Youth homelessness in London is growing rapidly

By Denise Hatton, Chief Executive at YMCA England Youth homelessness in London is a problem; and unfortunately for our current and future client base, it's a growing one. If you look at that statistics* alone, 871 people aged 18 to 25-years-old slept rough in the capital for at least one night in 2014-15. This should be an alarming statistic to anyone who counts London as their home, but it becomes even more acute when combined with the fact it also...

Sustainable Development: An Insight into a Renewable World

By Lauren Devine Renewable World is an international NGO with a handle on two of the most pressing global crises we face: the eradication of poverty and climate change. Their mission is to improve health, income and education opportunities for some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, using climate-friendly methods and sustainable energy sources. Championed as the non-profit organisation of the UK renewable energy industry by renewable trade associations such as Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables, Renewable World works to...

Thinking Local on a Global Day of Giving

By Lewis Garland “Black Friday” evokes images of feral, foraging bargain hunters and TV screen tug-of-wars. Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday has become something of an antidote to these consumerist excesses. Taking place on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy . The emergence of Giving Tuesday has created a valuable space for the voices of charities, altruistic causes and community projects, rarely heard amid the clunking of shopping trollies....

Boris Johnson attacks Hinkley Nuclear plans

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor London Mayor Boris Johnson has called the plan for Hinkley Point "a disgrace." - just a few weeks after the PM announced a landmark deal with the Chinese to build it. Cameron called it a "flagship project of cooperation" between the two countries. But Boris has broke ranks and said the £18n cost for the first nuclear power in two decades underwritten with £2bn of taxpayers' money was an "extraordinary amount of money to spend"....

Floating wind turbines cheaper than nuclear by 2020

By Steve Taggart The cost of offshore wind power could be reduced dramatically due to floating wind turbines. They could be generating power in UK waters by 2020, much cheaper than the cost of new nuclear. There are a number of designs in development and the race is on to prove that this floating technology can be a power source for states who have access to a coastline. Countries would anchor wind farms near their major cities and numerous places...

The green shoots of Crowdfunding

By Ryan Carter @rwscarter There is a beautiful bottom-up revolution underway in the energy market, but like all revolutions there is hurdles the question is can the state facilitate the green revolution, I think it should. This requires putting into reverse how the state has been seen in market interventions as a monolithic agent ‘crowding-out’ competition. I believe that the state can and should act smart and counter to popular opinion 'crowd-in' the market, breaking the hegemonic cartel of the...

Help the environment and reduce your winter business costs

This week warnings from climate change scientists this informed us that the world is halfway towards the threshold that could result in dangerous climate change, revealing that average global temperatures have recorded a rise of one degree Celsius for the first time. The met office informed us that record warm temperatures measured in the first nine months of this year mean that the world has already reached the halfway point towards the arbitrary “threshold” of a 2C increase on pre-industrial...

From Washington to Sydney: Top 5 Green Offices in the World

By Steve Taggart  Climate change has become one of the major issues facing the world in recent years. To this end, many businesses across the globe are now making a concerted effort to ensure that their main office buildings are as environmentally friendly as possible. To celebrate National Work Life Week this month, online furniture retailer, Clever Clicker have compiled a list of five of the most green offices from around the world. So here we go.. 1. The Bullitt Centre in...

Scotland bans GM crops, and all of Science sighs. What’s the deal?

By Dr Robin George Andrews @SquigglyVolcano & Dr Alfredo Carpineti  @DrCarpineti    The opposition to genetically modified food is irrational, and when governments who should know better ban it without cause, scientists must speak up. Scotland’s rural secretary has just announced that the growing of genetically modified crops will be banned in the fields of England’s feisty northern neighbour. Unfortunately, like many people on gluten-free diets who aren’t coeliacs, many who approve of this move simply do not understand what they’re eschewing even...

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