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What we learned this week

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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I have made a lot of work for a mall manager in Sweden. That post from a couple of weeks ago on the ReTuna mall, where everything is recycled and refurbished, went viral rather spectacularly. When Lars Wiklund told me about it, I Googled it and there were no results in English. Now there are […]

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There’s a real appetite for repair out there. My recent post on the Edinburgh Remakery has been shared over ten thousand times on Facebook. I think it’s the name: ‘Remakery’ is evocative and immediate. I might have to write more about how we promote a culture of repair. Among the many people who got in […]

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Want to do something practical about air pollution? Take part in this large scale citizen-science project from Friends of the Earth. While you’re thinking about action, perhaps you’d like to take part in the Global Divestment Mobilisation in May. And can you spare one hour’s salary to help send children to school? My friend Dan […]

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“When it comes to poverty, we should stop pretending to know better than poor people” says Rutger Bregman as he explores a forgotten experiment on the universal basic income. Given the importance of energy storage in the age of renewable energy, it’s surprising that Britain hasn’t built a grid scale energy storage facility for 30 […]

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Nice to see a community cooperative winning the coveted title of Britain’s best pub. Bought back by its customers after it went bankrupt, it now hosts a library, shop and allotments. Are China’s emissions peaking? Carbon Brief takes a long hard look at the dip in coal power and the slowing of emissions in this […]

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Those with an interest in cultured meat might want to investigate the findings of the first bit of research into perceptions of cellular agriculture. There’s a long way to go before this is understood. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you climate injustice, make an equitable post-carbon society” says Tegan Tallulah […]

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The New Weather Institute has been doing the kind of listening exercise the government has failed to do since Brexit, and written it up in a new report. Well worth a read. As Britain continues to push for fracking, what can we learn from the campaign to stop coal seam gas in Australia? Can you […]

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