April 27th, 2018

Bad news: why journalists get the environment wrong

by Mike Brown   Listening to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme earlier this year, I heard an interviewer premise a question by saying that coffee cups weren’t really disposable because they couldn’t be recycled. Read that again – it makes no sense however you look at it. While it betrays a pretty weak grasp of […]


February 9th, 2018

Measure for measure

by Rob Gillies and Eric Bridgwater   The UK Government has been hinting that, in a post-Brexit future, the UK might move away from weight-based recycling rates as the key measure of waste management environmental performance. So what alternatives are there, and why might they be preferable?   Weight and see The most common criticism […]


July 14th, 2017

No-fly zone: is low carbon travel worth the effort?

by Sarah Ettlinger   I last set foot on an aeroplane in 2015, for a Copenhagen-London round trip. The time before that was the same journey in 2008. Yet during this time I have split my time between Denmark and the UK for reasons of work, study and family, and thus still chosen to travel […]


February 17th, 2017

Are renewable energy advocates hurting the climate cause?

by Paul McDivitt   In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. Scrolling through my Facebook news feed recently, I stumbled upon an article shared by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization focused on climate science. “The […]


October 21st, 2016

Solar slow down

by Katharine Blacklaws   The need to decarbonise the UK’s electricity supply as part of efforts to mitigate the effects of potentially catastrophic climate change is now little disputed. The UK has several targets to cut its domestic emissions to achieve an 80% reduction based on 1990 levels by 2050.  This includes an interim target […]


December 4th, 2015

COP 21: what wood George Perkins Marsh do?

by Sophie Harvey-Franklin   This week, delegates from 195 countries are coming together in Paris to discuss a global approach to tackling climate change. It’s the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (or COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and after the disappointingly scant results of previous meetings, this […]


July 3rd, 2015

Taking the wind out of electricity sales

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by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley   The new Conservative Government has wasted no time in implementing its manifesto pledge to end subsidies for onshore wind. Just six weeks into her tenure as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd announced that the Renewable Obligation (RO) would close a year early for […]