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What we learned this week

“The rich are disproportionate contributors to the carbon emissions that power climate change. It is cruel and perverse, therefore, that the costs of warming should be disproportionately borne by the poor.” That was in The Economist last week . When does a focus on productivity become counter-productive? asks my friend and co-author Katherine Trebeck on […]

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What we learned this week

The Citizen’s Assembly on Brexit is exactly the kind of forum we need as a country right now. . Coca-Cola is responding to the growing calls for action on plastic bottles. Their plan includes trialing a reward scheme for recycling. . Keep an eye out for misinformation on electric cars. The Koch brothers and their […]

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Britain’s first solar powered bus has taken to the streets. It’s run by community owned operator Big Lemon. . Earlier this week I mentioned that tyre manufacturers are making the next generation of tyres out of dandelions. It’s an extraordinary thing and here’s a little more about why alternatives are necessary, and why dandelions are […]

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If you fancy a creative writing challenge, have a look at the Green Alphabet Writing Prize, who got in touch this week. . Testing on external cladding on English high-rise blocks has been a disaster this week – 100% of them apparently failed fire tests. In Scotland, none of them have, proving that good cladding […]

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China switched on the world’s biggest floating solar farm this week. (Here’s why floating solar is a good idea.) . Earth Overshoot Day will land on August 2nd this year. That’s when we’ll have used up a sustainable quantity of the earth’s resources and services, and any further use is pushing us further into ecological […]

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Kiva are on the brink of a billion dollars in microloans. That’s a lot of $25 contributions. If you want to help tip them over the edge, you can make a loan here. . “Is it possible to become bored with hopelessness?” asks David Graeber about this week’s UK elections. I don’t always agree with […]

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The Global Seed Vault in Norway’s Arctic circle is supposed to be almost impregnable, but this winter temperatures got so high that it rained and flooded the stairs. No seeds were damaged, but climate change is forcing a review of their safety measures. . Nice to see SolarAid’s latest product recognised as the world’s most […]

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As well as trees, hedges have an important role in controlling air pollution in cities. . I took part in the Great British Bee Count with the children last year, and it’s an easy way to learn about more bees and contribute to a bit of biodiversity surveying in the process. It’s running again and […]

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The State of the Commons report is always well worth a read. Last year saw 1.2 billion Creative Commons licensed works – images, video, music, or blog posts like the ones here. . Britain has committed £8.6 million in public funds to investigating negative emissions technologies. . I rather like 10:10’s latest project, to crowdfund […]

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Triodos launched its long awaited current accounts this week. They are probably the most ethical banking option in Britain, if you’ve been losing patience with the Co-operative. . Twitter shareholders will vote next week over whether or not the company should consider selling itself to its users, turning it into a user-owned cooperative. I expect […]

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