With bold environmental ideas we can make the most of a hung parliament

This post is by Richard Benwell, head of government affairs at WWT. A hung parliament, with a packed legislative agenda, blank slate of policy and limited time on the Brexit countdown clock: these are good conditions for great environmental accomplishments. Without a commanding majority, the government will need to search for areas of political unity to build political capital, like

Trump’s misguided decision: a view from the US

Following Donald Trump’s announcement to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Green Alliance is publishing a series of blog posts from different voices in response. This post is by Vrinda Manglik, campaign representative with the Sierra Club’s International Climate and Energy campaign. Thursday 1 June was a rough day for the US climate movement. Even though we

The world unites as Trump pulls out of Paris

Following Donald Trump’s announcement to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Green Alliance is publishing a series of blog posts from different voices in response. On the morning of 12 December 2015, I found myself cycling around Paris, not really knowing where I was going but definitely glad to be part of something that felt momentous. As

What are the manifestos promising on the environment?

Next Tuesday for the first time in this election campaign, the public will get the chance to put questions directly to the major parties’ on their ambitions and aims for the environment in the next parliament at the Greener UK hustings. The debate will include issues like air quality and pollution, nature protection, international leadership, farming and fisheries, climate change

Metro mayors: a real chance to think global and act local

This post is by Polly Billington, director of UK100, a network of UK cities committed to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050. The results are in and metro mayors across the land are hitting the ground running. From the West of England to the Tees Valley, new leaders have a massive

How clean or green is wind power? Setting the record straight

This post is by Chaitanya Kumar, senior policy adviser on energy at Green Alliance. A recent article in the Spectator, by Matt Ridley, has challenged the importance of wind energy in the national and global energy mix, dismissing it as irrelevant and saying that it causes greater environmental damage than we are willing to acknowledge. The author’s initial source is

What environment and development communities can learn from each other on achieving political impact

This post is by Matthew Spencer, former director of Green Alliance and now Oxfam’s director of campaigns and policy. Before the end of the first week of the UK election campaign, to widespread surprise, Theresa May agreed to the development sector’s main demand to maintain the UK’s 0.7 per cent overseas aid commitment. In contrast, the following week, the government

Why the UK reducing its climate diplomacy may not be all bad for green industry

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The government’s Industrial Strategy consultation closed on Easter Monday. But before we had chance to draw breath, a snap election was called, moving the political agenda on again. The future for industrial strategy What will this mean for industrial strategy? If Theresa May remains prime minister there are strong indications it will remain a

How UK plc can support emerging economies to go low carbon

This post is by Neal Mehta, managing consultant in the energy and climate team at ICF For the past five months, colleagues and I have worked on a project for the UK government that was ultimately trying to answer the question: how is the UK best placed to contribute to, and benefit from, the global low carbon transition? Our answer

Resource efficiency will improve UK competitiveness

This post is by Professor Paul Ekins OBE, director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. There are many reasons to increase resource efficiency in an economy like the UK’s. Among them are the need to reduce pressure on natural resources in a world with growing populations and economies; to reduce the vulnerability to imported material’s supply

We are approaching a critical tipping point for investors

This post is by Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng, chair of the Committee on Climate Change’s Adaptation Sub-Committee. It is written in a personal capacity. We are approaching a climate change tipping point, one that I am eagerly awaiting. With all of the political changes going on in the UK and around the world, I just hope this one

We must support the transition to low carbon by phasing out high carbon

This post is by Jenny Bird, Dr Florian Kern, Dr Paula Kivimaa and Dr Karoline Rogge from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand. Prior to the era of Donald Trump, tweeting was an unusual way to make a government announcement. But a tweet from the UK team at the 2014 UN climate summit in New York declared David Cameron’s

Reusable Kitchen Products That Will Save Money & The Planet

Swap out wasteful disposables for durable, reusable kitchen products that are budget-friendly, eco-friendly and much nicer to use. Picture a typical kitchen that’s set up to deal with all the food and all the mess that comes along with a crazy, busy life. There’s a drawer full of plastic wrap and baggies, a cupboard bursting…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

The government should publish its environment plans without further delay

This post is by Richard Benwell, head of government affairs at WWT. The government has published its Industrial Strategy, its Housing White Paper and its Digital Plan, but three flagship environmental promises remain mired in Whitehall wrangling: the 25 year environment plan, the 25 year food and farming plan and the clean growth plan are all delayed. These strategies are

Cleaning up the oceans is not a solution to the plastic problem

This blog was first posted on EurActiv. Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic ends up as waste, as marine litter polluting the oceans, or as litter on our beaches. Lightweight, durable, and low cost plastics have transformed the products we make and consume, becoming ubiquitous through their convenience

What resource efficiency can do for the industrial strategy

This post is by Dr Colin Church, CEO of CIWM, the leading institution for resources and waste management, and the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force.   I am delighted to become the chair of the Circular Economy Task Force at such a critical moment for resources policy. 2017 has much for us to get our teeth into. The

Why this week’s budget shouldn’t ignore the UK’s yawning low carbon power gap

This year the spring budget comes at an odd time for all things low carbon in the UK. In February, the government published its industrial strategy, setting out its clean growth aims as part of Theresa May’s flagship domestic economic policy. By the beginning of the summer, the government will produce a ‘clean growth’ plan, outlining how the UK will

Brexit or not, Britain will still be a global pioneer on the environment

This post is by Andrew Sells, chairman of Natural England, and is a response to the recent post by Lord Chris Smith I very much welcome Lord (Chris) Smith’s return to the environmental fray in his recent blog. He knows better than most the politics of the environment and the delicate relationship between central

Why environmentalists should be excited by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Under its new industrial strategy, the government has committed £4.7 billion for science and innovation until 2020 and has announced the creation of a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). This will be modelled on the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA. For seasoned innovation thinkers, this is very good news. But what’s so exciting about DARPA?

We need to find common ground on sustainable fisheries

This post is by Lyndsey Dodds, head of UK and EU marine policy at WWF. Since the EU referendum, there has been much talk of the ‘sea of opportunity’ for fisheries but little detail on what it will look like in practice and how we can go further than the status quo, to become world leaders on sustainable fisheries management.

Homemade Toothpaste That Will Make You Smile

Homemade toothpaste recipe using only 5 natural ingredients. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been sewing, cooking and whipping up crafts of all sorts. This craftiness certainly has had its advantages – saving money (why buy when you can make?), impressing friends (homemade gifts!) and generally keeping me out of trouble. …Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Solutions to air pollution have to work for everyone

This post is by Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. It’s estimated that toxic air pollution from diesel vehicles in London is responsible for over 9,000 premature deaths a year, and it disproportionately affects school children and the most vulnerable members of our communities. Brixton Road, in my constituency, exceeded its annual air pollution limit just five days into

Getting novel materials right from the start should be an industrial strategy priority

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. As Theresa May’s foreword to the industrial strategy shows, the government has a lot riding on this policy. The prime minister variously talks it up as the answer to the UK’s productivity problem, the means of rebalancing the economy away from financial services, and a source of