Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool

So, what are you? An optimist or a pessimist? No, no need to answer. But it is good to think about this when discussing our approach to the environment. Dominic McAfee and Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide together with Zoe Doubleday of the University of South Australia explain their reasons in an article … Continue reading Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool

New report from European Environment Agency on environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures

Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published recently warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards, despite … Continue reading New report from European Environment Agency on environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures

Reviewing the work of the environmental lawyers Client Earth

Anyone involved in the decision-making process in the EU and many countries will have seen the impact of Client Earth [https://www.clientearth.org/]. But few fully understand the full role of the organisation.  Anke Rasper interviews James Thornton, CEO of Client Earth, in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Client Earth: Changing environmental law, the … Continue reading Reviewing the work of the environmental lawyers Client Earth

Understanding Germany’s Green Party

The Greens have made huge gains in two recent state elections in Germany. But to what extent is the success of this political party connected to the environment?  Irene Banos Ruiz reviews the policies of the Green Party in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.  Given how important the Greens are for the entire … Continue reading Understanding Germany’s Green Party

What should we legitimately be charging for environmental damage?

Designing policies to address environmental damage has proven extremely difficult. Those who pollute should bear the costs but there is little agreement on even setting the criteria for precisely how much extra we should legitimately be charging for our fuel. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a regular contributor to EiD, … Continue reading What should we legitimately be charging for environmental damage?

What makes female directors more “green” than their male counterparts?

There are moves in virtually every country to increase the representation of women on corporate boards.  Now we know there is even greater urgency.  Chelsea Liu, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Business School, at the University of Adelaide discusses in an article on The Conversation website that women are greener. And she explains why. What are your … Continue reading What makes female directors more “green” than their male counterparts?

What does it mean to be environmentally literate when you are a soldier?

We seldom read about linking the military with environmental issues. For your summer reading, this is a good article by Hennie Smit, University Lecturer and President of the International Association for Military Geosciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. It is important for all of us to take the environment seriously.  Well, it appears that … Continue reading What does it mean to be environmentally literate when you are a soldier?

Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste: New report from European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency has been providing a recent focus on reusing products in order to reduce material demand. Product reuse and longer lifespans hold untapped potential to cut waste in Europe Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste, which are important aspects of EU waste policy and essential for achieving a … Continue reading Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste: New report from European Environment Agency

New online platform to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualise the state of the environment

Lynn Wagner explains on the International Institute for Environment and Development SDG Knowledge Hub website about a new platform to help users monitor environmental conditions. It could be useful for you.   Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of … Continue reading New online platform to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualise the state of the environment

New report from European Environment Agency on the challenges for sustainable, low-carbon future

The European Environment Agency has recently published an important report on the low-carbon energy transition.   Achieving a sustainable, low-carbon future will be a huge challenge for European society Shifting to an environmentally sustainable society will bring huge challenges for Europe, involving fundamental changes in how it meets its demand for necessities such as food, … Continue reading New report from European Environment Agency on the challenges for sustainable, low-carbon future