The Ashden blog
By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager
Although winter is, at last, beginning to be a distant memory, this year’s harsh conditions left homes across the UK with high energy bills and chilly homes – with many householders wondering how they were going to pay their bills at the end of the month.
By Mike Pepler, Ashden UK Awards Manager
Last week a new report was published predicting that one-third of common land animals could see dramatic losses this century because of climate change, with global temperatures set to rise 4C above preindustrial levels by 2100 if nothing is done to stem greenhouse gas emissions.
By Anne Wheldon, Ashden Knowledge and Research Manager
From a global perspective, cooking on charcoal is hugely wasteful. About ten tonnes of wood are used to make just one tonne of charcoal. That wood often comes from trees that are cut down and not replaced, contributing to deforestation and forest degradation that accelerate climate change and have devastating effects on wildlife and humans.
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
While the rising urban middle classes in India’s big cities increasingly take their mod cons for granted, some 400 million Indians have never used electric light bulbs in their homes – let alone had the power to charge their mobile phones, listen to the radio or watch TV.