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We must build momentum beyond plastics

Firstly I promise to keep this short, as I am about to head off on a family holiday, and secondly events over the last few weeks have left me in a reflective mood.

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One in, one out at Defra may spell trouble ahead

Ever since Michael Gove revealed his ambition to become the next Conservative leader I knew he wouldn’t stay on long as environment secretary, regardless of the outcome of the leadership contest.

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War on plastic or a war on waste?

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani’s War on Plastic might be critiqued for presenting a somewhat one-sided view of plastic waste in the UK and the solutions around it.

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With the first round of consultations on the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy out of the way there is now time to reflect on the many questions they have raised.

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Looking to the future

I was hoping the only form of turbulence, if any, I’d experience this summer would be caused by a plane taking me to a hot, sunny country.

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Four simple ways to improve the PRN system

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The negative impacts of climate change are widespread, with David Attenborough calling it a ‘catastrophe’, Swedish schoolgirl climate activist Greta Thunberg labelling it an ‘existential crisis’ and calls for rapid action across all industries.


Has Defra been too ambitious?

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