Tagged with environment

What do you think about environmental risks?

What do you think about environmental risks?

This is an important article that discusses the factors that influence environmental risk perceptions. Chelsea Harvey writes in the Washington Post about the paradox about how people perceive risks. She writes that a better understanding could help activists and policymakers become better communicators on environmental issues.   The huge paradox at the heart of how … Continue reading

What is the driver behind our environmental values?

What is the driver behind our environmental values?

Have you thought about why you have a certain attitude towards environmental issues? Chris Mooney writes in the Washington Post about new that it helps us better understand why different people respond differently to the environment. This is a must read for EiD followers.   The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists The … Continue reading

VAT issues arise again in Britain

VAT issues arise again in Britain

In February 2013, EiD had a post by Andrew Warren of the Association for the Conservation of Energy on the European Commission’s demand that VAT rise (again) to the rate of 20%. He and many others had argued for years about the importance of the lower rate of 5% but the Commission argued that the … Continue reading

A greener form of refrigeration?

A greener form of refrigeration?

Terry Slavin writes an interesting article in The Guardian about a new waste product derived from sugar beet could help cut supermarket energy consumption from refrigeration. Could this be a game changer?   The natural refrigerant set to reduce supermarket energy use Could the sugar you have in your morning coffee help prevent global warming? … Continue reading

The moral maze of the environment

The moral maze of the environment

How can it be that the majority of Republicans in the US support action to address climate change yet their representatives in Washington are clearly against such action. There is definitely a disconnect for non-Americans, a recent study in Canada (yes, not in the US) shows that for Republicans there remains a very large gap … Continue reading

The urban environmental paradox

The urban environmental paradox

This blog by Emily Badger in the Washington Post discusses compact metro areas and the environmental benefits that are achieved. It is well worth the read.   The impressive environmental bonus of crowded city living Cities present a kind of environmental paradox. The construction of all our roads, housing and office towers requires a lot … Continue reading

China’s environment is a disaster but the crises of the past year have stirred a greater environmental consciousness

China’s environment is a disaster but the crises of the past year have stirred a greater environmental consciousness

EiD writes frequently and understandably about the situation in China. Given its size and level of environmental concerns, the impact is global. Daniel Gardner, who teaches Chinese history and environment at Smith College and is writing a book on environmental pollution in China, provides an excellent article in the New York Times that gives one … Continue reading