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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September 26th, 2014

Landfill gas: taxable commodity or a potent pollutant?


by Chris Eden


Spanish renewable energy policy has always been a broad brush affair, with a wide range of different technologies lumped into the same basket. Indeed, one area where Spain has been quite successful is a form of energy that some might not even call renewable: biogas, specifically landfill biogas. This gas is essentially a by-product of the process of degradation of organic material, such as food garden or animal waste, which both EU law and environmental ideals would keep well away from landfill.

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August 30th, 2013

Playing chicken with the climate: why environmentalists should go veggie

Bypass Burger

by Francis Vergunst


You’ve heard it from the Greens, you’ve heard it from your friends, you’ve probably even heard it from your grandma… and now you’re hearing it from the government too. What’s the big deal? Do we really need to eat less meat – or none at all? I would argue that becoming vegetarian could be the most effective action you take against climate change. Consider the following.

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March 11th, 2013

Science and the environment: bridging the credibility gap

Eric Hobsbawm

by Ann Ballinger


At the core of my work for Eunomia is a belief in evidence-based decision making. Sometimes the evidence is stronger than others, and there is an element of art in selecting the assumptions that go into even the most rigorous lifecycle analysis or a cost benefit analysis. Taking a dispassionate approach to the evidence remains my aim – but there is no doubt that this has become increasingly difficult in the environmental sector as a whole, leading in extreme cases to some questioning the role of science in society.

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October 19th, 2012

Is the climate changing in the local press?

South Point Wind Farm

By Ben Wilde


Climate change seems to have disappeared from the spotlight. Politicians and the media both are giving the issue far less focus, at a time when the continued public reinforcement of its importance seems crucial.

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June 28th, 2012

Acorns, not oaks

Bin, Scan, Win!

by Peter Jones


I’ve come across two very different eye-catching green ideas in the last couple of weeks, both with the aim of switching young people on to more sustainable living. Their sources couldn’t be more different – two local authorities collaborating to inspire young people to recycle “on the go”, and iconic punk designer Vivienne Westwood promoting sustainable fashion. And while each is doing something exciting and ambitious, I fear that neither is reaching its full potential.

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June 14th, 2012

It’s not all carnival in Rio

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

by Phillip Ward


My memory may be failing, but I seem to recall that the first UN conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in 1992 – which I was lucky to attend – attracted more popular attention than its follow up conference, Rio+20, which is due to start later this month.

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