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A Tale of Two Cities: urban development strategies in Detroit, Michigan & Naples, Italy

Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Italy are two very different cities with diverse challenges in urban regeneration. Yet remarkable parallels can be drawn between their development strategies – and what’s more, they seem to be working. At first glance, the cities of Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Italy could not seem more different. The former, a chilly … Read more

Moving Mountains: hunger and waste in an age of austerity

One grim irony – and there are many – of the international debt crisis, aside from the obvious problems of limitless growth within finite resources, is that despite global attempts at austerity, waste continues to occur at unimaginable levels. Italy, for example, whose debt mountain is the second largest in Europe, wastes over 30 per … Read more

The Meaning of Clean

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 21 April 2011 - (3 Comments)
The Meaning of Clean

I’ve just read that in a drive to boost sales, a bottled water company called Real Water have labelled tap water ‘damaged’ and are claiming that it is harmful to health.  It’s either overwhelmingly stupid or –having made the Guardian and probably a number of other blogs – a brilliant PR trick.  Whether it’s garbage … Read more

The Big Picture

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 15 April 2011 - (0 Comments)
The Big Picture

The divisive and emotive nature of the current nuclear debate has caused fissions throughout society, from political infighting to awkward moments between friends over dinner.  Despite this, some German citizens have expressed satisfaction (if not pride) in their leaders’ definitive response: a U-turn on nuclear and a move towards renewable energy. A €5 billion scheme … Read more

A Little Less Conversation

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 7 April 2011 - (0 Comments)
A Little Less Conversation

It seems that these days there is always something going on. Of course, there always has been, it’s just that now information exchange happens so efficiently we all know about it instantly. Even given this daily data deluge, we are currently seeing a global glut of particularly significant events. From Japan to Libya, the Ivory … Read more

Disagreeing with David

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 25 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
Disagreeing with David

As a passionate naturalist, Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. He’s probably one of the main reasons I’m an environmentalist at all. Is his address to the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)  Attenborough alludes to population growth as the … Read more

That Sinking Feeling

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 24 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
That Sinking Feeling

When a rogue website reported that a small Pacific state had legalised cocaine the country’s denial was resolute, but the truth reveals a more disturbing story. Yesterday I momentarily fell for what now seems like a ridiculously implausible hoax. A website called CBS published a story about how the Marshall Islands had legalised all substances … Read more

Off the Hook

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 7 March 2011 - (2 Comments)
Off the Hook

More and more people are beginning to come round to the idea that we need to undergo an oil detox.  Whether for economic or environmental reasons, it seems to be the only sensible path towards a sustainable future.  But what does it actually mean and how might it look? A few weeks ago I wrote … Read more

Towards Oil Independence

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 28 February 2011 - (0 Comments)
Towards Oil Independence

Black is the new brown Oil permeates every conceivable part of our lives. It has shaped our values, informed our decisions and improved our lifestyles beyond the point of no return. Even in the face of increasing destruction and the promise of ruin, the force of black gold has become too powerful and valuable to … Read more