March 30th, 2012

Bringing it all back home

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by Claire Stonier and Peter Jones


If you work at home from time to time, is the waste you produce there domestic or commercial? How about if you manage you computer repair business from your spare room? Or if you run a child minding business in your house?

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March 26th, 2012

Am I part of the problem?

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones


When something appears on Isonomia that I think will interest my friends, I post it on Facebook. I hoped Sam Taylor’s piece on the EU ETS would prompt a bit of discussion. And indeed it did – one which struck right to the heart of my reasons for becoming an environmental consultant.

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March 19th, 2012

Black swans and waste policy

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward


The Institute for Government is doing some very interesting work on improving policy analysis and evaluation. At a well-attended event last week some of the many reasons why things currently go wrong began to emerge.

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March 13th, 2012

ROC bands – just keep it simple

by Peter Jones OBE


In my experience, a uniting feature of governments of all political complexions is their capacity to base policy on fundamentally flawed assumptions, miss the overarching issues, and eschew sound science and rational economic models. DECC’s proposals on Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) Banding were a case in point, and the consultation, the results of which are due out this Spring, frustratingly allowed no scope to question the intellectual strength of the total package.

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March 8th, 2012

Reimagining greenhouse gases

by Ulrich Wiegel and Martin Steiner


Both solid waste and greenhouse gases are “wastes” in a broad sense. They are unwanted and potentially damaging by-products of the way that we live our lives in the 21st century. However, while solid waste impinges on our senses, greenhouse gases are imperceptible – and from this simple fact comes a huge difference in our attitudes.

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March 7th, 2012

March of the Isonomians

by the Administrator


Thanks to our authors and readers, it was a fine February for Isonomia – far better than the ever-pessimistic Admin desk anticipated, in fact, given that it was a short month. For one thing, there was a major change of colour scheme for the site – we hope you like our new cool blues and purples, replacing the previous autumnal theme. The leap year also heralded a 75% leap in our reader numbers and growing interest from around the world. So without wishing to neglect our loyal Bristol and London readership, we’d particularly like to say hello to those looking in from Toronto and Kuwait!

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March 5th, 2012

Pickles’ free lunch

All you can eat

by James Fulford


Eric Pickles’ Weekly Collection Support Scheme reminds me for some reason of an under-stocked all-you-can-eat buffet. Local authorities that commit to collect refuse weekly for the next five years will be invited to fill their boots, whilst those with fortnightly refuse collection wishing to provide a weekly food waste service, will be grudgingly shown to the back of the queue, to pick over the scraps. Show the waiter a special innovation ticket and you may find yourself advanced a few places in the line.

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