March 31st, 2015

Phoenix or ostrich? UK solar PV and the Renewables Obligation

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by Chloe Bines


Today sees the closure of the Renewable Obligation (RO) to solar PV developments greater than 5 MW, two years ahead of the closure of the scheme for all technologies. In the past, when the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has been reduced (or ‘degressed’) for solar PV, the industry has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, even when it was expected to take a severe knock. But will this latest blow put a stop to its expansion, or will it be back to business as usual as soon as the industry adapts?

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March 27th, 2015

Stemming the tide of plastic bags


By Sarah Baulch


True horror lies not in crumbling Gothic graveyards or the trappings of midnight movies but in the disturbing implications of mundane things. Having spent years researching the impacts of marine debris and long hours looking at pictures of creatures with plastic clogging their stomachs, now when I stand in a supermarket queue and see an endless tide of plastic bags flow from the checkouts to the world beyond all I can think about is where those bags are going to end up.

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March 20th, 2015

Talking GIB-berish


by Dominic Hogg


We’ve now had more than two years of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), enough time to take a view on how green its intervention in the waste sector has been. It won’t be a surprise to hear that the answer is “not very”, but much more interesting to ask why.

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March 13th, 2015

Capacity for change: understanding the Capacity Market Auction


by David Christopherson


Can you remember when you last experienced a power cut in the UK? Thankfully, groping for the emergency candles is a short-lived novelty rather than a day-to-day worry: the National Grid’s 2013/14 performance report confirms that the annual total unsupplied electricity for England and Wales was just 135.9 MWh – a reliability rate of 99.99995%.

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March 6th, 2015

Water quality: a fishy business


by Thomas Appleby


It is easy to assume that it was public pressure which forced the Victorians in the UK to clean up the UK’s over-polluted 19th century waterways. But while that was partly true it is not the whole story.

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March 5th, 2015

Not shutting our cake hole

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by the Administrator


In his treatise on ancient calendars, The Reckoning of Time, the venerable Bede tells us that in Anglo-Saxon times February could be called “month of cakes”, after the cakes which people offered up to the gods during the month. A cake charm also survives in a manuscript written in the tenth or eleventh century, which instructs us that a blighted field may be restored by leaving a loaf kneaded with milk and holy water under its first furrow.

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March 3rd, 2015

UK marine litter measures: a list as long as your arm?


by Chiarina Darrah


It’s taken several years of sustained campaigning to bring marine litter onto the agenda, backed up by strategic work at the global and regional level by organisations like the UN, Regional Seas Programmes, the European Commission, national governments, and many others.

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