Author Archives: olihutchinson

What’s the Catch?

In his article “The Tragedy of the Commons”, ecologist Garrett Hardin argues that a jointly-held resource is destined to be over-exploited rather than preserved in order to serve the self-interest of individuals. Beyond State controlled territorial bounds of sea beds where no nation holds exclusive ownership, the high seas cover almost 50% of the earth’s […]
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Victory for environmentalists as Hidroaysén dams are rejected in Chile

After 8 years of protests against plans to build 5 large hydro-electric power plants along the Baker and Pascua rivers in the Aysén Region in Chile, the $8 billion Hidroaysén project was reject by the government last week who cited various unresolved environmental issues for their decision. Originally sold as a solution to the energy […]
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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

With landfills bursting at the rim and pollution filling our oceans and rivers, a huge amount of reusable materials are being thrown away in an ever growing global disregard for preserving resources. By simply taking a quick look at recycling statistics online, there is an overwhelming sense that we aren’t doing enough to combat waste. […]
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Why is the electric car stalling in Germany?

Transportation in the EU is responsible for more than a fifth of all its green house gas emissions. Several European countries have announced bold plans to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) on a wide scale, including Germany who will be targeting to have 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. With one of the most […]
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The Human Cost of Fast Fashion – Rana Plaza

With the 1st anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster recently passing, it’s important to look at the progress being made within the Bangladesh garment industry. Despite worldwide public shock at the events which unfolded on April 23rd 2013, when the eight-storey factory collapsed, resulting in the deaths of 1,129 workers and a further estimated 2,500 […]
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Making Waves in the Tidal Power Industry

As part of the Climate Change Act, the UK government are working towards an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. At present, however, only 4.2% of power used comes from renewable sources, which indicates that the UK generates the third lowest amount of renewable energy in the EU28. Therefore, developing new forms of […]
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