Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Didcot demolition: the people behind the falling towers

Didcot As cooling towers fuelled not only power, but controversy and passion. Residents and workers talk about their final day

It should be later. It shouldnt be happening. It must be over before anyone is awake, before anything happens on the neighbouring railway that once fed it coal, or the web of roads that delivered its workers. Many local people wanted it preserved as a monument, others wanted it destroyed as an eyesore, but everyone wanted to see it go. Hundreds of people marched into the hills, duvets and tents in hand, to watch the explosive destruction of three of the six cooling towers of Didcot A power station early on Sunday morning.

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Didcot towers destruction: residents and workers tell their stories – video

Standing for more than 40 years, gone in a few seconds, the three Didcot A cooling towers brought down by explosion on 27 July attracted joy, sadness and controversy. Local residents, workers at the station and demolition experts talk about preparing for the big day, and what the cooling towers have meant over decades as a landmark of the Oxfordshire countryside Continue reading…

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful

For the last few months, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years. The chairman of the IPCC, an international panel of the world’s top climate scientists, warned earlier this year that "nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change".

Future generations will no doubt wonder at our response, given the scale of the threat. It’s known that death, poverty and suffering await millions, and yet governments still vacillate.

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