January 16th, 2015

Mutual benefit: austerity, waste partnerships and Teckal

Marriage de la vierge

by Wayne Lewis

 

The age of public sector austerity ushered in by the 2008 financial crisis has fallen with particular severity on local government. The Local Government Association (LGA) has calculated that the latest Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 18th December 2014 represents an 8.8% cut to local government budgets from April 2015. This brings to 40% the total reduction in core government funding since 2010 – then typically around two thirds of a council’s budget. Yet the deficit remains obstinately large and whatever the complexion of central government after May’s general election it’s likely that we’ll see councils’ spending power continue to shrink.

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January 9th, 2015

Setting great store by renewable electricity

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by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley

 

Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the UK is legally committed to delivering 15% of its energy demand from renewable energy sources by 2020. Achieving this ambitious target will require a substantial decarbonisation of the energy system and the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap published by DECC set a target for 13GW of installed onshore wind turbines by 2020, 18GW of offshore wind and as much as 20GW of solar PV.

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January 8th, 2015

Three gifts and a package

The Typing Pool

by the Administrator

 

By this stage of January, you’ve probably been wished a happy and prosperous New Year countless times, making somewhat belated good wishes from the team at Isonomia a little surplus to requirements. However, if any of our readers feels in need of a quick top up of good fortune for 2015, an urgent trip to Japan might be in order.

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January 2nd, 2015

Down in the dumps with Delingpole

Landfill habitat sml

by Peter Jones

 

For a couple of years now it has been clear that the Daily Mail, despite being printed on largely recycled newsprint, is no fan of recycling. As regular Isonomia readers will know, on occasion I’ve been able to force it to withdraw some of its more egregious claims.

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December 29th, 2014

Demanding proper treatment: waste protests in India

Mavillipura Tip

by Ranjith Annepu

 

In a historical first for the nation, 2012 saw several public protests against improper solid waste management erupt across India – from the northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir to the southernmost Tamil Nadu. Fighting for the right to a clean environment and environmental justice, protesters staged large-scale demonstrations, including an indefinite hunger strike and road blocks outside local waste handling facilities.

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December 19th, 2014

Waste in a manger: a materials nativity

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by Steve Watson

 

No nativity scene or play is complete without the presence of the Magi bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the new born messiah. Despite their ubiquity in our picture of Christmas, little is told of them in the Bible except that they travelled from the East following a star, and they are traditionally thought of as wise men or kings.

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December 16th, 2014

Taking care of business? The Circular Economy package and “better regulation”

Junckers in Poznan

by Dominic Hogg

 

As readers may be aware, Jean Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, has wasted no time in positioning himself as a new broom. His request that incoming Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, take a fresh look at both the Commission’s circular economy (CE) and clean air (CA) packages seems likely to result in one or both of these important legislative proposals being swept aside in order to usher in a new focus on jobs and growth.

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