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About Green Alliance blog

Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on ambitious leadership and increased political support for environmental solutions in the UK. This blog provides space for commentary and analysis around environmental politics and policy issues as they affect the UK. The views of external contributors do not necessarily represent those of Green Alliance.

The case for urbanism: reminding Labour what it stood for

This post is by Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). It is a version of a post featured on CPRE’s blog. Good ideas can lose political currency for no good reason.  For example, the … Continue reading

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The great resource price shock

Today, Green Alliance has published new analysis on the ‘great resource price shock’. We show that food and energy prices have risen faster than other prices in the past ten years and how, if the cost of these resources had … Continue reading

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Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

This post is by Matthew Lockwood, a senior research fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU … Continue reading

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Why is the coalition keeping the coal fires burning?

This post is by Stephen Tindale, climate and energy consultant and associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform. It was first published on Climate Answers. In the 20th century, the British political party which supported the coal industry was … Continue reading

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Why a non-binding renewable energy target could mean more power to the EU

This post is by Clive Bates, director of Counterfactual Consulting and Advocacy. On 27 January, the European Commission published its 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies.  There were two attention grabbers: a target to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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Community energy comes of age

This post is by Rebecca Willis, independent adviser on environment and sustainability and Green Alliance associate, working with us on our Climate Leadership Programme. Poll after poll shows that community energy projects, whether co-operatively owned renewables or local energy action … Continue reading

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Let’s follow Germany with a renewable gas strategy instead of fracking

This post is by Dr Bruce Tofield, associate consultant at the Adapt Low Carbon Group, University of East Anglia. In launching Next steps for shale production, energy minister Michael Fallon said that fracking “is an exciting prospect, which could bring … Continue reading

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The ‘penny-drop moment’: building political leadership for radical emission reduction

This post is by Rebecca Willis, independent adviser on environment and sustainability and Green Alliance associate, working with us on our Climate Leadership Programme. This is a shortened version of her recent presentation to the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reduction conference.  Crossword fanatics … Continue reading

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Don’t call it rewilding: ‘renaturing’ is how to help wildlife survive

This post is by Miles King, senior ecologist at Footprint Ecology, and a regular blogger about nature and the environment. If we could create a modern equivalent of the primeval landscapes that covered Britain before modern humans started to mould … Continue reading

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On the second day of Christmas: no turtle doves? Why we should get serious about wildlife decline

This post is by Dr Mark Avery who writes daily at Standing up for Nature and was formerly conservation director at the RSPB. There are 500 days until the 2015 general election and so time is running out for the … Continue reading

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