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Climate Week is hotting up for councils

As one of the local government endorsers of Climate Week, the LGiU was invited to last night’s launch event in Westminster with Greg Baker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and around 800 others. It was excellent to attend the event on behalf of local government and to see councils, such as Lewisham, Birmingham and…

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Pricing the environment makes business sense

The short term market driven view of “soulless corporation” can be “cancerous” to the environment and biodiversity. Sounds like an environmental campaign slogan. Not quite. This comes as a warning from Pavan Sukdev, author of the highly anticipated report The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business launched today on the value of the…

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After the flood: Who should pay the bill?

Last week’s terrible floods in Cumbria catapulted flood management to the top of the political agenda. Speaking at last week’s LGiU conference on flooding, Allerdale Council Leader Tim Heslop discussed the “massive recovery effort” that local government will be required to lead. How should councils finance these costs? More on this is available at ConservativeHome…

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Flood and Water Management Bill

At first glance the LGFF can claim a partial victory on our work with the Floods and Water Management Bill. Published today, the Bill not only recognises the leadership role of local authorities in managing flood risks but also seems to give them the power to do this. The issue of funding is still not…

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The end of the Oil Age?

The peak oil debate is back on the table, with alarm bells ringing about the possibility of oil depletion before 2030. A report released yesterday by the UK Energy Research Centre found that easy-to-access oil is running out and the new reserves will be more difficult and expensive to extract. This debate is not new.…

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Finding money isn’t easy

Climate change will have an impact on communities, especially the poor and vulnerable. For example, half a million farmers in rural India face crops failure due to bad weather. This is also evident in the UK as demonstrated by the summer floods in 2007. There is an urgent need to adapt to climate change but…

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Bottled water

The Governor of New York is phasing out the use of bottled water in the public sector, it’s a great initiative that paves the way for local government in the US. Similarly, local government in the UK should be talking about introducing such initiatives. Making tap water available for free not only addresses the issue…

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