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Built environment/wellness

Our cities, buildings and man-made environment plus issues around health and wellness

Sandy Jayaraj
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Hemp as a transition material?

Regular readers will know that we see the built environment as one of the key areas to focus on for transitioning to a more sustainable world. It is an integral part of societal existence and a major resource consumption problem (40% of global raw materials) and decarbonisation problem (as much

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'Rioting' farmers and the importance of engagement

A Vox article caught our eye this week titled 'How rioting farmers unraveled Europe's ambitious climate plan.' The article discusses the ongoing conflict between farmers in the European Union (EU) and the EU's efforts to implement environmental regulations through initiatives like the Green Deal

Sandy Jayaraj
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The global burden of disease due to infection

John Rex in his excellent AMR Solutions newsletter highlighted an excellent analysis of the global burden of disease due to infection by Naghavi et al published in The Lancet.  The 'burden' measured in disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) that are lost due to the disease both from death or incapacitation

Sandy Jayaraj
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Deforestation and zoonotic diseases

Forests are a significant ecological and economic resource that sequester carbon and provide habitat for wildlife and livelihoods for communities.  A number of activities cause deforestation including the clearing of forests for commercial crop cultivation (e.g. soybean, palm oil, and wheat) and for livestock grazing especially in tropical regions

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The hidden influence of viruses on climate change

We know that climate change can impact the spread of viruses and disease. But, have we thought enough about how viruses can impact climate change? How? Through methane production. And we all know that methane is a powerful GHG.

Sandy Jayaraj
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Heating and the importance of systems thinking.

The Heat Pump Summit took place at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford on 10th April. Despite a long history of heat pump innovation and usage - the first large scale heat pump in the UK was in operation in 1945 in Norwich - household installed heat pumps

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Temperature control is a key electricity demand driver

In Hannah Ritchie's recent Sustainability by numbers blog, she asks the question "what do American households use electricity for?" As many of you will know, Hannah is a data scientist and deputy editor and lead researcher at Our World in Data. She dives into data from

Steven Bowen
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EV charging on a neighbours driveway?

A recent report from Zenith suggests that only 1 in 7 UK EV drivers use public charge points. The EVXperience Report (EVX2), which polled almost 2,800 of Zenith’s EV customers, also shows that more than two-thirds (69%) primarily rely on charging off-street at home. The good news is

Sandy Jayaraj
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The combined burden of underweight and obesity has risen in most countries

In 2022, over a billion people globally were living with obesity with 160 million of them aged 5-19. A study published in The Lancet used data from 3663 population-based studies that measured the height and weight in representative samples of the general population between 1990 and 2022. There were 222

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Scaling up access to electric cooking services in Tanzania

According to the IEA, 2.3 billion people or nearly one third of the global population cook their meals over open fires or basic cook stoves. The fuels used are typically firewood, agricultural waste, charcoal, coal, kerosene and even animal dung. All of these emit harmful smoke, often in enclosed

Steven Bowen
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Are we finally getting closer to using your EV to 'power' the electricity grid?

Octopus Energy has launched the UK’s first mass market vehicle-to-grid (V2G) tariff (called the Octopus Power Pack), which they say guarantees free charging for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. The tariff, which is still in beta, uses V2G technology and Octopus Energy’s tech platform, Kraken, to balance charging and

Sandy Jayaraj
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A new wee test for bowel cancer?

Colorectal cancer or bowel cancer is the third most common cancer globally and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths (after lung cancer). Europe has the highest death rate with an age-standardised rate of 12 per 100,000 (2022) across all ages and sexes and accounted for almost 28%

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