Sustainability

The Battle for Sustainable Development Will Be Won or Lost in Cities

Peter Bakker | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Peter Bakker

Cities can be seen as an environmental time bomb. They currently consume up to 80% of global material and energy supplies and produce around 75% of carbon emissions. With current energy intensive modes of urban development, the addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050 will mean we have no chance of limiting climate change.

Saving the World in Heels: Sweetness and Light

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

The anti-sugar anarchist: In the last month, every office, gym and social occasion has seemingly acquired a particular kind of dietary zealot ready to demonise sweet treats, including the humble banana, at the first sign of fun.

Sustainability: Should 'We' Care?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources is becoming ever-more apparent in the UK and around the world: flash floods have destroyed homes; farming and crops have been affected; transport services have caused chaos with sudden cancellations and closures.

How the EU Could Help UK Consumers Get to Grips With Resource Use

Craig Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Craig Bennett

A survey for the National Geographic magazine showed that westerners consume a lot, but are less likely to feel that they should consume less to impro...

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

Climate Change, Accept the Science and Act

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

It is high time we accepted the science - climate change is real and man-made - and started to implement energy saving measures in everything we do. We need to embrace renewable energy and in so doing drastically cut our emissions of greenhouse gases.

Soneva Fushi Is 'Finished With Fins'

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Sonu Shivdasani

2014 is set to be a busy year for us all at The Soneva Group. With so many plans underway to improve and enhance the experiences at our resorts, we are sure to never lose sight of our commitment to environmentally responsible tourism.

Informal Networks Provide Essential Services in Cities

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Green Futures

In cities across the world, people are coming together in informal networks to deliver services in waste collection, water supply and community welfare that officials fail to deliver. It's time to recognise their value, says Ben Goldfarb.

Brewing a Tasty, Sustainable Future for Tea

Sally Uren | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Sally Uren

After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Global consumption of tea jumped 60% between 1993 and 2010 and we now drink more than 3 billion cups a day. As consumers around the world get a taste for different types of tea, consumption is set to continue to rise, particularly in Asian markets.

Why I Skip

Cameron Kaye | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Cameron Kaye

As an environmental campaigner I try to live as sustainably as possible and put my beliefs into practice. Skipping for food is, for me, an integral part of being both true to my beliefs and leading a truly sustainable life...

Role Model Rebels: The Women Rewriting the Rules of Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Sometimes it can feel as if women take two step forwards and one step on the path to leadership. But there's a groundshift taking place. I see it in the groups I work with, in the young women I coach. They want to change things...

Surfing and Sustainability

Gregory Borne | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

The jury is still out on whether sustainability can be achieved within surfing. But I wonder if there's something about surfing and surfers that will make this transition possible.

We Need to Support Organisations at the Vanguard of Tackling Fuel Poverty

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Butler-Sloss

Today, the biggest ever fuel poverty campaign, the Energy Bill Revolution, starts a week-long programme of action designed to raise awareness at the highest political levels of the energy crisis facing the country. The economy may be showing green shoots, but rising fuel costs are hurting the pockets of many of the UK's hardest-pressed, low-income families - threatening to undermine economic recovery as well as dragging even more people into poverty.

Shale Gas: Make Polluters Pay for the Social Cost of Fracking

The Conversation UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The government's "sweeteners", of 1% of shale gas revenues to local communities and handing local authorities all of the business rates arising from shale gas wells, can be seen as a financial compensation for the disruption fracking will cause locally. The introduction of climate change taxation would tackle the far greater global disruption that the climate effects of shale gas would otherwise bring.

Businesses Can't Afford to Ignore Climate Change Any Longer

Peter Bakker | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Bakker

Yes, we need to talk about jobs and growth and inequality, but businesses can't afford to ignore climate change any longer. Business holds many of the technologies and solutions that can create the transformation the world needs. And the business case to do so is strong. Business must now scale up the implementation of these solutions.

Why Energy Efficiency Must Be a National Infrastructure Priority

Paul King | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

A number of issues have been blamed for poor take-up of the Green Deal, from early IT glitches and inadequate marketing to overly-complex administration. But it is the relatively high interest rates on Green Deal loans - around 8 per cent - that have most commonly been cited for deterring consumers from signing on the dotted line.

Businesses Cannot Be Successful If the Society Around Them Fails

Tim Lindsay | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Tim Lindsay

Once upon a time the 'S' word - sustainability - was about as relevant to business as a fork in a sugar bowl. At best a box to be ticked; at worst seen as a serious impediment to the pursuit of profit. But the world is changing. Look at the business news and you'll see the global heads of big businesses uttering that 'S' word with increasing frequency.

The Urgency and Opportunity of Business Sustainability

Adam Stones | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Governments, businesses and individuals are trying to identify how best to address the fact that current approaches to operations are not only driving this change but may also be fundamentally unsustainable in the long term.

New Year Conservation Resolutions

Frontier | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Frontier

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!

We Must Get Real About Sustainability Now to Ensure the Lifestyle We Want in 2050

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

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.

Almost Two Thirds of Romanians Say "YES" to Mining

Catalin Hosu | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
Catalin Hosu

For centuries, mining has been the backbone of Romanian life - a large proportion of the country has relied on this tradition as a vital source of income and employment since Roman times. It is therefore no surprise to hear that today almost two in every three Romanians are in favour of mining.

Will We Ever Win the Battle Against Climate Change When Fighting It Sounds So Boring? The Story of Climate Gentleman

Matthew Phillips | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Matthew Phillips

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.

Three Days at the 2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonu Shivdasani

I had high expectations for the 4th SLOW LIFE Symposium and it certainly didn't disappoint. With three days of conversing and debating with thirty of the great leaders and visionary thinkers from diverse areas of expertise, I knew from Day One that we would leave here with a sense of renewed energy and enthusiasm to change the world.

Roşia Montană Needs Investment and Mining Before It Can Be a World Heritage Site

Dragos Tanase | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Dragos Tanase

Romania's mining tradition dates back over 2,000 years to Roman times and has been the backbone of many of its communities ever since. There can be no doubt that our country's history and archaeology deserves both recognition and preservation.

Polyamory, This Season's Gay

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

In the battle for the right to choose how to demonstrate your sexuality, polyamorists are the new 'convenient issue', the latest depraved people to pick on. We are the slippery slope. Because the mind loves polarities of definition.