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Charlotte Beardwell

Earth Day 2021: Is the UK Likely to Meet the new Carbon Emission Targets?

Governments across the world have made ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions and ensure that global warming doesn’t reach the dangerous 1.5C or 2C increase above pre-industrial levels. From China’s pledge to be net zero by 2060 to the recent US and China climate change commitment,  the environment has been prevalent on policy agendas globally – and the UK is no exception.  …

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China to be net zero by 2060: impressive or falling short of global needs?

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Last month at the United Nations General Assembly, China’s president Xi Jinping announced their new commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060. Not only does this mean that more than one sixth of the world’s population has now pledged to achieve carbon neutrality within 40 years, but this accounts for a staggering third of the world’s CO2 output. …

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Recycling: Are you actually helping the environment?

Recycling is typically recognised to be one of the easiest, most accessible ways in which to make a more sustainable decision in an everyday household. In fact it feels as though we are making a conscious effort to exercise an environmentally-friendly choice when we separate recyclables like cans, glass and cardboard from general waste. But …

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Snapshot: Depleting the environment is a small price to pay for oil-giant BP

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Oil-giant BP has been fined just £7,000 for the 95 tonnes of crude oil leaked into the North Sea on the 2ndOctober 2016. BP had pleaded guilty to contravening rules on the regulation of offshore petroleum activities in Aberdeen Sheriff Court after an investigation undertaken by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy found that an inadequate written …

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COVID-19: A Catalyst for Shifting Attitudes Towards the Environment?

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have witnessed unprecedented months of crisis, fake news and global tragedy. Many of us have never lived through – and may never live through again – a pandemic which completely upheaves our daily lives. Emerging from this upheaval is a shifting change in attitude towards holidays abroad, purchasing fast-fashion …

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The Disproportionate Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Black People

Recently, the news and social media have reignited with fury in response to the ongoing prevalence of racism, police brutality and the murders of innocent black people wherein justice is not being served. I’ve found the news heart-breaking, as I’m sure many of you have too. It’s triggered self-reflection, conversations with my family and friends …

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Water: the Tide is Turning with the Climate Crisis

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It is easy to think we have an accessible and unlimited abundance of water when you live in a country where supermarkets stock endless bottles of it, your taps run water freely both day and night, and water scarcity is rarely mentioned in the mainstream news. However, the Earth’s available water supply is depleting, and …

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Veganuary: Paving the way for a more Sustainable Future?

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What is Veganuary?As we begin a new year many people around the world partake in the tradition of making new year’s resolutions; things they wish to change, challenges they want to undertake and personal goals to strive to achieve. For several years now there have been many January ‘trends’, with the most popular being termed …

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GE 2019: Our Last Chance to Stop Climate Change?

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The upcoming General Election on the 12th December is a time of anticipation for many, with significant discussion in the media regarding newly updated manifestos and publicised debates between parties. Some of the most serious and topical issues are frequently flagged up; including our National Health Service, our immigration policy, and now, the Environment. The …

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