Blogs

30. 06. 2008
There is a lot (mostly justifiable) cynicism out there regarding the use of targets to drive environmental improvements. In May, the think-tank Policy Exchange brought out an analysis of all the different targets set by the Government on environmental issues since 1997, and gave...
Energy
20. 06. 2008
“Gratuitously stirring a pot that absolutely didn’t need to be stirred just to make a phoney effect” – I guess that was one of the more polite comments I received from colleagues about my piece (posted 1st May) regarding Greenpeace’s direct action against Unilever as part of its...
Climate change
11. 06. 2008
I long ago swore that I would avoid all big UN Conferences on environment or climate change issues, and have pretty much stuck to that sanity-protecting rule. Indeed, John Prescott got very grumpy with me when I declined the opportunity to be part of the UK delegation at the...
09. 06. 2008
I was able to give the ‘population pot’ a pretty good stir on Friday in an event for the Cheltenham Science Festival. For some time now, I have been reflecting on the way in which the world is responding to the twin crises of HIV/AIDS and continuing high levels of population...
Population
30. 05. 2008
This all feels very much like one of those periodic crunch moments for the sustainability agenda. Fuel-tax protests. Rebellious backbenchers. The kind of febrile atmosphere we last saw in 2000. The Tory press on the war path. NGOs winding themselves up: “Stay green, Gordon...
Consumption, Transport