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Jeremy Williams
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Sustainability blog written by Jeremy Williams
Sustainability blog written by Jeremy Williams

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One of the policy ideas that I keep an eye on is the citizen’s income, or basic income – a universal safety net paid to all adults in lieu of a complex welfare system, rewarding unpaid work and giving everyone a stake in the economy. I’ve explained what…

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The citizen gardeners re-greening #Paris #guerrillagardening

This summer the authorities in Paris hatched an imaginative new scheme. The city doesn’t have the ‘lungs’ that some other cities have, such as Central Park in New York or the royal parks in London, and its problems with traffic and air pollution are well…

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Over the past couple of years it’s been encouraging to see the economics of energy generation turn in favour of renewable energy. The long expected grid parity has been reached in many places, and it’s genuinely cheaper to build renewable capacity rather…

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Before the flood - have you seen it yet?

Nine years ago I saw a documentary called The 11th Hour, co-written and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. It put him on the map as an actor with a real commitment to the environment, and he has continued to use his influence to raise awareness of climate…

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Book review: The Wealth of Humans, by @ryanavent

The world is on the cusp of a digital revolution, argues Ryan Avent, and it will be just as transformative as the industrial revolution. It will overturn long held traditions about work, income, and politics. Depending on how we respond, we could end up…

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The Living Planet Report is produced every two years by WWF and the Global Footprint Network, and the 2016 edition was released yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I will, as it’s one of the most useful summaries of our global…

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As regular readers may have noticed, I pick up little series from time to time. They’re often things that are getting overlooked, such as renewable heat, or the ecological impact of meat. Or they aim to take a discussion from sustainability circles and…

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In 2009 the Labour government gave a green light to a third runway at Heathrow, and unleashed one of the fiercest environmental battles of recent times. The Conservative opposition was against it, the Lib Dems opposed it, local Labour MPs and councils…

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Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher who lived a life of radical simplicity some 2,300 years ago. While other philosophers spent their time in discussion, Diogenes turned his life into a kind of subversive performance art. He would walk backwards,…

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Bovine methane emissions, aka cow farts, are one of the main reasons why beef is so bad for the environment. Here’s an innovative solution: grass that’s been engineered to be more digestible. Speaking of wind, what if wind turbines drew on the design of…
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