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Julia O'Driscoll

Julia O’Driscoll is the engagement editor at TheWeek.co.uk. She specialises in environmental news and lifestyle features, and is a regular guest on the award-winning The Week Unwrapped podcast. Julia is an experienced digital strategist with expertise in social media, newsletter and influencer marketing.

She began her career as a print and digital journalist on magazine titles at Norwich-based publishing company Archant, before moving to London and joining sustainability consultancy Eco-Age. During her tenure there as a social media and content editor, Julia oversaw a digital rebrand and the implementation of the company’s new content strategy. Alongside feature writing and social-first content creation for a range of brands, she also interviewed and commissioned prominent voices from the sustainable fashion and climate justice spheres. She has a master's in liberal arts from Bristol University, and spent a year studying at Charles University in Prague during her degree. 

How to plan a green Christmas
Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper
Getting to grips with . . .

How to plan a green Christmas

Cut your carbon emissions this festive season with rented trees and meal planning
3 Dec 2021
Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government
Boris Johnson in front of a Christmas tree
Between the lines

Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government

Communication confusion hits hospitality industry as ministers give conflicting advice
3 Dec 2021
Which countries have mandated vaccines?
Anti-vaccination protest in London
In Focus

Which countries have mandated vaccines?

Compulsory vaccination rules have been both praised and criticised
1 Dec 2021
Is China capitalist?
Portraits of President Xi Jinping and the late Mao Zedong
Today’s big question

Is China capitalist?

President Xi’s policy of ‘common prosperity’ may have significant impact on global economy
30 Nov 2021
What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
Person walks over Millennium Bridge in London during winter fog
Fact file

What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Light exposure is said to help improve low mood during darker months
29 Nov 2021
The space mission launched to protect Earth
Asteroid flies through night sky
The latest on . . .

The space mission launched to protect Earth

Nasa scientists announce successful lift-off in first stage of bid to prevent catastrophic asteroid collision
26 Nov 2021
What is climate migration?
Family collect water containers during drought in Afghanistan
Fact file

What is climate migration?

Environmental threats projected to displace populations worldwide in coming years
25 Nov 2021
Beaverbrook Town House: homely luxury with theatrical flourishes
The Library at Beaverbrook Town House
In Review

Beaverbrook Town House: homely luxury with theatrical flourishes

Forgot London’s West End, this Chelsea stage is set for entertainment and indulgence
25 Nov 2021
Unexplained surge in non-Covid deaths triggers calls for probe
Ambulance outside hospital
In Depth

Unexplained surge in non-Covid deaths triggers calls for probe

Almost 9,300 more people than usual have died from conditions unrelated to coronavirus since July
17 Nov 2021
Will climate change lead to war?
Afghan family driving across drought-ridden region
Today’s big question

Will climate change lead to war?

Environmental disruption can ‘load the dice’ and increase risk of conflict, experts warn
11 Nov 2021
When will we know if Cop26 was a success?
Boris Johnson looking at his watch
Today’s big question

When will we know if Cop26 was a success?

Draft agreement lays out key dates for necessary action on climate change
10 Nov 2021
What has Meghan Markle done since moving to California?
Meghan Markle waves
In Depth

What has Meghan Markle done since moving to California?

Duchess strikes mega TV deal plus book and mentoring projects in past 18 months
9 Nov 2021
Climate change: the cities most at risk
Flooded street in Brooklyn, New York
Fact file

Climate change: the cities most at risk

Urban populations face increasing threat of natural disasters from warming temperatures
3 Nov 2021
The most extreme weather events of 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

The most extreme weather events of 2021

This year’s weather should be ‘canary’ in the climate change ‘coal mine’, says scientist
1 Nov 2021
What the world is saying about Cop26
Boris Johnson
Global lens

What the world is saying about Cop26

The ‘last chance’ bid to tackle climate change kicks off in Glasgow this weekend
27 Oct 2021
The house price boom in five charts
For Sale signs
In Depth

The house price boom in five charts

Demand continues to outstrip ‘stock-starved’ housing market
22 Oct 2021
The government’s green strategies in a nutshell
Rishi Sunak
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The government’s green strategies in a nutshell

Net zero plans for finance and homes are announced as the Treasury tots up the price tag
19 Oct 2021
Valneva vaccine: why UK ditched jab with ‘stronger immune response’ than AstraZeneca
Engineer looks at samples in vaccine laboratory
In Depth

Valneva vaccine: why UK ditched jab with ‘stronger immune response’ than AstraZeneca

Downing Street accused French manufacturer of breaching contract
19 Oct 2021
Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading
flu_sneeze.jpg
Getting to grips with . . .

Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading

Increasing number of Brits are complaining of ‘chainsaw’ throats and dripping noses
15 Oct 2021
What is the coldest UK winter on record?
Car pulls over in cold weather
Getting to grips with . . .

What is the coldest UK winter on record?

Britain and other countries warned of ‘full-blown crisis’ if temperatures plummet too low
14 Oct 2021
Where have all the doctors and nurses gone?
GP sits at desk in surgery
In Depth

Where have all the doctors and nurses gone?

Health sector seeing a ‘breakdown’ in relationship between patients and medical professionals
12 Oct 2021
What causes flooding?
Taxi drives on flooded London street
Getting to grips with . . .

What causes flooding?

Government hopes £5.2bn flood defence plan and lower emissions can protect UK homes and businesses
8 Oct 2021
What’s happening to Britain’s pigs?
Protester dressed as pig at Conservative Party conference
Today’s big question

What’s happening to Britain’s pigs?

Boris Johnson heightens farmers’ fury with bacon sandwich comments
8 Oct 2021
Scottish independence odds and polls: will Scotland vote to leave the UK?
Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected to position of first minister
In Depth

Scottish independence odds and polls: will Scotland vote to leave the UK?

Independence referendum a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’
7 Oct 2021
Piers Corbyn: the weather forecaster and conspiracy theorist who ‘defies categorisation’
Piers Corbyn at a demonstration
Profile

Piers Corbyn: the weather forecaster and conspiracy theorist who ‘defies categorisation’

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother is a leading anti-vaccination campaigner
30 Sep 2021
Palazzo Ricci: own a fraction of authentic Italy
Palazzo Ricci
The wish list

Palazzo Ricci: own a fraction of authentic Italy

A private residence club putting community and conservation first
22 Sep 2021
Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?
Woman gets vaccinated
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Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?

Expert calls for ‘plausible’ link between the vaccines and menstrual changes to be investigated
20 Sep 2021
How carbon offsetting works
Flying plane
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How carbon offsetting works

Experts question efficiency and effectiveness of unregulated schemes that allegedly cancel out travel emissions
6 Sep 2021
How much will it cost the UK to get to net zero?
Boris Johnson sits in front of projected earth
In Depth

How much will it cost the UK to get to net zero?

Details still needed on who will bear cost of upfront investment
19 Aug 2021
Timeline: Britney Spears’ battle against conservatorship
Britney Spears attends an awards ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2018
In Depth

Timeline: Britney Spears’ battle against conservatorship

Pop star’s father agrees to step down as conservator after legal campaign
13 Aug 2021
Are too many people going to university in the UK?
University graduate silhouette
Today’s big question

Are too many people going to university in the UK?

Ministers urge school-leavers to consider alternative paths
12 Aug 2021
The potential paths for climate change roadmap
Firefighters battle ongoing wildfires in Greece
Getting to grips with . . .

The potential paths for climate change roadmap

Experts say government intervention will be key in tackling environmental crisis
10 Aug 2021
The Green New Deal
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders
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The Green New Deal

Ambitious resolution provides ‘framework’ for future climate plans
6 Aug 2021
What is gender terrorism?
Noor Mukadam vigil
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What is gender terrorism?

Pakistani activists call for action on country’s high rate of gender-based violence
5 Aug 2021
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