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Opinion: 3 reasons why the Earth Summit matters for Liberal Democrats

In mid-June 1992, over one hundred heads of state came together in Rio de Janeiro to establish groundbreaking and legally binding agreements which put sustainable development on the global agenda and urged the world to start living within its means.

Twenty years on, sustainable development appears to have lost its way. The global financial crisis and ongoing problems in the Eurozone have led some (including many in the Conservative Party) to turn a blind eye to environmental issues.

Such has been the lack of media coverage, in fact, that you could be forgiven for failing to realise that this week’s Earth Summit, …

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Opinion: Re-stating our environmental credentials in a language that makes economic sense

Last weekend wasn’t a good one for the environmental agenda.

First came a DECC press release containing proposals that will give rise to a new ‘dash for gas’ in the UK. The announcement means that new gas power stations will not need to be more efficient or less polluting.  It is part of the Treasury’s anti-green agenda which holds the misguided view that green policies are anti-growth and increase costs for businesses and households. This is despite the fact that recent hikes in power bills have been largely due to large increases in wholesale gas prices.

(Incidentally, the release was embargoed until …

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    I have often sited Lord Avebury as an example of the very best in the House of Lords that politics and public life has to...
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    The road to getting a second chance with voters who punished the party so badly at the Election is going to be so much harder...
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    Hi Stuart I agree with you there. Like you, I don't think you can interpret the AV referendum as a vote in support of FPTP....
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    Hi Lorenzo I take your point about coalition. Thanks for the encouragement!
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    The trouble with the trade argument is that it's all based on guesswork and therefore seen as scaremongering. We need a positive case for a...
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    A very brave and bold policy. I'm actually amazed. That's four things that jump out at me in the run up to the Scottish elections...