2024: a crucial election year for our climate

2024 could be a triumph for democracy as it’s expected to be the biggest global election year in history. Across the world, it's predicted that over 60 countries will take to the polls, plus the European Union. All of these election results will come with new green...

Fossil fuel subsidies: an explainer

Why are they there and what can be done about them? 2023 was the hottest year on record primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels. The planet was 1.48C warmer than pre-industrial levels, just 0.02C away from breaching the 1.5C target agreed in the 2015 Paris...

Trade unions and the environment: friends or foes?

Conflicting voices within the trade union movement suggests a complex relationship between organised labour and forward-looking climate policy Trade unions have always played an integral role in the industrialisation of the global economic order. The first meeting of...

What to expect from COP28

What to expect from COP28

Here we are, another UN climate change conference. So, what should you be expecting? The 28th iteration of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC's) Conference of the Parties (COP28) this year sees world leaders descend on the United Arab...

Placing children at the heart of climate policy

Placing children at the heart of climate policy

In the context of climate change, we're fighting for future generations. The fight against climate change is a convergence of  social, environmental and economic struggles. The fight for children and future generations must take centre stage. "Nothing is more...

Highlights from the Green Party conference

Highlights from the Green Party conference

It is clear that the race for PM will be a hard fought battle between red and blue, but what about green? Last week the Green Party set out its intentions for the 2024 general election at their conference in Brighton, and here is what we learnt. Glitter bombs,...

Takeaways from the Conservative Party Conference

The Prime Minister made his annual Party Conference speech this week — what does it mean for the climate? On Wednesday, Rishi Sunak made his keynote speech at the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester. Culture wars, benefits, immigration and A-levels were...

Solutions Highlights

Reforestation insufficient to offset wood harvest carbon

Reforestation insufficient to offset wood harvest carbon

New research reveals significant flaws in how carbon credits from reforestation are calculated, raising concerns about their effectiveness in tackling climate change. Forests have a critical role to play in capturing and storing carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere –...

How green spaces help combat urban heatwaves

How green spaces help combat urban heatwaves

Botanical gardens are not just beautiful – they can cool the city air by 5°C during heatwaves, according to the most comprehensive review of its kind led by the University of Surrey As cities face increasingly scorching temperatures due to climate change, a study led...

How we can future proof the UK housing stock

How we can future proof the UK housing stock

As UK housing stock faces challenges with carbon neutrality, tech entrepreneurs champion accessible retrofits.  Retrofitting, or upgrading old homes with new technology to make them more sustainable, is a critical strategy for making UK housing stock more sustainable,...

Sacred forests: Where conservation meets the spiritual

Sacred forests: Where conservation meets the spiritual

Sacred forests, protected by traditional beliefs for centuries, may hold the key to effective conservation management. As rich reservoirs of ancient biodiversity, sacred forests are a fascinating cultural practice that marries the spiritual with the natural world....

Social connections crucial for low-carbon heating adoption

Social connections crucial for low-carbon heating adoption

Social ties sparking a green revolution: Knowing one person using low-carbon heating solutions increases likelihood of adopting it yourself. The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has unveiled the results of its comprehensive domestic heat survey, "Mapping the...

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