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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.

How London is shifting the nature debate

This post is by Peter Massini, principal policy officer – green infrastructure, at the Greater London Authority. He writes here in a personal capacity. The natural environment sector shares a general aim: the protection, conservation and improvement of nature. It … Continue reading

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The story of the voles, the ditch and the prime minister

This post is by conservationist and blogger Miles King. A version first appeared on his blog. Those who believe that nature is important and that, for it to be better protected from the activities of people, the best approach is to … Continue reading

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The trouble with targets

This post is by Green Alliance associate Rebecca Willis. It also appears on her website. Yesterday, the prime minister was directly asked the question that we’ve all been waiting for: is the UK’s domestic climate policy compatible with the Climate Change … Continue reading

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Farming vs flood protection: why we need to get the balance right

This post is by conservationist and blogger Miles King. A version first appeared on his blog. So much has been written about the recent flooding that I have resisted the temptation to jump in with size 12 boots; not least … Continue reading

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The plan to tackle UK air pollution won’t be enough to protect health

This post is by Professor Martin Williams of the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London. He was previously chairman of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. At this time of year it’s customary … Continue reading

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The Paris agreement is a clever new system to drive climate action

This post is by Michael Jacobs and Ipek Gençsü. Michael is visiting professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE and senior adviser to the New Climate Economy project. Ipek is research and … Continue reading

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Voluntary approaches to policy making aren’t working

This post is by Paul Morling, principal economist for the RSPB. UK and EU policy makers have increasingly favoured the use of voluntary approaches, like industry self regulation, as a low cost, more flexible alternative to binding regulations or market based … Continue reading

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Our best reads of 2015

When you’ve had enough of the Christmas TV specials and have given up trying to work out infuriating puzzles, we’ve got the very thing for you: a selection, in no particular order, of some of the reads, moments, infographics and campaigns we’ve enjoyed … Continue reading

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How investors will drive up demand for renewables

This post is by Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction and Green Alliance trustee. The focus of the investment community, in the run up to the Paris COP21, was on the financial risks of investments in fossil fuel companies. Understandably … Continue reading

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Was Paris a success? ‘Yes’, ‘no’ and ‘it depends’

This post is by Green Alliance associate Rebecca Willis, author of our 2014 report Paris 2015: Getting a global agreement on climate change. It is also published on her website. Six years after the failure of the climate negotiations at Copenhagen, agreement … Continue reading

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