Eamonn Ives: Our government must spend more on preserving global nature - the people will profit

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has written for the Telegraph ahead of London’s hosting of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference 2018.

In his article, Eamonn references Bright Blue and the Conservative Environment Network’s joint report, Saving global nature: greening UK Official Development Assistance, and calls for the Government to use the international aid budget to establish a new ‘Global Nature Conservation Fund’, and spend at least £1 billion a year to help protect, restore, and enhance some of the most iconic parts of the natural world, including mitigating the illegal wildlife trade.

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This week, the eyes of the international conservation community will be on the UK. The Government should continue with the good work it has been doing on the IWT, such as the ivory import ban, and commit to supporting global nature conservation more on a par with our international counterparts.

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Wilf Lytton: Approaching zero hour: Time for the UK to go carbon-neutral

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Our Senior Researcher, Wilf Lytton, has written for BusinessGreen about the case for Britain to act now, with further, ambitious targets for climate action. In his article, Wilf states that previous climate change legislation, such as the Climate Change Act 2008, actually provided an impetus to the economy - creating new jobs, and saving consumers money.

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Ten years on, this law has proven to be hugely successful not only in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but also in generating jobs and clean growth across the country which otherwise could not have occurred. The UK is now, for example, a global leader in wind turbine development, and manufactures and supplies Europe with the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

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Over 130 MPs call on Prime Minister to adopt net zero emission goal

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Our Senior Researcher, Wilf Lytton, has been quoted in an article on BusinessGreen.

Specifically, Wilf was referenced the polling results included in our recent report, Hotting up, which showed the high levels of public support for further climate action from the Government.

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Maurice Golden: Ring the changes on sustainable growth

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An abridged essay written by Maurice Golden MSP from Conservation nation, Bright Blue's recent collection on environmental conservation, has been published by the Scotsman. In his essay, Maurice argues that sustainability should be at the heart of the United Kingdom’s industrial strategy.

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For businesses, the implementation of circular economic models will improve their ability to control supply chains and manage long-term costs, turning inputs into assets. New business models will be encouraged around renting, leasing, servitisation, remanufacturing, and reuse.

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Conservation Nation: Bright Blue calls for conservation to be made cross-departmental priority

The publication of Bright Blue's recent essay collection, Conservation nationhas been covered by BusinessGreen.

In an article on the collection, Eamonn Ives, a co-editor of the collection is quoted saying, "despite it being a cross-departmental issue, the current approach to conservation policy is not seen or treated in this way". He further goes on to remark that, "the UK government needs to promote nature conservation at home and abroad using all the levers of government in a joined-up way". 

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Rebecca Pow: Reconnecting young people with the natural world would bring benefits to mental and physical health

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An abridged essay written by Rebecca Pow MP from Conservation nation, Bright Blue's recent collection on environmental conservation, has been published on ConservativeHome. In her essay, Rebecca makes the case for, amongst other things, wider use of 'green prescribing' in Britain, as a way to improve health and well-being. 

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Reconnecting children with the natural world is, of course, only part of the answer to tackling the mental and physical health problems facing our younger generations. Nevertheless, it could be an integral part of the solution. The power of splashing through a puddle, running through long grass, or watching a blue tit at a bird feeder should not be underestimated.

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Net Zero: Understanding The Trend That Will Shape The Century

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Our Senior Associate Fellow, Ben Caldecott, has been quoted in an article on BusinessGreen about the recent drive for net zero emissions. Ben argued that the UK should take on a leadership role for net zero internationally.

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The UK was a leader in adopting the Climate Change Act 10 years ago and we have made amazing progress cutting emissions, but we do need to look at net zero and how to get there. There is an opportunity for the UK, and a responsibility for the UK as the originator of the industrial revolution, to move early on this. It is important we have countries that show this is possible. That is important for the global transition.

The article also cited Bright Blue's polling, contained in our policy report, Hotting up. It reiterated our finding that 64% of UK adults agree the country should aim to cut its carbon emissions to zero in the next few decades, including 58 per cent of Conservative Party voters.

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Burned up: wood-fueled electricity could be more damaging than coal

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Our report, Hotting up, was referenced in an article by Sasha Stashwick on the Ecologist. In her article, which challenges the true sustainability of biomass burning for electricity generation, she alludes to our recommendation that more stringent carbon accounting rules are vital in order to prevent an expansion in the use of bioenergy that does not genuinely assist with eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Poll shows air quality a ‘major concern’ among voters

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has been quoted in an article by Air Quality News.

Commenting on Bright Blue's recent polling on public attitudes towards air pollution, Eamonn said that the Government "should be helping to establish a larger network of low emission zones across England" to control dangerous levels of air pollution. 

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The red diesel loophole is slowing the transition to cleaner alternatives

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has written for CapX about the tax rebate on red diesel, and the implications it has for the UK's air quality. In his article, Eamonn argues that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Treasury should consider closing the tax loophole. 

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This generous subsidy stifles cleaner technologies from becoming commercially competitive – the adoption of which will likely be necessary if the UK is to adhere to scientifically acknowledged safe air quality standards.

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Voters want Gove to clean up his act on air pollution

Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has written for Red Box in the Times, on Bright Blue's recently released air pollution polling. In his article, he mentions how younger respondents were more likely to agree that a party pledging to cut air pollution would be more likely to get their votes. 

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This anxiety about the impact of air pollution is not without political ramifications. Our polling found that a significant minority of adults (40%) were of the opinion that they would be more likely to vote for a political party which promised to cut air pollution. When looking at voters aged under 40 years old, however, this rises to 54%. In fact, generally, the younger a respondent was, the more likely they were to agree about the political importance of air pollution.

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How air pollution became the biggest talking point of 2018

Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has been quoted in an article in Stylist Magazine, which covered Bright Blue's latest polling on air pollution.

In response to the polling, Eamonn said that the "public clearly believe national government should play a bigger role – in fact the biggest role – in introducing measures to reduce air pollution", before adding that the "government should be helping to establish a larger network of low emission zones across England". 

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Majority of young voters would back political party that curbs air pollution, new poll finds

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has been quoted in an article on the Independent, which covered Bright Blue's latest polling on air pollution.

In response to the polling, Eamonn said that the "public clearly believe national government should play a bigger role – in fact the biggest role – in introducing measures to reduce air pollution", before adding that the "government should be helping to establish a larger network of low emission zones across England". 

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The case for spending aid budget on conservation to save planet

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Our Senior Associate Fellow, Ben Caldecott, has written a piece for the Yorkshire Post on our latest report, Saving global nature: greening UK Official Development Assistance. In his article, Ben explains how our report calls for nature to become a key filter when allocating UK international aid. 

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Habitat loss, the erosion of ecosystem services, climate change, and pollution are exacerbating poverty and erasing – or increasing the fragility of – development gains around the world. Protecting and restoring nature is essential for securing genuinely sustainable development, particularly in the poorest countries.
 

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Britain once led the world in fighting climate change. We should reclaim that mantle

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Our Head of Research, Sam Hall, has written for Telegraph Refresh about our latest report, Hotting up. In his article, Sam states that the UK should establish a leading and international net-zero alliance to reclaim its status as a global champion on climate change mitigation. 

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To drive deeper decarbonisation, the Government should, therefore, enshrine in law a new net-zero greenhouse gas emission target. The Government should ask the CCC to advise on an appropriate date for achieving net-zero greenhouse emissions, so that the UK can make an equitable contribution to meeting the Paris Agreement’ 1.5°C goal.

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How to build a clean, green economy

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Our Researcher, Philip Box, has written for CapX about our latest report, Hotting up

Philip makes the case for deeper decarbonisation of Britain, and sets out how it could be achieved in the agricultural, energy, and transport sectors. He also cites Bright Blue's polling, which shows, amongst other things, that 64% of UK adults think Britain should cut its carbon emissions to zero in the coming decades, and that 63% agreed that the UK should be a global leader in tackling climate change.

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The UK should enshrine in law a new net zero emissions target in line with the Paris Agreement. This target would provide clarity to businesses and the public on the UK’s long-term ambition for decarbonisation and would strengthen the low-carbon economy, which is already experiencing above average growth.

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Hotting up: Government urged to lead G7 in embracing net zero target

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Our latest report, Hotting up, has been covered in an article on BusinessGreen. Our Head of Research, Sam Hall, was quoted saying that the "Conservative government has another opportunity to lead by making the UK the first G7 country to enshrine in law a net zero emissions target". 

Conservative MP, Simon Clarke, was also quoted saying that "the scientific, technological and legal case for the UK to establish a net zero target is so strong ... Bright Blue are right: the time to put net zero into law has come".

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Britain lobbies for right to host 2020 climate meeting

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Bright Blue's polling on younger voters' attitudes towards policy issues which they would like to hear senior politicians talk more about was referenced in an article in the Financial Times. 

Leslie Hook writes that the "UK government has accelerated its green agenda since a poll conducted for the Tories last year found that climate change was the issue voters between the ages of 18 and 28 wanted politicians to prioritise more."

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Wild animals are dying off rapidly. A new law could halt this destruction

Our Senior Associate Fellow, Ben Caldecott, has been published on the Guardian.

In his article, he calls for the UK to enshrine crimes against wildlife in future legislation which has been mooted to tackle international criminal misconduct, such as a UK version of the American Magnitsky Act. 

Read the full article here.