June 12th, 2015

To EV or not EV: should I buy an electric car?

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by Sophie Crosswell

 

When our ageing Corsa made it clear that it was trundling inexorably towards the car graveyard, my partner and I started to discuss how to replace it. Could we afford to take the plunge in to the emerging electric vehicle (EV) market, and could an EV do what we needed from a car?

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June 5th, 2015

A tale of tree cities

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by Ayesha Bapasola

 

What single measure has a positive impact on soil erosion, biodiversity loss, health and community spirit? The Urban Orchard Project (UOP) claims that all this and more can be achieved through their community-centred model of promoting sustainable green infrastructure, often in the midst of the hubbub of metropolitan life.

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May 29th, 2015

Pickles’ parting shot

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by Joe Papineschi and Gwen Frost

 

I suspect that the departure of Eric Pickles from the role of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will not be widely mourned amongst council officials. His replacement, Greg Clark, had a previous stint as minister of state in the department between 2010 and 2012, and subsequently held the cities brief. While it may be too early to pronounce with confidence that a major change of approach is in the air, Clark is a strong advocate of decentralisation of power, and might reinvigorate the localism agenda that fell by the wayside as Pickles increasingly sought to bend councils to his will.

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May 22nd, 2015

The Bourne legacy: energy efficiency and SMEs

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by Rob Reid

 

With the general election done and dusted, DECC has appointed its ministerial team to lead the energy and climate change agenda over the next Parliamentary term. Amber Rudd heads up the Department as Secretary of State, with Andrea Leadsom and Lord Bourne appointed to the roles of Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State respectively. Amber Rudd’s appointment in particular has been widely viewed as positive for the green economy.

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May 15th, 2015

The exercise of power: how to cut waste crime at landfills

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by Roy Hunt

 

I have been dealing with the Environment Agency for four years now, trying to bring about better regulation of a non-hazardous landfill in East Yorkshire. I have reported numerous concerns about the way the site was being operated, but despite twists and turns, virtually nothing was done for the first three years.

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May 8th, 2015

Expressing irritation: more media complaints

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By Peter Jones

 

It seems that ill-founded negative stories about recycling have become something of a staple for certain sections of England’s press. However, when I read the rubbish written about resources, I have a hard time letting it go, which is turning me into a bit of a serial complainer – not a role I rejoice in, although I hope it’s a useful one. Having previously persuaded the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph to withdraw articles, the latest titles to incur my ire were the Sunday and Daily Express.

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May 6th, 2015

Liberally green: the LibDem manifesto

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by Peter Jones

 

The Liberal Democrats do not appear to be faring well in public opinion compared with five years ago. Perhaps their role in propping up a government with a broadly Conservative agenda has alienated their left-leaning supporters – or perhaps there are just more options available for those who don’t want to vote either Labour or Tory.

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