Earlier this week, in response to a question in the Lords from my colleague Larry Whitty, Lord Lawson urged the government to rethink the UK's approach to climate change, and to back away from what he called "unilateral masochism". It is wrong to assume that our approach to tackling climate change is any kind of masochism, let alone unilateral.
To put plainly, if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty. If we want to ensure that hard-won development gains are not wasted, we have to take decisive action on climate change.
Due to a lack of suitable technology, there's been a lack of activity in deep-sea mining since HMS Challenger first discovered seabed minerals in 1873. But huge investment in emerging technologies is likely to make commercial mining a reality within a few years.
If we want people to get behind the movement fighting climate change, we have to make it clear what that means: not sacrificing the things we need to save a few trees, but working towards a radical overhaul of our economy to make it work for this generation and the next; make it work for the many, not the few; and make it truly fit for the future.
The world of fashion is increasingly under the environmental spotlight as the impact of the industry becomes apparent from pesticides in cotton through to working conditions in Bangladesh. Top of the hit list are fast fashion chains with campaigns questioning whether the pile it high sell it cheap model can be environmental sustainable.
When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it.
Picture the scene of a man stood atop a tank breaking a Palestinian flag over his knee, familiar imagery from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip? No, thi...
Positioned at the centre of the challenges posed by climate change, women and young girls are central to new, innovative solutions that can create economic opportunities yet have minimal impact on the environment.
Another general election slides by with barely a murmur about environmental issues despite growing evidence that we are placing increasing strains on the earth's capacity to provide the resources desired by modern lifestyles.
As the world of business evolves at rapid speed, it's not uncommon to find yourself feeling overwhelmed with eager competitors. The initial enthusiasm and determination chips away and it can become a challenge to re-motivate yourself, even more so when plagued with doubts on whether you or your business is good enough.
Policies of fair land acquisition have been undone, coal mines have been exempted from public hearings, irrigation projects have been allowed without ...
Two days before I left Egypt, I finally had the chance to visit his house in one of Cairo's overcrowded slums. He had two daughters, Farah and Marwa. Both go to a school in Zamalek and had memorised the entire Quran.
It is realistic to think we can have a different kind of economy and society. It is possible to create a fair and just arrangement in which no one need fear being unable to put food on the table or keep a roof over their head... It is profoundly unrealistic to think we can continue as we are.
26 billion trees are cut down every year and only 15 billion are replanted. Just like our economy, we're in a tree deficit. If we want to make a difference we're going to have to plant faster. Together, Robert and I managed 20 trees in the day (large saplings) - one street in East London.
I would like Labour to do more on the environment, and I would like it to become one of their top priorities, and let's be fair, at this election, so far it hasn't. But for this to happen, I believe we need to challenge the party from within, which is why I joined. The more members of the Labour party who care and challenge green issues, the more likely it is that it will become a core Labour policy.
April 22nd is Earth Day. Maybe this means a lot to you, perhaps it doesn't. Maybe you want to help the environment but don't know where to start. Well, how about don't wash your jeans. Not on Earth Day, or the next day, or the next week or even the next month.