With one line in his party conference speech, Ed Miliband may have destroyed what he achieved as Energy and Climate Change Secretary:
The next Labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017.
His pledge cut through the media clutter, and forced David Cameron to respond. Despite the policy’s relative unpopularity – it is [...]
Visiting vulnerable communities in India who are bearing the brunt of climate change, worsened by global carbon emissions, highlighted an alarming inequality to me that is leaving people in poverty around the world through no fault of their own.
The “Great Green Con” campaign by the Mail on Sunday took an unexpected turn at the weekend. It published an article by Prof Myles Allen, a “top British climate scientist”, who explained that climate change was definitely happening, and humans were causing it, but that most policy responses to it were misguided.
Allen’s is an interesting argument. [...]
The coldest spring in half a century has made energy bills the hottest topic of the season. But the heat has shifted in recent days, from rising gas prices in the face of supply shortages, to the cost of green and energy saving measures such as wind power and loft insulation.
This week, you may or may not be aware, is Climate Week – an annual event which seeks to raise awareness of big environmental issues and to inspire a new wave of action from the British public to help create a sustainable future.
Four years ago this week I felt immensely proud that the UK was leading the way in tackling climate change after the UK Parliament passed the Climate Change Act. Yet as world leaders gather in Doha for the UN Climate Change talks, it’s hard not to feel pessimistic.
The benefits of trees have been well-documented, ranging from mitigating the negative effects of pollution and climate change, to softening the urban landscape and creating a healthier environment for all. One place where trees are needed more than ever is in our cities. With eight out of every 10 people predicted live in cities by 2050, it is vital that we understand what is happening to our urban forest.
Whatever is happening to our food? Or to our meat, to be precise. Up until now meat – fatty, grisly, chewy meat, glistening in tallow – has played a central role on our plates. It has been accessible to everyone, everywhere and has become a food cheaper, quite literally, than chips.
You’d be forgiven for believing that American voters don’t care about climate change. After all, studies have suggested that reducing carbon emissions ranks at the bottom of the public’s priorities: who has time to deal with a future catastrophe when the Pentagon needs planes, ASAP?
For more than four decades the front lines of environmental campaigning have been located in the worlds of politics and technology.
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