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Posted over 5 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

The staggering water footprint of food September last year saw international bigwigs meet in Stockholm for World Water Week , the theme of which was water and food security. Of the many statistics discussed, one in particular really stands out: 70% of...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

The unregulated industry of microplastics Despite being an island, most of us in the UK live far enough away from the sea for it to be a treat to spend time by it. But none of us are far from the streams and rivers that criss-cross our country, spiriting...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Using Twitter to flex some consumer muscle I started the ‘#AsktheQ’ campaign because on an East Coast train journey to Edinburgh on 10th May, I realised that if I didn’t ask a staff member if their plastic bottles got recycled, I wouldn’t...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

The '#AsktheQ' campaign pushes for greater transparency on sustainability THE Scottish Government’s ' Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources ' consultation, launched on 27th June, proposes ambitious targets to cut Scotland’s waste from households...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

This multi-billion pound industry can be a force for good Pensions have real clout. According to the Pensions Institute at Cass Business School in London, UK pension funds have assets of more than £800 billion, owning a third of all shares in the...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

WWF Scotland's Natural Change Project ouise Macdonald has always been very active in her community and in politics, but until recently the green agenda had passed her by. “It just didn’t stick”, she says. The chief executive of youth...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

A multidisciplinary approach to environmental education in Dubai There are a number of organisations across the UK that work in schools to teach pupils about safeguarding the environment. Of course, understanding the importance of environmental protection...

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Underinvestment in plant research poses threat to food security Greater investment in horticultural and agricultural research is needed in the UK to improve food security in the face of changing environmental conditions. The UK Government professes a...

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The challenges of carbon-offsetting in Ecuador Rainforest protection is one of our biggest challenges in the struggle to reduce CO2 levels in our atmosphere. The United Nations launched its global carbon-offsetting initiative as recently as 2008 and it...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Recycled cartons provide shelter and transport for flood victims In a country where criticism of the monarch is illegal and carries hefty prison sentences, do the Thai authorities offer the same unequivocal protection to the environment? The short answer...

Posted over 6 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Councils must stress environmental significance of reducing and recycling food waste Understanding how to get more people to recycle is big business judging by the number of job opportunities in this area that are currently out there. Earlier this month...

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Harnessing the wind with re-used car parts It has eluded governments and organisations alike for decades, but one company working in Kenya is determined to bring affordable, clean power to the very poor. The vast majority of the country’s population...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

1/7 of humanity is hungry yet 1/3 of all food is wasted October 31st this year was declared Seven Billion Day by the United Nations, to mark symbolically the birth of the seven billionth person on the planet. Yet with one billion people in the world going...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

An inspired campaign at Selfridges Last Thursday evening I went to a talk at Selfridges, as part of their Project Ocean campaign, and hoped for something more than just an explanation of why ocean marine life is disappearing. I was not disappointed. The...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Looking radiant can be good for the environment, explains Founder of Bare Skin Beauty Figuring out how to reduce your business’s eco-footprint has been a steep learning curve for Juliette Scarfe, whom I met through my local farm shop the other week...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Founder of ReUse Connection shares his vision I consider myself a bit of a hoarder and quite good at reusing (certain) things. I have inherited cutlery, a DVD player, a 47-inch TV, school exercise books, clothes, books, DVDs/CDs, towels, a car, bookshelves...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

My friend the ecological consultant A friend of mine, Dan Hone, who went to horticultural college with my brother, has been an ecological consultant for seven years now. He plays a vital role in the construction industry, undertaking nature surveys that...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Is littering a reflection of a far-from-green mindset? Not long ago I passed a (single) mattress dumped along one our country lanes. So I looked up what organizations were doing on littering. My first thought was the Campaign to Protect Rural England...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Animal welfare, environmental degradation and human health I have just started reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals (2009) and am loving his writing style. I’m also finding the reported conditions in factory farms (and the alleged...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Invasive species and how they get about I wonder if the ducks objected (much) to having their feet dangled in ponds to see if snails would latch on for a ride? This is what I learned about when I finally re-visited Down House , home of Charles Darwin...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Sun-powered technology as a catalyst for broader change Kentish artist, and friend, Will Jordan, who’s been sculpting now for some years, has just finished his latest creation. Standing at 15 feet, the baobab solar-powered tree harnesses the sun’s...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

Measuring the environmental impact of bags is mind-boggling I have recently started a part-time job in London and with commuting come the bags - my friend calls me ‘bag lady’. There are always things to carry - lunch, spare shoes, a (wet)...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

What fish should we be eating? Traceability, certification and sustainability So I mentioned in my first blog that I have my fish guide. In fact, this ‘going green’ journey of mine began the minute I started watching a documentary called The...

Posted over 7 years ago by Anya Hart Dyke with 0 comments

I've joined WWF, got a fish guide and signed innumerable petitions. Have I got it covered? Where to start? Maybe a quick overview of why I’ve recently become interested in my carbon footprint. In a nutshell I have undertaken a career re-think to...