Insight

Making the polluter pay for the transition to net zero

24 Mar 2019

Should the fossil fuel industry fund the transition to zero carbon? In the UK they cause around £44 billion worth of damage each year.

Fracking and earthquakes: why regulations must not be weakened

19 Mar 2019

The fracking industry is demanding that the government weakens earthquake regulations, The regulations, designed to protect local people and the environment, are an important safeguard on an industry that last year caused 57 earthquakes while fracking a single well.

33 actions local authorities can take on climate change

19 Mar 2019

Despite cutbacks there is still a lot local authorities can do on climate change

The opportunity costs of HS2

19 Mar 2019

HS2 is using money that's needed for buses, trams, walking, cycling and other railway projects if we are to beat climate change and cure commuter hell.

Net Gain – the new threat to nature

04 Mar 2019

Is the Government's plan for 'Net Biodiversity Gain' another ruse to let developers trample over our wildlife?

New tricks: biodiversity offsetting and mining

19 Feb 2019

Biodiversity offsetting allows damage to nature in one area to be offset through conservation work in another but we show this is harming people and nature in Madagascar and elsewhere.

Transforming public transport

Lynn Sloman and Lisa Hopkinson, Transport for Quality of life15 Feb 2019

Free bus travel should be offered in the UK to the under 30's as a stepping stone to free bus travel for all.

Planning for less car use

Lisa Hopkinson and Lynn Sloman, Transport for Quality of Life03 Feb 2019

Urban sprawl needs to be stopped. We need a diverse mix of new developments in existing urban areas with high quality public transport, cycling and walking.

More than electric cars

Lisa Hopkinson and Lynn Sloman, Transport for Quality of Life01 Feb 2019

Even a very rapid switch to electric cars will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough. In addition, traffic levels need to be reduced by at least 20%.

The future of heating

Mike Childs01 Aug 2018

The UK should use renewable energy to heat homes and businesses. It should do that through electric heating backed up by renewably-produced hydrogen.

Why women will save the planet

01 Mar 2018External link

The International Women’s Day book that states there is no solution to climate change without women’s empowerment.

Refashioning food systems with sustainable diets guidelines

Professor Tim Lang01 May 20171.21 MB PDF file

Food consumption impacts on environment, health, society and economy. We argue for a sustainable diets strategy.

Big Ideas project features in The Ecologist

17 Mar 2017External link

It's not enough to oppose all the bad things. We also have to build our own vision of the future, and map out how to get there.

30 Big Ideas to change the world

14 Feb 2017839 kB PDF file

Over a period of 4 years Friends of the Earth investigated 10 big research areas, from the future of cities to innovation to the role of gender equality.

Sharing cities: a case for truly smart and sustainable cities

02 Nov 2015External link

McLaren and Agyeman go beyond the faddish, commercial sharing economy to means of sharing that are communal, encouraging trust and collaboration.