All posts by Inga Sileryte

Renaissance Of Fossil Fuels

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Germany has recently announced draft legislation opening doors to shale gas exploration and joined a group of countries that share a renewed interest in the new age of fossil fuel generation. This is a strong warning to those relying on the ‘peak oil’ narrative to induce action needed to tackle climate change. The claim that we […]

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SimPachamama – Practice Saving The Mother Earth

An exciting educational tool to promote environmental awareness has been developed by academics and conservationists around the world. The simulation tool, called SimPachamama (‘Mother Earth simulation’ in local language), is based on extensive scientific research of a real-life Amazonian community and simulates the actions and behaviour of villagers near the agricultural frontier in Bolivia. A […]

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EU’s New Budget: Delayed Infrastructure For Green Energy?

Over a week ago EU leaders agreed on historical cuts on the Union’s 2014-2020 budget, which is now waiting to be approved by the parliament, delaying infrastructure for green energy.  The climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard praised the new budget for securing 20% of the budget’s €960 billion for climate measures. However, the reduced budget may […]

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How To ‘Green’ Trade?

To date there has been little agreement on how the expansion of multilateral trade and investment has impacted the environment. Many argue that economic growth offers unique opportunities in terms of new green markets, investment opportunities and diffusion of environmental innovations. Meanwhile, environmentalists believe the environmental costs to be greater than the revenues from production. […]

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Emission Trading: Is A Market-Fix To Environmental Problems Failing?

Many innovative policy tools have been created over the last two decades to tackle environmental challenges of the contemporary world. The ‘carbon market‘ has become one of the significant features of this new policy landscape. Yet the year started with gloomy news for carbon market enthusiasts. In early January, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported the […]

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Enjoy A Low Carbon Lunch Break!

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Ever wondered what is the carbon footprint of your lunch? Use your lunchtime to begin making environmentally conscious decisions by paying attention to the food choices you make. Here are some tips for a low carbon lunch. Minimise waste One can hardly ignore the amount of waste we create over a quick 15 minute lunch […]

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The Environment, Energy And Climate Change

As 2013 commences, I would like to discuss a three key issues within the field worth paying attention to in the upcoming year. The first is concerned with the changing global energy mix and the implications for the environment and climate change targets. Secondly, I explore the role of technological innovation around CCS and other new and […]

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Doha Climate Change Conference: Moving Towards Stagnation?

The United Nations Doha climate change conference concluded on 8 December, yet the conclusions seem to indicate little if any progress in international climate change negotiations. The key objective of the conference was to address the post-2012 period of international negotiations, when the emission targets for the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period end. Some see the […]

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Who Is To Blame For Your Increasing Energy Bills?

Energy prices have been increasing steadily across Europe over the past 10 years. Green policies are often blamed for the expensive power; however, on closer inspection it is evident that a number of other factors have contributed to the increase as well. Rising energy prices Earlier this year grid operators announced a significant increase in […]

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Green Team Ideas And Getting Colleagues Engaged

You have brilliant green team ideas that you would like to implement at your workplace but get discouraged by indifferent colleagues? Getting people engaged and thinking about sustainability at the workplace can be challenging. One of the earlier blogs considered key principles for getting employee engagement right! Here I will look at some practical tips […]

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