August 30th, 2013

Playing chicken with the climate: why environmentalists should go veggie

Bypass Burger

by Francis Vergunst

 

You’ve heard it from the Greens, you’ve heard it from your friends, you’ve probably even heard it from your grandma… and now you’re hearing it from the government too. What’s the big deal? Do we really need to eat less meat – or none at all? I would argue that becoming vegetarian could be the most effective action you take against climate change. Consider the following.

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March 11th, 2013

Science and the environment: bridging the credibility gap

Eric Hobsbawm

by Ann Ballinger

 

At the core of my work for Eunomia is a belief in evidence-based decision making. Sometimes the evidence is stronger than others, and there is an element of art in selecting the assumptions that go into even the most rigorous lifecycle analysis or a cost benefit analysis. Taking a dispassionate approach to the evidence remains my aim – but there is no doubt that this has become increasingly difficult in the environmental sector as a whole, leading in extreme cases to some questioning the role of science in society.

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October 19th, 2012

Is the climate changing in the local press?

South Point Wind Farm

By Ben Wilde

 

Climate change seems to have disappeared from the spotlight. Politicians and the media both are giving the issue far less focus, at a time when the continued public reinforcement of its importance seems crucial.

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June 28th, 2012

Acorns, not oaks

Bin, Scan, Win!

by Peter Jones

 

I’ve come across two very different eye-catching green ideas in the last couple of weeks, both with the aim of switching young people on to more sustainable living. Their sources couldn’t be more different – two local authorities collaborating to inspire young people to recycle “on the go”, and iconic punk designer Vivienne Westwood promoting sustainable fashion. And while each is doing something exciting and ambitious, I fear that neither is reaching its full potential.

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June 14th, 2012

It’s not all carnival in Rio

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

by Phillip Ward

 

My memory may be failing, but I seem to recall that the first UN conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in 1992 – which I was lucky to attend – attracted more popular attention than its follow up conference, Rio+20, which is due to start later this month.

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April 24th, 2012

Blue, orange and green

Corcovado statue01 2005-03-14

by Phillip Ward

 

Of all the ideological tussles going on within the coalition government, perhaps the one least in the public eye is that over the environment.  It is too simple to say that the debate splits down party lines. That would be unfair on some Conservatives – like Tim Yeo – who genuinely get the point. And it may be too generous to some Liberal Democrats – like Nick Clegg.

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April 20th, 2012

Should we agree with Nick?

Nick Clegg De Montfort

by Peter Jones

 

It’s hard to disagree with the sentiment behind Nick Clegg’s speech on the green economy last week at KPMG’s London headquarters in Canary Wharf. His words were welcomed by groups as diverse as the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Confederation of British Industry. The Deputy PM’s core claim was that the economic downturn, far from necessitating a turn away from environmentally sustainable policies, presents a major opportunity to reshape our economy and encourage a transformation in energy efficiency: “in so many ways, for so many consumers, for so many firms, going green has never made so much sense.”

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