In this article, Carbon Brief sets out how and why UK household energy bills are due to reach historically unprecedented levels this winter, shows how the gas-fuelled increase in bills will push household energy costs towards £200bn and looks at the options to manage the crisis.
Namely, if we switch from chemically dependent agriculture to biologically based farming systems operating in harmony with nature and within planetary boundaries, how much food could we produce on an acre, from a region, a country or the entire planet? And would this be enough to nourish us all?
A new “struggle of our generation” emerges every six months, and all around us existential crises are ignored. In the longer term, climate change, antibiotic resistance, soil loss and nuclear proliferation by states (including our own) are orders of magnitude more dangerous than Islamic extremism.
The possibility of a new Cold War between Russia and the United States and its NATO allies brings with it the spectre of nuclear war.
The UK may very well be the first of the advanced economies to be taken down by energy supply constraints.