Is Climate Change Based On Computer Models?

The idea of greenhouse gases such as CO2 is causing climate change is based on fundamental physics and chemistry and not on elaborate computer models. In fact the first calculations on the effects of greenhouse gas emissions was done by the chemist Svante Arrhenius over 120 years ago1. The idea that greenhouse gases trap infrared […]


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Climate Change: It is the extremes that kill rather than the average

A lot of the information give about the affects of climate change are about what happens to the average temperature, the average rainfall etc. However, it is important to realise that changes in the average also affect the probability of extreme events much more significantly. This post is not about any particular prediction but is […]


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Lest We Forget: Civilian Casualties of War

Although it is difficult to estimate the number of civilians killed due to war what is not difficult to realise is that they are usually forgotten when we ‘remember’ the fallen. We remember those sacrificed on the battlefield but ignore the civilians bombed, shot, gassed and starved in equal or greater numbers1. This does not […]


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The Difference Between Weather And Climate

I have had people say to me on many occasions “if they cannot predict tomorrows weather how can they predict climate change”. This is a common misconception that climate and weather are the same thing. Think about heating up some water. As you heat it the temperature increase will not be uniform. The warmer water […]


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Sizewell C Second Consultation: Responses

The consultation is now closed. I thought it would be useful for other groups campaigning against nuclear power to see what has been written since a lot of points would be relevant to other campaigns. Several responses are on the Together Against Sizewell C site plus the one from Theberton and Eastbrigdge Action Group.  


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Unemployment Benefit: Getting Things Into Perspective

If you ask people what they think the biggest problem facing this country is you quite often get one of two answers. Either it is immigration or it is the problem of people who are living a life of luxury on the dole because they do not want to work. It is important if you […]


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Question: What Is The Meaning Of “cost-effective”

During the recent stage 2 consultation on Sizewell C run by EDF, the company expressed a desire to maximise the use of rail and marine transport options in order to minimise the quantities of freight delivered by road. The consultation document sets out various scenarios for rail and marine freight, and concludes that at least […]


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Mains Water Usage At Nuclear Power Plants

In a recent post we (Emma Bateman and myself) talked about mains water usage at Sizewell nuclear power plant1. This has created some confusing (not least amongst people working from EDF) which this post is intended to clear up. Below is a very simplified diagram of  the water flow in a pressurised water reactor (PWR). […]


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Christmas: A Good Time To Hide A Consultation

The Stage 2 Consultation for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station runs from 23 November 2016 until 3rd February 20171. As with the Stage 1 consultation this runs over the Christmas / New Year period. In affect this significantly cuts the consultation period due to the disruption caused by the extended holiday period. The […]


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Sizewell C 2nd Consultation: Mains Water

In the 321 pages of the 2nd consultation document there is no mention at all about the use of mains water. When I asked a Sizewell “expert?? during the stage 2 consultation roadshow, he was unaware that Sizewell C would require 1,600 m3 mains water per day, and thought that I was asking about water […]


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