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Two important new Feasta documents just published

Two important documents are being printed today. One is “Cap and Share – A fair way to cut greenhouse emissions”, a 32 page Feasta booklet explaining how C&S could be used to halt climate change at a global level. You can read a summary and download the entire paper here. Hardcopies will be available next week for €5, postpaid.

The other is a 106-page report commissioned by Comhar, the Irish national sustainable development council, from a British consultancy on the way Cap and Share could be used at a national level to control Ireland’s greenhouse emissions. It is very …

Submission on sustainable residential developments in urban areas

Feasta recently made a submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Sustainable Residential Developments in Urban Areas.

In general, we welcome these Guidelines and Urban Design Manual as they comprise a good outline of current best practice, an improvement on the current situation. But we fear that the Guidelines are too late; they address an economic reality that is rapidly changing; they largely ignore pressures in rural areas and they are not ambitious enough to properly address the energy, climate and social challenges currently facing Ireland.

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Will Howard: a tribute by Brian Davey

Will had his own way of learning that he had a terminal illness – he wasn’t going to give up. He was going to fight it. He was going to live as long as he could because he had campaigning to do. He continued fighting his illness so that he could keep campaigning right to the last. The last time I spoke to him he told me that the chemotherapy had not gone well – and then he asked me in a weak voice whether there were any urgent decisions to be made in our Cap and Share work.

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Obituary: Will Howard (1951-2008)

Will Howard setting off on his cycle ride to Brussels in 2007 to promote Cap and Share.

Will was born in Cambridge on 14th December 1951. His father, Dr Harold Howard, was Deputy Director at the Plant Breeding Institute there, and bred potatoes to be resilient to various insects. The story goes that he was working on two varieties of potatoes and came home and asked his family for names.…