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The Harmony Debates: Exploring a Practical Philosophy for a Sustainable Future
Edited by Nicholas Campion
This anthology gathers together an interdisciplinary array of experts, academics and practitioners to explore what 'harmony' means and how we can use it.
One traditional view is that everything in the universe operates in a state of balance, while another assumes the interconnectedness of all things – an idea central to ecological thought. Such thoughts also lead to action and policy decisions: for example, how do we conduct business, educate children, protect the environment, resolve conflict and promote health and wellbeing in a world in which all things are fundamentally connected? This book provides a range of perspectives.
The Disappearance of Butterflies
Josef H Reichholf
Eminent entomologist Josef H Reichholf brings a lifetime of scientific experience and expertise to bear on one of the great environmental catastrophes of our time. He takes us on a journey into the wonderful field of butterflies and moths, and immerses us in a world that we are in danger of losing forever.
Step by step, he explains the science behind this impending ecological disaster and shows how it is linked to pesticides, over-fertilisation and intensive farming practices. This book is a plea for biodiversity and the protection of these remarkable insects.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
In 2020, amid the global crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw numerous cross-sector collaborations involving tech companies, aiming to create smart solutions that would amplify positive environmental and social impacts across sectors and organisations – for example in online healthcare or mRNA vaccine platform technology. This led the public health crisis to be referred to as “the digital accelerant of the decade” by US cloud communications platform Twilio.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.
The UK government's investment plans for green jobs lag far behind those of most G7 countries, potentially undermining its net-zero emissions target, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned.