Read-more
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Two heart-warming competitions aiming to accelerate the revolution

screenshot-2017-01-08-11-20-14 In an era of populist leaders prepared to ignore both the clean energy revolution and the imperatives for it, favouring wilful denial and incumbents that are uneconomic or soon to be, companies and governments with eyes open face much greater leadership responsibilities than they would have in a world unified… Read-more
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State of The Transition, December 2016: As fossil fuel diehards take over The White House, the evidence of a fast-moving global energy transition has never been clearer

screenshot-2017-01-03-08-47-43 As captains of the fossil fuel industries and their lobbyists prepare to take over the White House – appointed by a President elected by a minority, claiming to represent the people on an anti-elite ticket yet possessing by far the highest cumulative wealth of any cabinet ever – they will… Read-more
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State of The Transition, November 2016: Steps forward continue to outnumber steps back, notwithstanding the Trump election. But.

screenshot-2016-12-04-15-37-29 The global energy transition remains in a state of net forward momentum as of the end of November. However, evidence that the society is in danger of reaching its eventual target of complete or near-complete energy decarbonisation too late to save the planet from runaway global warming was particularly clear… Read-more
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State of The Transition post-Marrakech: Unity is strength as the “irreversible” climate train rolls towards Trumpism

untitled My latest for Recharge: Donald Trump’s would be climate saboteurs might have hoped that merely the mention of their intention to quit the Paris Agreement would be enough for the climate talks to fall apart at the annual climate summit in Marrakech. Exactly the reverse happened: the rest of… Read-more
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Trump’s win will slow climate action and renewables, but as the reactions at COP 22 show already, he will fail in his fossil promises

_92345499_12a9269f-e10c-41ca-9ac0-f9c5f7482fe3 My latest for Recharge: The unexpected election of Donald Trump is undoubtedly a setback for the international climate talks and the renewables industries. The shock dominated the first week of COP 22, the first annual meeting of the nations party to the Paris Agreement, in Marrakech. But by week… Read-more
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“Something post-colonial”: As Mrs May pitches UK plc in India, my eye witness account of Mr Cameron’s equivalent trip. …And that was then.

sell-bae-hawk-jets-to-india Extract from The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, 2013 New Delhi, July 2010.  The bus weaves miles across the far fringes of Heathrow’s tarmac with CEOs and chairmen clinging to straps like tourists being driven to a charter flight. We reach a souped-up portacabin… Read-more
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State of The Transition, October 2016: As the Paris Agreement enters into force, momentum in the great energy system change continues to outpace setbacks

untitled Today the Paris Agreement on climate change comes into force, defying doubters the world over. Many said a decarbonisation treaty could never be negotiated. In December last year it was, and every independent nation on the planet adopted it. Many thought it would not be signed in critical mass. In… Read-more
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Spare a thought for energy CEOs in this tech-race world

untitled My latest column in Recharge magazine: We live in an era where change seems to be accelerating, wherein eventualities once deemed black swans because of their unlikelihood regularly come to be viewed as predictable surprises after the event. In this context, imagine sitting down for confidential in-depth interviews with… Read-more
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Appropriate civilization includes environmental balance, sustainable capitalism, empathic societies, racial and religious harmony, poverty alleviation at home and abroad, common security, and use of tech for social good.

New despotism includes environmental sabotage, reckless capitalism, isolationist nationalism, incitement to racial and religious hatred, retreat from aid, war mongering, and the use of tech for social harm.

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