Category Archives: Water

Sub-category to Environment

Borrowing is the best way to pay for flood protection

This post first appeared on The Staggers, the New Statesman’s politics blog. Economics is not called the dismal science for nothing. As we watch the shocking images of filthy water pouring into homes and distressed residents leaving in rubber dinghies, … Continue reading

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What we should be doing about fracking and pollution

This post is by Gwynne Lyons, director of CHEM Trust. Fracking has brought environmental activism out onto the streets of the home counties, with a protest movement unprecedented since the days of Swampy. The concerns of residents living near proposed … Continue reading

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World water day: 5 top facts

To mark world water day, here are 5 water-related facts, courtesy of Waterwise. 1. In the UK we flush 2 billion litres of water down the toilet every day. 2. In Abu Dhabi, average per capita household water consumption is … Continue reading

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Don’t be fooled by the rain – the UK needs water metering

This is a guest post by Nicci Russell, Policy Director at Waterwise After the wettest ever June, the average total rainfall for July had already fallen by the middle of last month. And the drought earlier this year was dubbed the wettest … Continue reading

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Why valuing nature should not be part of a green economy

This is a guest post by Hannah Griffiths, head of policy and campaigns at the World Development Movement. She argues that measures to value nature and ecosystem services will only serve to undermine progress.   The battle for the meaning … Continue reading

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Green is normal

This is a guest post by Paul Kelly, Director of External Affairs, ASDA on the results of a sustainability survey ASDA have conducted over the last ten months with their customers.  For a simple idea, sustainability can often be made to … Continue reading

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Safeguarding the resources that underpin daily life

Over in Green Alliance’s Designing Out Waste theme, we’ve recently launched a new report on the growing challenge of resource security. It focuses on certain raw materials – phosphorus, metals and water – that are inextricably linked to economic growth. … Continue reading

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What happened when Asda challenged its employees to go green?

This is a guest post by Sarah Belmont, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Asda. Inspired by Asda’s involvement in the Green Living Consortium, and in particular by the ethnographic research in Bringing it Home, this spring Asda devised a Sustainability Challenge, … Continue reading

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Nudge debate – turning fine words into action

At the end of March Green Alliance held its annual debate on a question we’ve talked about a lot on this blog: does government need to do more than nudge us towards sustainable living? The answer from panellists was a … Continue reading

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Bringing it home film – web edit

Featuring six ordinary households from around the country, this film argues that understanding human behaviour is crucial to improving policies on green living. This is the newly edited web version (5mins). (See here for more on our Bringing it home project.)

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