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The Earth Shot Prize: Repairing Our Planet

The Earth Shot Prize: Repairing Our Planet

So often, sustainability discussions centre on some of the most basic topics imaginable. The basic elements of water, air, fire and earth – our ability to eat – and, ultimately, survival. The survival of animals, plants, of the planet and, of course, the human race.

5 Key Points from the COP26 Glasgow Climate Change Conference

5 Key Points from the COP26 Glasgow Climate Change Conference

Calls for action are reaching a boiling point. COP26 aside, the closing months of 2021 – and of one momentously taxing period for the global population – have brought a renewed sense of urgency to the table, and an undeniable sense that the final curtain is preparing to draw itself across our hope for a healthier, safer future. 

The Energy Price Hike and Fuel Poverty

The Energy Price Hike and Fuel Poverty

It comes as a stark warning after almost two years’ worth of disruptions, complications and setbacks: an impending increase as high as 30% to our household energy bills on the cards for millions across the country.

While the anticipated time of arrival for this price hike remains somewhat vague – many reports see the spring of 2022 on the horizon – it feels even more immediate in light of the fact that wholesale gas prices have already skyrocketed, and led to the immediate collapse of a number of smaller energy firms.  The volatility is set to continue, with more energy suppliers at risk – and, of course, many more households being pushed to the edge by the devastatingly high cost of power and heat.

Past, Present and Future, as According to the IPCC’s Report on Climate Change

Past, Present and Future, as According to the IPCC’s Report on Climate Change

It has been little over a week since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its pivotal report on the true extent of global climate change. All at once, the panel’s findings were both predictable and shocking; a stark look at what we all knew was coming, and outcomes that seemed, for the past few years, to be far more remote than they really are.

The Green Energy Suppliers Protesting a Proposed Surcharge For Nuclear Power

The Green Energy Suppliers Protesting a Proposed Surcharge For Nuclear Power

Nuclear energy is no stranger to the ‘grey area’.  On the one hand, it represents a statistical dream for those looking to marry sustainability with modern life; capable of maintaining a continuously high output more than capable of meeting the needs of thousands – all at a lower cost than coal or gas, and without any of the harmful consequences of carbon emissions – poses it as something of an ideal solution.

Carbon Tax: An Overview

Carbon Tax: An Overview

Any discussion on climate change – whether it takes place between world leaders, economists, activists or anyone else – boils down to CO2, and the various ways we can work to mitigate its production. The climate crisis is fuelled by many different factors and harmful emissions but, CO2 has rightfully taken a central role in both our concerns and, and our efforts.

Bill Gates on How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

There is a duality to Bill Gates’ writing; a core message to humanity, split into two sentences of equal importance, and, if ignored, equal consequence. The first is this: carry out the solutions we have found. The second: find what is missing. When practiced in tandem, these two separate clauses create an endless cycle of action and reflection, taking responsibility before learning what those responsibilities are – and, of course, why they are – before, of course, taking responsibility again.

Craig Foster’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’

Craig Foster’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’ is proof that beneath the amorphous and kaleidoscopic skin of the octopus, there is something more – a message that could not be more relevant to the vertiginous state of human life today. What sets it apart from other documentaries, however, is the ways in which it can appeal directly to the individual. Rather than bringing our position within the entirety of humankind into sharp relief, it plays to a different set of emotions we all possess – and in a much quieter, slower way than some of the epic and cinematic pieces we have written on in the past. 

Is Renewable Electricity Growing Fast Enough to Help Limit Global Heating?

Is Renewable Electricity Growing Fast Enough to Help Limit Global Heating?

The global effort against climate change has been brought much closer to the forefront over the past few years, with new initiatives, grants, plans and proposals being put forth by governing bodies with increasing frequency.

In the UK, new measures as varied as the export tariff for those producing their own renewable energy, local efficiency incentives, the now-defunct Green Homes Grant, company and road tax benefits on electric cars, and new energy performance standards for the domestic construction sector comprise just a small part of the impetus driving both public and private sectors toward a more sustainable future.

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