November 16th, 2018

Regression test: must environmental taxes hit the poorest?

by Peter Jones   Political enthusiasm for environmental taxes seems to be at a low ebb in the UK. In the run up to Budget 2018, there was indications that things might change, but talk of a new tax on plastics turned into a consultation, while taxes on incineration and single-use cups were mooted and […]


May 10th, 2017

Air cover: politics and the air quality plan

by Dominic Hogg   The Government finally published its long awaited revised air quality plan, albeit in draft form, last Friday. Many have expressed disappointment with its lack of ambition, but less has been written about the signs of some key last minute ‘tweaks’. The apparent aim of the late changes was to minimise the […]


February 10th, 2017

The environment and ‘the elite’

by Dominic Hogg   Everything today, it seems, is being viewed through the polarising language of ‘Brexit’ – even the environment. Those of us who have been engaged in environmentalism for many years need to recognise the sudden and dangerous change that is taking place in the way the issues we care about are being […]


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. […]


June 22nd, 2016

Unknown environment? Brexit certainties and uncertainties

by Dominic Hogg   Much has been written in recent weeks – tomes, in fact – regarding the EU membership referendum decision that faces UK citizens. Each day, we are drip-fed new opinion, and new faces come to the fore in the media, swearing their allegiance to one or other side. Just occasionally, a little […]


May 13th, 2016

United in life and death: Maurice Strong and Mostafa Tolba

by Steve Watson   Within the past six months, the environmental community – and for that matter the planet – has lost two of its most influential champions. Maurice Strong, who passed away in November 2015, and Mostafa Tolba, who died this March, were both active on the world stage in the earliest days of […]


July 24th, 2015

Exchequered past: George Osborne and green taxes

by Dominic Hogg   George Osborne’s July Budget was widely seen as his first opportunity to fully reflect the perspective of the Conservative Party in fiscal policy. The trailers to his speech made it quite clear that the Chancellor would break with the coalition’s approach on environmental taxation. So did the July Budget represent a […]