July 4th, 2014

Putting the house in order: trends in sustainable housing

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by Farinoosh Asayesh

 

Across the globe, population growth, economic development, urbanisation and migration have led to a large scale proliferation in construction. According to UN Habitat, we are experiencing a worldwide migration of populations from rural areas to cities and smaller urban areas. Moreover, this trend is likely to continue, with cities across both developed and developing nations expected to be the subject of further population growth in the future. As a result, all forms of construction activities are expected to become more intense than ever in order to accommodate this trend in the years to come.

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July 2nd, 2014

WEEE, sea and football

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by the Administrator

 

With the days at their longest and the elder all in flower along the hazy hedgerows of the Land of Blog, we’ve been feeling the festive spirit of summer this June. Of course, the Isonomia team chose not to celebrate the Solstice with fiery ritual – we’ve environmental concerns about even the most celebratory forms of backyard burning. Instead we held a virtual well-dressing ceremony to honour the deep wellspring of creativity that furnishes us with fresh and limpid articles season after season. If, however, you’ve spent the last month debauching with druids instead of drinking deep draughts from the waters of Isonomia, what have you missed?

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July 1st, 2014

Manifesto destiny: waste policy in the 2015 election

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by Rob Gillies

 

A few weeks ago I was asked by MRW if I would provide some comments on what waste-related policies we might expect to see in the manifestos of the major political parties as we move towards the 2015 general election. This is what I wrote:

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June 27th, 2014

The heat of the moment: is it time to fit a heat pump?

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by Rob Reid

 

I am currently spending considerable time, effort and funds renovating my garden. While digging trenches, laying concrete and getting back ache in the process, I am seriously considering whether I can extract a bit of extra value from my soon to be dug up lawn by using it to satisfy my home’s heating needs. With the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and a recent Eunomia study published by DECC showing that impacts of refrigerant leakage from heat pumps is small, the timing seems right to consider this method of heating.

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June 20th, 2014

Ships that pass on the blight: the problem of shipping litter

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by Clare Pitts-Tucker

 

You know that you are properly immersed in the world of resource management when you start to see a waste aspect in the most unlikely stories. As I followed the news about the recent, tragic and mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, one aspect that resonated with me was how in the course of the search following the disaster, a succession of items floating in the sea were identified as possible wreckage, but later confirmed to be simply pieces of marine litter. Whilst it was large pieces of debris that complicated the search, marine debris of all sizes causes problems for users of marine resources.

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June 13th, 2014

Football’s footprint: waste at the World Cup

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by Peter Jones

 

It’s possible that you’ve heard that there’s a bit of a football tournament taking place in Brazil. The hosts kicked off proceedings with a 3-1 win against Croatia last night. Any major sports event that brings tens of thousands of people from around the world together to watch a highly charged event in hot temperatures means the consumption of a large amount of pre-packaged food and drink. By now the soft drink cans and fast food wrappers (no alcohol allowed inside the stadium!) will have been swept up from São Paolo’s Corinthians stadium: but how much will be recycled?

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June 6th, 2014

WEEEfore art thou waste?

Fireworks and Phones

by Thomas Vergunst

 

A couple of New Year’s Eves ago I was in London, welcoming in 2013 with the city’s famous fireworks display. No doubt about it, the fireworks were impressive – what’s not impressive about burning £2 million on an event that only lasts a few minutes? – but I was more taken aback by the fact that almost every person present was watching the event through their phones: a mediated reality to try to capture the moment for eternity.

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