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How To Live A Safe Outdoor Lifestyle In The Smog

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Air pollution remains one of the biggest issues facing public health. The World Health Organisation estimates that 3.7 million die prematurely from outdoor pollution and leads to an increased risk of heart disease and repertory issues such as asthma; and the problem isn't going away.

Climate And Energy: The Missing Issue In The US Presidential Election

Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor

What is the most important issue in the upcoming U.S Presidential elections? Is it Clinton's email investigation? Perhaps it's cross border migration from Mexico? Or the economy? Or terrorism and national security concerns? In my opinion one of the most important issues is one that's received disproportionately little attention in this election cycle: climate change and energy policy.

There Needs To Be A Label Between Meat-eater And Vegetarian

Sue Dibb | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Dibb

As a society we don't yet seem to recognise the middle ground between being a 'meat-eater' and vegetarian. If you try explaining that you simply eat a 'low meat diet' you end up sounding like a hypocritical vegetarian.

Smoke And Mirrors: Climate Negotiations And The Fossil Fuel Industry

Bex Dawkes | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK
Bex Dawkes

Imagine this. The government are reviewing the national guidelines on sugar consumption. You would think that this decision would be made by a group of experienced, intelligent and nonpartisan professionals. Unbeknownst to us, 'industry bodies' and 'corporate sponsors' are ushered into the conversations. Therefore, in amongst the doctors, politicians and health professionals, representatives from Coca Cola, Nestle and Kraft appear.

Delaying The Ratification Of The Paris Agreement Is A Dangerous And Reckless Approach To The Most Important Issue Of Our Time

Caroline Lucas | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In Parliament today, I asked the Prime Minister if she will commit to ratifying the agreement before the follow up negotiations in November of this year. She sidestepped the question and refused to give a firm date. With 2016 set to be the hottest year on record, this casual approach is at odds with ever more serious warnings about the severity of the climate crisis.

Will Brexit Put Paris Climate Deal in Doubt?

Seb Dance | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

Britain's decision to leave the EU and its impact on the Paris agreement remains unknown. But impending Brexit has certainly created far more questions than answers when it comes to tackling climate change. We must do all we can to ensure there is a positive answer to them.

Responsible Innovation at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit: An In Depth Review

Charlotte Turner | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK Style
Charlotte Turner

The summit, organized by the Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of the Nordic Fashion Association, focused on 'responsible innovation', moving us to think more deeply about the true meaning of the word sustainability, which is at risk of becoming undervalued or even dismissed through over use

Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Coal Companies Have Two Problems: The Age of Coal is Over and People Reminding Them of That Fact

Rolf Schuttenhelm | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Tech
Rolf Schuttenhelm

The coal industry is cracking, globally. Several nations are declaring themselves coal free, shutting down coal plants and withdrawing billions of potentially stranded coal investments.

Having Been Instrumental in Achieving the Paris Agreement, the Commonwealth Has to Be Instrumental in Delivering It

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

As Secretary-General I'm determined the Commonwealth takes a lead. Not just for our small island states who are literally disappearing before our eyes but for the world as a whole. We've had the agreements. It's time now for action.

Communicating the Need for the 'Greatest Collective Action in History'

Chris Rapley | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Rapley

To succeed requires the 'Greatest Collective Action in History' - the need to fundamentally and rapidly transform the world's energy system, transport system, and possibly the economic system also. It will be necessary to adapt established infrastructure and behaviours to new climatic conditions already in the pipeline.

Let's Make History on April 22

Samantha J Smith | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Remember this number: 1.5 degrees. That's the upper limit for global warming that our governments will try to stay under, as agreed at the global climate negotiations in Paris last year. Everything all of us do from this point on will be measured against it.

What Does the Paris Agreement Mean to You?

Maria Keogh | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Maria Keogh

Photo courtesy of Arnaud Bouissou According to UNFCCC the Paris Agreement can only be successful if everyone fully supports it, and helps bring it ...

We Need to Think as World Citizens for the Paris Agreement to Succeed in Combating Climate Change

Lucy Orta | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Lucy Orta

Despite the universal good will of the COP21 Climate Summit, we have to confront the harsh reality of an increase in temperature above 1.5C, we have to fight it and above all we have to be creative and take risks. It will require the vision and voices of activists and scientists, artists and designers, to translate the agreement of ministers into an emergency call for action that reaches everyone in every walk of life.

What Will Be the Key Sustainability Trends in 2016?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK
Trewin Restorick

Every year I rashly agree to forecast/guess what will be the key sustainability trends for the year ahead. This time last year I did predict that under investment in flood defences would force government onto the back foot reducing them to sticky plaster solutions - so I got at least one right! What then might happen in 2016?

Green vs. Competitive: The Stalemate Continues

John Bunzl | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

[Co-authored with David Saddington] In the closing moments of 2015 an 'historic' deal was brokered in Paris which not only set about limiting greenh...

2016: The Year the Oil Era Enters Terminal Decline

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Tech
Assaad W Razzouk

2015 was a landmark year for climate action. Its many highlights were topped by a Paris agreement where 195 countries set themselves on a low-carbon path via economy-wide plans sure to be developed and strengthened every year.

It Will Only Be a Happy New Year If the Money Drowns Before We Do

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

It's very hard to wish you all a happy new year when so many are experiencing hardship. Whether you are trying to get muddy water out of what used to be your home, digging your children out of the rubble of an air strike in Syria, fighting forest fires in drought ridden Spain, or contemplating the failed COP 21 agreement, I am thinking of you.

UK Energy: No Plans to Get FIT for the New Year

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

We have what we need in the UK to transition into a renewable economy - engineering capability, R&D to advance new technologies, and a government which can facilitate policies to engage business and individuals to play their part. But is the government thinking with this long term vision in mind?

Has Christmas Come Early?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

It feels like Christmas has come early. Everything we have been discussing and debating since the Copenhagen climate change meeting in 2009 and the Rio Earth Summit in 2012, seems to have come together. It is what we do now that will be what define us though. Will 2015 be a wasted promise or a defining moment?

The Paris Agreement: Let's Get to Work

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

During the years I have been following the climate debate since the failed Copenhagen COP15 talks in 2009, I have never been more optimistic than I am today, the week after all the 195 UN countries finally came together to secure a global deal on climate change.

After COP21: Achieving a Zero Carbon Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Polly Courtice

Our world leaders have agreed a surprisingly ambitious deal in Paris to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. But in our efforts to manage our expectations do we risk finding ourselves slightly under-prepared for the response that is now required?

Dave, We Need to Talk: Your Fossil Fuel Problem Is Affecting Us All

Piers Telemacque | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

We've heard this all before. You said you'd be the greenest government ever. We believed you. You hung out with huskies. We believed you. Time and time again. You put a wind turbine on your house. We believed you. We wanted to believe you.

After COP21 It's Time to Talk About Animal Agriculture and Climate Change

Damien Clarkson | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Damien Clarkson

I was in Paris over the weekend for the end of the #COP21 UN climate summit. As a campaigner I was under no illusion that the Paris Agreement would be little more than a vague commitment to seriously tackle climate change.

Show Me the Climate Money: UN Climate Deal Is a Triumph, now Onto Bridging a Huge Investment Gap

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Assaad W Razzouk

The Paris Agreement reached on 12 December is a triumph of the human spirit, built around the world class diplomacy of France, the UNFCCC Executive Se...