There's enough in the news to make for grinding of the teeth (not to mention things that give rise to CU's regular threats to emigrate) that I am inclined to register a little cluster of recent items which redress the balance a bit.
(1) The tenor of the latest IPCC report: as several commentators have noted, adaptation to climate change has started to feature as a mainstream topic instead of being viewed as tantamount to abject surrender of the greenie-lefty desideratum of abatement-only policies by diktat, in not-so-subtle pursuit of their goal of World Government. Adaptation is the correct direction of travel, and it is to be hoped that after another 5 years of slow progress, public policy will be substantially redirected to this potentially quite urgent end. The only vague excuse for windfarms has been as a programme of Keynsian public works, and intelligent flood defences etc are infinitely better on that score - saints preserve us, they could even show a genuine return on investment !
(2) The interview with Caroline Lucas in the Grauniad
For Lucas, the big problem with fracking has nothing to do with the risk that it will cause earthquakes, contaminate the water table or pollute the soil. In fact, she thinks it possible that stringent regulations could minimise those risks. "It's not that fracking itself is necessarily worse than ordinary gas extraction ... Lucas accepts that we do need gas ...
These words (my emphasis) are a cut-out-and-keep collectors item.
(3) The re-opening of the Dawlish stretch of railway. When it was first washed away, everyone shook their heads sadly and proclaimed it would take 6 months and more to fix. And who could disagree, given the shocking length of time that British civil engineering projects generally take ? Makes the blood boil: FFS, World War 2 only took 6 years! Anyhow, for once the finger was pulled out and the job was done in good time. The same attitude needs adopting rather more widely: hey, maybe even for implementation of, errr, adaptation policies ...
So - credit where it's due, and a modest round of applause to these three disparate entities for their belated but worthwhile conversions to the ways of righteousness. There is more rejoicing in Heaven, etc etc: and no-one is beyond salvation !