January 13th, 2017

Multiple points: in favour of fishing hook restrictions

by Stuart McLanaghan

 

For many, angling represents a life-long passion that starts at childhood and continues throughout adult-life, where some claim to experience a connection with our more primeval hunter-gatherer instincts. Angling is one of our biggest recreational activities – a 2010 survey indicated 4.2 million people in England and Wales had been freshwater fishing over the previous two years. However, in an increasingly conservation and animal welfare conscious world, the common use of multiple point fishing hooks stands out as angling’s Achilles’ heel.

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January 6th, 2017

What’s behind the rise in three-weekly rubbish collections?

by Peter Jones

 

Three-weekly residual waste collections are on the rise, but remain highly controversial. Their introduction has been heralded by stories of over-spilling bins, growing populations of rats, and people buying “top-up” collections from opportunist private bin companies – in fact, all of the same ill-founded fears that were raised about fortnightly collections.

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December 21st, 2016

Alcohol problem: the environmental impacts of beer

by Alice Walton

 

Most of us enjoy a pint or two at Christmas time. Whether we’re letting our hair down at the work Christmas party or meeting up with family and friends down the local pub, and whether it’s an ale to warm the cockles on a cold winter’s night or a cool lager to rouse us from a pudding-induced nap, over the holiday season the idea of a nice pint of beer may often come to the forefront of our minds.

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December 16th, 2016

Guidance counselling: understanding fire prevention plans

by Sophie Crosswell

 

Since the introduction of the Environment Agency’s (EA) Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guidance, waste operators have been battling with the national approval panel to achieve the compliant plans needed for their new facilities.  Whilst July’s revised guidance went some way to clarifying the EA’s expectations and flexibility, gaining approval for a FPP still seems to be a hurdle many are having difficulty with.

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December 9th, 2016

What will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a cyclist

by Gernot Wagner

 

There’s nothing quite like biking down clogged city streets, weaving in and out of traffic. For short distances, it’s faster than driving. It’s liberating. It’s fun.

It also makes it painfully clear that most roads aren’t made for bikes. Make one mistake, and you might end up dead. If you do everything right and the 4,000-pounder next to you makes a mistake, you still might end up dead. Few regular urban cyclists remain entirely unharmed throughout the years: A broken bone (“cut off by a van”), a scraped shin (“car door”), or perhaps simply drenched on an otherwise dry road (“I avoided the mud puddle; the car didn’t”).

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December 2nd, 2016

The ups and downs of landfill data

by Dominic Hogg

 

There’s a hackneyed phrase that people often come out with when they are looking for improved data: ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’. Waste management strikes me as the perfect counter example: for anything other than waste collected by local authorities, the quality of the UK’s waste data is generally of terrible quality. Does that really mean we don’t know a thing about how waste should be managed?

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November 25th, 2016

Less rotting in the state of Denmark?

by Sarah Ettlinger

 

Copenhagen’s second ‘Wefood’ surplus food supermarket opened on Monday 7th November. Products in the shop are donated, for example due to damaged packaging or being close to or past best-before dates, and sold at 50-70% below the market price. The expansion builds on the success of the first Wefood, which received more than 25 tonnes of donations in the first three months after it opened in February. Both stores are run by DanChurchAid and staffed by volunteers.

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