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Getting our houses in order

Protesters occupy airports. But old fashioned loft insulation is more important than stopping flying

By John Beddington   January 2009

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This year will see unprecedented attention given to climate change. Boosted by new political will in Washington, our political leaders will begin to sign up to emissions reductions far tougher than Kyoto. In November Britain passed a legally-binding commitment to an 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050. Barack Obama has promised to follow suit. But still, a major rethink about the way we use energy is urgently needed.

Where should we put in most effort? The conventional wisdom says it’s all about cars, planes, and wind farms. Both…

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