On Friday 3rd January 2014, Britain prepared for severe flooding caused by strong winds. It's the third extreme storm that the UK has faced in less than a month. Last year at this time, the UK was battling freezing temperatures. Both weather events are extreme and abnormal.
Today is the day that we fight this curse or rather lack of motivation and make resolutions that matter, resolutions that are for change, resolutions that give back!
As a nation we're all becoming increasingly aware of the importance of making sure we buy organic and Fairtrade, and nowhere more so than in London, but we still have a way to go before this becomes the norm.
Nine years ago today the world was left stunned as the most deadly natural disaster ever recorded devastated the Indian Ocean region.
Whilst still a little way off, these technologies are already becoming a reality: challenging the prevailing perception that an environmentally friendly lifestyle can't go hand in hand with comfort and convenience.
"Grow your economy. And become poorer!" Not a very inspiring message. It doesn't even sound coherent. But however stupid it might sound, that is what is still happening in many developing countries. And if you don't believe that it is possible to grow your GDP at the same time as seeing a decline in your national wealth then consider the following...
Look beneath the surface and our rivers need help. Latest government figures show that just one fifth of our rivers are in a healthy ecological state. Over half of freshwater and wetland species are in decline and one in ten is on national red lists.
As Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, warned this week, the need to decarbonise is greater than ever.
Cities and regions were represented at the COP as never before.This is extremely important, given that more than half the global population lives in urban areas, which produce around 80% of energy-related emissions.
The most important aspect of these new reforms is that fishing quotas will now have to fit into a long-term plan based on scientific advice, with the aim of restoring Europe's fish stocks by 2020. That is ambitious, but achievable. They also have symbolic importance. They show that when the UK is constructive and pushes for reform of the EU, it can deliver real results.
I am bored to tears with how climate change is being portrayed in the media. We - the public - are routinely subjected to commentary that is abstract, dull and, all too frequently, delivered by sandaled individuals who it would be unthinkable for me to introduce to my parents.
With storms like Typhoon Haiyan becoming a scarily more frequent occurrence, we need a truly global movement of people from all backgrounds and walks of life who are wide awake to the reality of climate change. Mosques in the UK and further afield in Europe are getting ready to Green Up! and do their bit to reduce their carbon footprints.
Last Friday, along with at least a thousand others, I lay down in the road opposite Southwark tube station outside the offices of Transport for London. I joined the #TfLDieIn on foot, without my bike, to remember all those who have lost their lives on London's roads.
The idea of sustainability has been around for a while and whilst many businesses are starting to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of operating much more sustainably, we now need to go beyond incremental change. Only by influencing the nature of the systems in which they operate can businesses create a context in which they can innovate for long-term success.
The politicians have have agreed to meet Yourofsky's demands and history will be made on December the 11th when for thirty minutes, the controversial campaigner will speak to more than 100 Knesset members. He will show his famous slaughterhouse video and the words Holocaust, massacre and murder will be used.
The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.