A recent report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that emissions from road traffic in the UK have increased by 6% over the last three decades. As of 2017, emissions due to road traffic were around 118 million tonnes but have increased again in 2018. This data comes at a time when … Continue reading Technology Won’t Save Us from the Climate Emergency
Burning the Lungs of the Planet
Nearly three weeks after fires began burning through the Amazon rainforest, the media has finally seen the smoke and begun reporting and sharing the horrors of the burning Amazon. Celebrities and leading politicians have come out and condemned the burning, the lack of action to put the fires out and discouraged farmers and cattle ranchers … Continue reading Burning the Lungs of the Planet
The Australian Economy vs the Survival of Nations
The Pacific Islands Forum took place last week in Tuvalu with 18 countries coming together to discuss tackling the climate emergency. After hours of discussion and work on a joint statement that would reiterate commitments to the Paris Agreement and move away from fossil fuels, a limp, vaguely worded communique was released and it was clear … Continue reading The Australian Economy vs the Survival of Nations
A Cabinet Devoid of Climate Leadership
Last Wednesday, a new face took residence of Number 10 Downing Street. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was elected leader of the Conservative Party and the new UK Prime Minister after Theresa May stood down two months ago. 150,000 Conservative Party members chose Johnson over Jeremy Hunt who was defeated with less than a third … Continue reading A Cabinet Devoid of Climate Leadership
Why Our Cities Are Becoming Insufferable
On Tuesday morning, my girlfriend messaged me at 8am telling me how thick the London city air and how hot it already was. As she was messaging me that, I was sat outside in the countryside enjoying breakfast in the sunny weather with a cool breeze keeping everything comfortable. We're only about 50 miles away, … Continue reading Why Our Cities Are Becoming Insufferable
Sorry Ineos, But The Plastic Crisis Goes Way Beyond Waste Plastic
Just a few weeks ago, the BBC One programme, War On Plastic, introduced many to how plastics are created and where one-third of the 1.8 million tonnes of UK plastic is produced. During the programme, rather than take any responsibility for the plastic crises we currently face, they shifted the blame to others, citing the inability … Continue reading Sorry Ineos, But The Plastic Crisis Goes Way Beyond Waste Plastic
Why Smart Motorways Won’t Work
For those of us living around or travelling near Southampton, we're currently dealing with closures, roadworks, and traffic jams as the M27 and M271 are upgraded to become 'smart motorways'. Works started at the beginning of 2019 on the M27 between junctions 4 and 11, and are expected to continue until early 2021 - well … Continue reading Why Smart Motorways Won’t Work
Why Won’t Politicians Debate Climate Change?
It's one of the biggest threats to our future existence. Millions, if not billions, of people around the world will be affected by impacts of the climate emergency like drought, rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather events. Despite that, and the cost of the climate emergency to countries, action on tackling it still seems … Continue reading Why Won’t Politicians Debate Climate Change?
Amazon Rainforest Destruction
The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world. 10% of the world's animal species are found in the South American rainforest and it is home to hundreds of Indigenous tribes, some of which have never been contacted. The rainforest spans 9 countries including Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. However, the … Continue reading Amazon Rainforest Destruction
Why are we still Struggling with Air Pollution?
Have you ever looked at pictures of a city skyline and noticed a haze blurring or shrouding the view? Unless it's a naturally foggy day there's a very good chance that that's air pollution. When we're in cities it isn't always something we can see but, in just about every city around the world, it's … Continue reading Why are we still Struggling with Air Pollution?