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Author: Rachel Maile

Overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming, say scientists

As temperature records were broken last week in three European nations, scientists now seem to be of one mind about Climate Change.  Extensive historical data has informed three studies, published in Nature and Nature Geoscience. These show that temperature changes over the last 2,000 years have never been as fast and extensive as in recent…
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UK Parliament Active Travel report calls for long-term funding

This week the UK Parliament’s Transport Select Committee published their report ‘Active Travel: increasing levels of walking and cycling in England’.  The report highlights that Active Travel can combat the huge economic, human and environmental costs of inactivity, climate change, air pollution and traffic congestion. It reiterates the need for a clear Government commitment to…
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Volunteer-friendly business is good business

Volunteering can be immensely powerful and beneficial. According to Paul Buddery, Director of Strategy for Volunteering Matters, volunteering is likely to improve physical and mental health, raise life satisfaction and self-esteem, and even reduce milder depressive symptoms and psychological distress, as well as improving local communities.  Some businesses and organisations do encourage employees to undertake…
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Being active for charity is motivating for employees

There are lots of ways to motivate employees. One that resonates with many is the opportunity to give back to the local community, and donating to charity is one way to do this. Challenges which raise money for charity can be a fantastic motivator, support the community and showcase your organisation in a positive way. …
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UK Air Quality is improving but there’s a long way to go

A new long-term study, released yesterday, has shown that early deaths linked to poor air quality in the UK fell by half between 1970 and 2010. The improvement is largely attributed to legislation which led to the cleaning up of power stations and vehicles.  However the crisis is far from over. Toxic air is today…
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How a BetterPoints Workplace Challenge got Sarah on her bike

BetterPoints is working with businesses and organisations in Bridgwater in Somerset to motivate employees to be more active and travel more sustainably. Workplaces across the town are taking part in the initiative which we’re running in partnership with Sustrans and other partners.  Sarah, who works locally, is finding the BetterPoints app has had a positive…
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Why commuters should choose greener transport

Congestion cost the UK economy £8bn in 2018, yet car use is the highest it’s been and commuters spend up to three days a year each stuck in rush-hour traffic. Car use is at an all-time high in Britain say ETA, the organisers of Green Transport Week; and, as the roads get busier, really green…
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Air pollution – a challenge most people don’t know how to tackle

Air pollution affects everyone, every day and has far-reaching consequences for health, wellbeing and the environment. It is something many people are aware of but very few know how to tackle. A recent survey showed that 92% of adults think that reducing poor air quality should be a priority for the UK and yet 65% said…
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Richard Kirk moves to CEO role at BetterPoints

BetterPoints is pleased to announce that current Executive Chairman Richard Kirk has been appointed as CEO. After nine years at the helm, Founder Daniel Gipple hands over the day-to-day leadership of BetterPoints to focus his time on strategic issues such as business development and investment as well as speaking opportunities. An experienced business leader and…
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Making your business cycle-friendly

Bike Week is a great opportunity for workplaces to encourage cycling. Here are some ways to make your business cycle-friendly