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David Cameron’s speech to Conservative Conference: reactions



The Prime Minister delivered a typically confident and rousing speech with one brief mention of climate change, no mention of pollution or the environment, Paris, COP21 or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There were two brief mentions of the deficit and six standing ovations.

You can read his full speech here.

Financial Times – David Cameron’s speech: FT writers give their verdicts: “In a speech that touched on the Conservatives’ election victory, national security, immigration, relations with the EU, the new Labour leader, home ownership, education and the economy, David Cameron promised a defining decade for Britain — “one which people will look back on and say, ‘that’s the time when the tide turned’.”  Read more.

The Independent – Conservative Party Conference: David Cameron attacks Jeremy Corbyn for being a ‘terrorist-sympathiser’. Read more.

The Telegraph – Conservative conference 2015: David Cameron, social justice warrior. Read more.

BBC – Jeremy Corbyn: David Cameron’s attack shows he’s rattled. Read more.

The Guardian: David Cameron’s conference speech – the Guardian writers’ verdict: “A grab for the centre-left? A party leader at the height of his powers? Why does he cut where he says he cares? Our panellists react to the prime minister’s speech.” Read more.

Sky – Cameron’s Renews Push On Labour Territory. Read more.

The Independent – David Cameron’s solution to the housing crisis: only affordable to those who earn more than £50,000. Read more.

The Mirror – Never trust a smiling Tory: Five things we learned from David Cameron’s speech. Read more.

News Statesman – David Cameron’s speech: a hymn to liberalism from a liberated PM. Read more. & No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”. Read more.

The Spectator – Cameron repositions the Tories as the party of ‘true equality’. Read more.

Friends of the Earth – Head of policy Mike Childs said: “We urgently need to build affordable new homes in the UK – but that mustn’t be at the expense of our environment. Simply building more homes in the countryside won’t solve the affordability crisis, but it will exacerbate the environmental one.

“All new homes should be extremely water and energy efficient, and built in our towns and cities – with easy access to amenities, services and jobs, to avoid climate-wrecking urban sprawl. If the Prime Minister really wants to address the affordability crisis he must tackle the root causes such as housing and land speculation, and rip off landlords.”




A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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