All posts by John O'Brien

Are Personal Carbon Offsets A Cop-Out?

Since the option of trading carbon offsets on the market became a reality, a bewildering array of private companies have become established that offer private citizens the possibility of off-setting their carbon consumption. These off-sets may be calculated averages over an entire year or focussed on individual carbon-consuming events, such as flights, etc.

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Does Corporate Zoo Sponsorship Make A Real Contribution To Conservation?

The concept of corporate zoo sponsorship has been around for quite some time. Typically, it involves a once-off or annual payment to an individual zoo in return for some form of company exposure (on-site and/or via publications and the zoo website). While the proportion of most zoos’ incomes derived from corporate sponsorship is generally small, the […]

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Culling – Sustainable Wildlife Control Or Political Ploy?

There has been a recent call to cull 50% of the UK’s entire wild deer population, provoking an outcry among animal rights groups and some environmentalists. However, the cull is being supported by farmers and other environmentalists. An even more controversial cull on badgers has already been sanctioned by the UK’s Ministry of Agriculture. Elsewhere, […]

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Corporate Responsibility – Where’s Your Ethics At?

Recently, the Environmental Investigation Agency took Google to task about the selling of ivory products on its wholly-owned Japanese shopping website. The censure related to over 10,000 advertisements for such products. Last year, the International Fund for Animal Welfare reported on a similar and even more extensive problem with various Chinese websites.

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Flying Better – Adopting Environmentally Conscious Air Travel

“Travel broadens the mind” or so the oft-cited saying goes. But, as an environmentally-conscious business person, how can you reconcile travel for work (or indeed pleasure) with the environmental degradation that goes with most mechanised forms of transportation? In terms of environmental impact, aviation is the most maligned form of medium to long-distance transport and […]

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European Horsemeat Crisis Presents An Opportunity For Vegetarianism

The on-going horsemeat crisis in Europe presents an unprecedented opportunity to promote a move towards a more vegetarian lifestyle, for the betterment of the environment. Up to 20% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are derived from livestock or livestock-management activities (including deforestation and transport-related emissions). Over seventy per cent of all agricultural land is devoted […]

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Attenborough Declares That Humans Are A Plague On The Planet

Recently, none other than Sir David Attenborough described humans as “a plague on the Earth” (Radio Times, January 2013). Such hard-hitting terminology from the universally-respected and mild-mannered environmentalist is certainly likely to ruffle feathers but, in a way, isn’t he correct? The word “plague” is typically associated with a sudden destructive influx or a pestilence. […]

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