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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 challenge: keeping the taps running and water bills affordable

This post is written by Alex Townsend, economic advisor, Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change. It first appeared on the CCC blog. Green Alliance launched a report on Wednesday 12 February to promote greater water efficiency as a way to reduce water bills, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Easter Island about why we need a circular economy

This post is by Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP. It first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. We hear a lot about how we are running out of resources but, for many people, it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: … Continue reading

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Does tackling climate change matter more than protecting nature?

This post by Miles King first appeared on the Guardian website. Human-induced climate change is with us, and is one the nine reasons why scientists are now concerned that the rate of environmental degradation is a threat to the future of … Continue reading

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Why London should be a National Park

This post is by guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and the driving force behind a campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. London is a remarkable city. In addition to the capital’s 8.3 million … Continue reading

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Think we have cleaner seas? Why the UK still has a pollution problem

This post is by Andy Cummins, campaigns director at Surfers Against Sewage. Britain is and always will be heavily influenced by its coast.  The furthest we can get from it on our beautiful island is a little over 70 miles.  And … Continue reading

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How to make high rise homes fit for the future

This post is by James Traynor, director of architecture at ECD Architects. Is it right that people live in homes they can’t afford to heat without taking out a loan, and which cause them health problems from excessive humidity and … Continue reading

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If concern about climate is a religion, Margaret Thatcher was its founder

This post is by Peter Franklin, editor of the DeepEnd on ConservativeHome and a contributor to The Times. It first appeared on Conservative Home. Saturday, 8 November marked the 25th anniversary of one of Margaret Thatcher’s most consequential speeches. It was delivered to the United … Continue reading

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How new cycling policy could transform London

This post is by Rosie Downes, campaigns manager at the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). In 2013, the mayor of London Boris Johnson published his Vision for Cycling, a document which we described as “one of the most ambitious plans to promote … Continue reading

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Five ways to stop the world’s wildlife vanishing

This post is by Paul Jepson, course director, MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at University of Oxford. It was first published by The Conversation. Full marks to colleagues at WWF and the Zoological Society of London for the Living Planet Report 2014 … Continue reading

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Reform the Treasury to tackle major environmental challenges

This post is by Duncan Hames MP. It was first published by The Guardian.  Tackling climate change and restoring the public finances both require a long term view, but politics continues to be driven by short term considerations. A lack … Continue reading

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