April 22nd, 2015

Green light: Labour’s manifesto lacks substance on the environment

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by Bethany Ledingham

 

There are only 15 days left until the 2015 General Election. The party manifestos have been polished and published for media and voter scrutiny. Issues such as the NHS and the deficit are dominating the headlines, so it’s easy for environmental policies to slip under the radar. But with the Green Party’s growing membership, and their inclusion in the recent party leader’s debate, have the main parties felt the pressure to up the ante on their green policies?

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April 17th, 2015

Twisting in the wind

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by Laurence Elliott

 

As the May election draws nearer, the UK wind industry waits to see what effect the new government will have on the development of onshore wind. Back in December 2014, David Cameron told the Commons Liaison Committee of senior MPs that the Conservatives would not subsidise any new onshore turbines if they were to win the general election, claiming that the public are “frankly fed up with so many wind farms being built that won’t be necessary”.

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April 10th, 2015

Transitioning to a circular economy

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by Ad Lansink

 

For a society accustomed to the achievements of a linear economy, the transition to a circular system is a hard task even to contemplate. Although the changes needed may seem daunting, it is important to remember that we have already come a long way. However, the history of the waste hierarchy has taught that political perseverance and unity of approach are essential to achieving long term visions in supply chain management.

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April 7th, 2015

As sure as blogs is eggs

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by the Administrator

 

It’s been a glorious Easter weekend in the Land of Blog: the trees are now flush with blog-blossom, yellow blogodills decorate the fields, and new born blog-bunnies are at play in every vale. However, Easter wouldn’t be complete with the annual Isonomia Egg Hunt, and we can tell you that this year it was a cracker.

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April 2nd, 2015

Pick of the bunch: communities and litter

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by Sophie Crosswell

 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that litter’s a bad thing, right? Yet the most recent Local Environmental Quality Survey of England (LEQSE) report found ‘unacceptable’ levels of litter at 11% of sites inspected – and ‘acceptable’ doesn’t necessarily mean none. So if we all agree that litter is bad, how come we drop so much of it, and what are we going to do about it?

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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

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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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