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The Real Power in Politics

Donnachadh McCarthy

7th March 2014

Environmental campaigner and former politician Donnachadh McCarthy on the power of political lobbyists and the damage they do to democracy. more...

The IPCC has spoken. Now what?

Oliver Tickell

2nd October 2013

If we are to move beyond the political impasse generated by the IPCC report and prevent catastrophic climate change we must look to market mechanisms, specifically price competitive renewables, writes Oliver Tickell...... more...
Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia: the anti-fashion fashion brand

Matilda Lee

4th October, 2011

It's the 'Gucci of outdoor wear' but for founder, Yvon Chouinard, there's far more to Patagonia than fashion. He spoke to Matilda Lee more...
Quebec

Quebec to beat California in setting up first carbon market in North America

Henry Gass

20th July, 2011

Quebec is set to bring in North America’s first cap-and-trade system from January 2012. But debate still rages about its usefulness more...

The Secret Life of Stuff

Ruth Styles

20th January, 2011

Clear and well written, Julie Hill's opus sheds light on the issues of waste and consumption but provides solutions that are too simplistic to be of real use, argues Ruth Styles
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The mx-libris taxi concept

When will we see a green taxi industry?

Aimee Steen

23rd August, 2010

Buses don't go everywhere, and on some routes they might not even be an efficient option. But many taxis are heavy and polluting compared to ordinary cars - when will this change? more...
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UK budget avoids decision on new aviation tax

Ecologist

22nd June, 2010

Chancellor George Osborne promises only to 'explore' proposals for bringing in a per-plane tax on the aviation industry more...

Paul Collier: saying 'nature has to be preserved' condemns the poor to poverty

Matilda Lee

14th May, 2010

Oxford Economics Professor and former head of Development Research at the World Bank, Paul Collier on reconciling romantic environmentalism and mainstream economics to help poor countries more...
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Snapshot: what the budget does for the green economy

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

In the last budget before the general election, Alistair Darling announced a series of measures that could have a positive environmental impact, including a £2 billion green investment bank more...
Junk food

'Fat tax' needed to tackle obesity

Ecologist

4th March 2010

A tax on unhealthy foods would be more effective at tackling obesity than making healthy foods cheaper but could hit the poorest the hardest more...
US flag 'made in China'

Copenhagen failed. So should we tax carbon at the border?

Dan Box

8th February, 2010

The lack of agreement at Copenhagen has left some thinking that the only way to protect national economies is to tax imports from nations who don't pay a carbon price... more...
Green Tax

Green taxes would benefit environment and employment

Ecologist

26th October, 2009

A major shift towards green taxes and 'pay as you burn, not pay as you earn' would benefit the environment and the economy more...

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Gaian Economics

A green tax? James Tobin would be spinning in his grave

Gaian Economics

3rd September, 2009

Lord Adair Turner - head of the FSA and the Climate Change Committe - has ruffled feathers by suggesting a tax on currency trading. Here's why more...
Rush hour on the M6

Public oppose carbon pricing policies

Ecologist

2nd September, 2009

While we accept the threat of climate change the majority of us are still opposed to compulsory changes such as carbon pricing, new survey shows more...
Bolgs and Comments

Market Famines

Yves Engler

13th February, 2009

The millions of people in Niger who died during the recent famines, did so because the IMF pressured its government to tax food and the poor simply couldn't afford to save themselves more...

A radical carbon tax reform

Dr. Adrian Wrigley

2nd August, 2008

Dr Adrian Wrigley lays out his ideas for a radical Carbon Tax and explains how replacing the Council Tax with a Land Value Tax could solve the current housing crisis... more...
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UK public failing to pay for pollution

News

4th December, 2007

The general public is failing to pay the true cost of the pollution it is causing, according green campaigners. more...
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The Ecologist's 'Real Green Budget'

Mark Anslow

23rd March, 2007

Environmentalists had waited with baited breath for the Chancellor's 2007 Budget. Gordon Brown had intimated that it would be the 'greenest ever'. In fact, it was a resounding disappointment. more...
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Budget leaps but fails

News

22nd March, 2007

Gordon Brown’s ‘green budget’ has met with scorn from the motoring lobby and disappointment from environmentalists. more...
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Fairer Distribution of Common Resources: the pros and cons of carbon trading

James Robertson

22nd March, 2007

'A common price for carbon' has become the soundbite of the forward-looking 'green' politician. It pleases everyone, not least business, which can plan ahead by looking at the carbon 'market'. But is it the best way to proceed? more...
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Conservatives vie with Brown over green taxes

News

12th March, 2007

The Conservative party has unveiled new taxes on aviation in a bid to control increasing carbon dioxide emissions from the sector. more...
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Re-writing the pre-budget report

Paul Kingsnorth

7th December, 2006

The Chancellor's pre-budget report on Wednesday 6th December was a green-washed shambles. Paul Kingsnorth gives Gordon a helping hand with the re-write more...
Investigations

Plane Stupid's Joss Garman plays minister

Joss Garman

1st December, 2006

In the first of the Ecologist's new 'If I...' series, the co-founder of aviation campaign group Plane Stupid imagines what he would do if he were in charge of the government's aviation policy. more...

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