Instead of learning from nature many want to ignore it and say those want to use nature for flood protection are 'leftie environmentalist with no real-world idea'. The environment has provided us a lot so far, maybe if we allowed it some land it could help us a bit more.
The discovery of new mammals (other than bats and rats) is pretty rare nowadays, but in 2012, scientists identified a new flying squirrel after it was found in a market in Laos. New primates are found even more rarely, but photos taken in Jakarta's Ngawi market in 2009, led to the declaration of a new species of monkey called the golden crowned langur.
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?
Last week I returned from COP 21 after nearly two incredibly busy weeks in Paris. Where I was promoting Bristol and negotiating a global solution to one of the biggest challenges that ours and future generations face.
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.
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.
There is an alternative. Where countries educate and empower women, ensure reliable access to a range of family planning methods and promote the benefits of smaller families, birth rates fall quickly to western levels.
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?
The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.
Successful economies today have governments prepared to take a strategic approach to how development takes place. The old idea that simply exposing new industries to the full blast of competition will promote their development is increasingly discredited... But the Tories are stuck in the past, and ducking the challenge. In November, the UK became the only G7 country to increase fossil fuel subsidies. We are paying out £6billion a year, almost twice the financial support we provide renewable energy providers - which we are now continuing to cut. After the deal struck in Paris over the weekend, the shift to a low-carbon economy is inevitable. The government should be supporting this transition, not hampering it.
The future of the UN's new Global Goals and the promises to end extreme poverty, the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable, and even the fate of peanut crops like Diallo's are all at stake as these world leaders return home to consider the promises made. What is needed next is action to ensure finance for adaptation goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are given priority.
We talk about sustainability and climate change, about how to fight it, how to live green and how to raise awareness. Often, we wonder what it will take for people to understand the serious situation our planet is in.
From the high street to the boutiques, a willingness to embrace an environmentally friendly image in fashion has always existed. But now, substance is beginning to back up the motivation...
On Saturday, when the final agreement emerges, the EU more than any other economic block will need to see a clear and unambiguous signal that the world is serious about tackling this issue and that the momentum for change is now unstoppable.
This is the better meaning of Christmas: not that we receive from a supply that will never end, but that, in the dead of night, in acknowledgement of the limited resources that this world has, we recognise our common worth and equality and share what we have with those who have less.
We often hear it said that there are too many people on Earth, that 'overpopulation' is an existential threat, and that fewer people might consume proportionately less, resulting in some easy environmental gains such as less carbon output and fewer species extinctions. It's a seductive logic, but is it true?