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This category is for selected guest blogs written by students on the City, University of London Writing for Business shortcourse.

Plastic With Purpose

[About the author: Clare Furlonger is Marketing and Communications Manager for LeapFrog Investments. Clare was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course in Oct-Dec 2018, and wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

If I were to light a cigarette in the central London office where I work, would it be ok?

It’d be pretty absurd right? I mean for one, I don’t smoke. But more to the point, it’s illegal. And more than that, it’s really socially unacceptable. We know the harmful effects smoking and second-hand smoke have on our health. And because of this, employers have a responsibility to prevent employees from smoking at work.

But this wasn’t always the case. 20 years ago, banning smoking in the workplace was considered a ‘radical’ idea, because smoking was everywhere. You could smoke not only in offices but in schools, in restaurants, on planes, in shops, in cinemas, in bars and pubs, in hospitals, on buses and trains, everywhere. It was normal. Just as using plastic is normal. It’s in all the places I just mentioned. We don’t even realise, because we are so conditioned to it surrounding us.

Don’t get me wrong, plastic is an incredible invention that has revolutionised the world and how we live. It has its purpose. But like smoking, plastic is harmful. To our health, economies, and the environment.

On the Path of the Climate Change Threat

[Note on the author: Sally Wang is an operations manager and coordinator, living and working temporarily in London though her family home is in the USA. She was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course in Oct-Dec 2018. Sally wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

Heatwaves, floods and drought are striking us more frequently than expected. Our actions will determine our future and fate. Are we prepared?

Why are California’s wildfires so hard to fight? And why do farmers in Iowa have no water for their corn? Why are people seeing their insurance rates go up? It is clear that the impact of climate change is growing. But what is causing these changes? And how does the rising temperature affect the environment, and our lives?

A group of prominent global climate change scientists at the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) have been exploring this issue for decades. And their recent climate change report gives more explanation.

‘My Name’s Scotland, And I’m An Alcoholic’

[Note on the author: Callum Provan works in Internal Communications for Vodafone Enterprise. He was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course which ended in July 2018. Callum wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

The passionate, heart-warming, sometimes volatile northern uncle who just doesn’t know when to stop.

It’s the image which has permeated British media for as long as anyone can remember, and it surfaced again as the Scottish Government became the first governing party in the world to introduce a minimum unit pricing cap on alcohol.

As of 1st May 2018, there is now a 50p per unit minimum price on all alcohol sold in Scotland. Supermarket own brand lagers and spirits disappeared from the shelves on the same day.

And with 1,235 alcohol related deaths as a direct result of alcohol misuse in 2017, 30.9 per 100,000 people and 28% higher than second placed Wales, few would disagree that Scotland has a drinking problem, even by UK standards.

But this isn’t the first time the Scottish Government has attempted to tackle alcohol misuse with state regulation, nor is it a move unique to the Scottish National Party.

Global Cultural Heritage Sites, Tourism and the Economy

[Note on the author: Emily Cronin is Business Development & Marketing Coordinator at Barker Langham cultural consultancy. She was a student on the City, University of London Writing for Business short course which ended in July 2018. Emily wrote this blog as part of a homework/in-class exercise on that course.]

What impact will the emerging new cultural heritage sites have on global tourism?

In May of this year, I was intrigued to read about the development of the site and area around al-Ula. An archaeological treasure located in Saudi Arabia, al-Ula was once home to the Nabateans who also inhabited the famous city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan. The sites are famous for their buildings carved in stone; the architecture representing a rich combination of Roman, Islamic and Byzantine influences.