July 7th, 2017

Wheels of fortune: the story of the wheeled bin

by Steve Watson

 

For a relative newcomer to our streets and homes, the wheeled bin has come to occupy an important place in both British civic and cultural life. They have  helped change how waste is managed, and – whether as the subject of the Daily Mail‘s ire or being ridden down a dale by the cast of Last of the Summer Wine – media appearances have been frequent.

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March 10th, 2017

Art of gold: Japanese ceramics and the circular economy

by Steve Watson

 

It’s a fundamental circular economy principle that we need to rethink how products are made so that they last longer and can be repaired or more easily recycled when their time is up. While the challenges this poses are significant enough, they are at least more tangible – in terms of design, engineering and policy – than the cultural task of, as consumers, reimaging what we want from our products.

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September 16th, 2016

Released without charge: inside England’s carrier bag data

by Steve Watson

 

Back in July, six months after England adopted a five pence charge on single use plastic bags (SUPBs), the government released the first data showing how the measure has affected consumption. The headline figure reported in the media was a reduction of 83%, which looks like a fantastic result – especially considering that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reported smaller reductions of 76%, 80% and 71% in the first years of their respective bans.

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September 2nd, 2016

Beyond the grave: environmentalism and death

by Steve Watson

 

While we may never know for sure if there is life after death, we can be sure that there will be environmental impacts. If it weren’t bad enough that we spend our lives consuming natural resources and steadily accruing huge carbon footprints, thanatophobic environmentalists may add fears of ongoing emissions and land use to the other horrors of the grave.

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May 13th, 2016

United in life and death: Maurice Strong and Mostafa Tolba

by Steve Watson

 

Within the past six months, the environmental community – and for that matter the planet – has lost two of its most influential champions. Maurice Strong, who passed away in November 2015, and Mostafa Tolba, who died this March, were both active on the world stage in the earliest days of the environmental movement as key figures in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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October 30th, 2015

Unnatural ways: a monster movie special

by Steve Watson

 

Where would Halloween be without a monster movie? It may be difficult sometimes to look behind the shlock and gore, especially if you’re watching from behind the sofa, but for the environmentally minded viewer this genre can often reveal an interesting analysis of concerns we deal with day in, day out.

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April 30th, 2015

What does the environment mean to UKIP?

by Steve Watson

 

As the only major party openly sceptical of humans’ role in climate change, UKIP were never likely to pitch their manifesto to win over the environmentally minded voter. It’s hard to imagine any other party retaining an Energy Spokesman who took to Twitter earlier this year to urge his followers to “strike a blow against Climate Hysteria” by turning on their lights during Earth Hour.

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