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Keeping the Spotlight on Palm Oil

It feels, in these COVID times, as if literally everything is shifting from what once seemed like a ‘steady state’ to disintegrating chaos. With so much up in the air, is there anything that looks and feels exactly the same? I’m recently back from another trip to Malaysia and Singapore, with both…

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Citizens Assemble – Government Stumbles!

Frankly, it’s been humiliating watching our Prime Minister make such a pig’s ear of hosting this year’s Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in November. This is by far and away the most important Conference since Paris in 2015; the challenge of securing a good outcome from it (let alone the kind…

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Friends of the Earth’s Disgraceful Manifesto Analysis

As a former Director of Friends of the Earth, I can say with certain knowledge that FoE is an organisation that makes its fair share of mistakes – as much under my watch as under any of my successors. But I cannot recall anything as grotesquely absurd as its decision on Friday to score the Labour…

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Universities Stepping Up – But Not Enough and Not Fast Enough!

Unsurprisingly, the whole climate emergency debate is now working its way through Higher Education circles, here in the UK and internationally. In July, a new initiative was launched involving 25 different networks involved in Higher Education, with a view to getting as many people as possible to…

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Saying No to BP and Shell Today: Hard Choices Have to be Made

I was asked recently about the point at which I decided I could no longer continue to do any work with BP. This is what I said: ’I worked closely with senior leaders in BP for more than a decade, intent on helping them radically change course. That work came to an end when I came to the…

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Solar-enhanced Biodiversity!

So who’d have thought it: solar power is good for biodiversity! Or, to be a little bit more accurate, ‘well-designed and well-managed’ solar parks are good for biodiversity. I know that as a result of reading the latest report from the Solar Trade Association – ‘The Natural Capital Value of……

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