UK Earth Overshoot Day

Today is the UK's Earth Overshoot Day. Earth Overshoot Day is the day when we consume the total resources available to us sustainably. Resources used sustainably can be replenished each year but as you'll see we are over-exceeding that quite dramatically. Calculating what day is Earth Overshoot Day is done by dividing the Earth's biological … Continue reading UK Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Day 2019: Protect our Species

Yesterday was the 49th Earth Day and its theme was "Protect our Species." We are all contributing to one of the biggest mass extinction events. Climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides are all contributing factors to a huge number of extinctions in recent years. Fortunately, it's something we … Continue reading Earth Day 2019: Protect our Species

We All Need to Declare a Climate Emergency

Today is Brexit Day, or, was supposed to be anyway. I had always planned to write something related to Brexit, trying to work out what is going on and in what direction we're heading. But even those who have been following Brexit a lot closer than myself are lost on what is happening. Parliament can't … Continue reading We All Need to Declare a Climate Emergency

Recognising World Water Day

March 22nd 2019 is World Water Day and this year's theme is 'Leaving no one behind', recognising that water is available and sustainably managed for everyone around the world to use. Ensuring that everyone has access to clean water is Sustainable Development Goal 6, with the United Nations hoping to ensure this by 2030. Here are … Continue reading Recognising World Water Day

There’s Still No Urgency to Tackle Climate Change…

The release of the IPCC special report just a few days ago has highlighted the disaster we find ourselves barreling towards. The IPCC report found that 1.5℃ of warming above pre-industrial levels could have catastrophic consequences for millions around the world, and without urgent action, we could reach that milestone in just 12 years. In … Continue reading There’s Still No Urgency to Tackle Climate Change…

Renewable Energy in Europe is Looking Positive!

The EU has also recently increased its target for the percentage of energy generated by renewables by 2030. Whilst the UK only wanted to raise the target to 30%, a number of countries, including France, argued for the 32%, whilst some feel that the targets could have been increased further (Spain and Italy). Environmental groups … Continue reading Renewable Energy in Europe is Looking Positive!

Avoiding the ‘Green Space Paradox’

What is Urban Green Space? Cities around the world are usually dominated by towering buildings and huge expanses of housing spreading out from its centre caused by a growing global population and the migration of those living in rural into urban areas. Cities seek economic development for growth which can often come at the expense … Continue reading Avoiding the ‘Green Space Paradox’

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

Hosted in Edmonton, Canada, the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference ran from the 5th-7th March and aimed to "inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change." The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference was supported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and looks to increase … Continue reading Cities and Climate Change Science Conference