About to embark on one more festive shopping spree? Perhaps you should think twice before buying yet another Christmas jumper for loved ones this holiday season… In this blog, Dr Patsy Perry – Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing, invites you to spare a thought for the environmental consequences of fashion as she examines the damaging […]
The UK must improve water management in the face of droughts
As the threat of drought rises in the UK, Claire Hoolohan Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, considers how we might change the way society uses water. The UK is braced for drought, and though weather is part of drought, so is the amount of water used by people going about […]
The Plastic Microbeads of Dorian Gray?
Millions of us world-wide have been unwittingly using plastic microbeads in products such as toothpastes, body scrubs and face washes – but do we know where they end up or what impact they have on the environment? In the light of the UK Government’s proposed ban and consultation and the recently reported first evidence of […]
Brexit may not lessen our commitment to pollution targets
Climate change is among the challenges that lie ahead for Brexit Britain but should we automatically assume it means the momentum to reduce air pollution will be lost? James Allan doesn’t think so. One of the big questions for the environmental science community arising from Brexit is what will happen to UK environmental policy if […]
Brexit – will the EU be greener without its ‘Dirty Man of Europe’?
The UK has a reputation for blocking or watering down many EU environmental regulations but after Brexit will future EU environmental laws become greener? David Polya outlines some of the possible consequences for environmental policy in the UK following the leave vote. EU membership – the pros There’s no doubt that full membership of the […]
Unsustainable practices: Why electric cars are a failure of ambition
A focus on ‘techno-fix’ solutions to climate change like electric cars simply perpetuate current unsustainable practices and represent a failure of ambition, argue Nicola Spurling and Dan Welch. In January David Cameron announced that his cabinet might trade in their limousines for electric cars. It was the latest in a stream of initiatives to promote the […]