Environment

Empty Climate Summit

Empty Climate Summit

The United Nations New York climate summit on Sept 23rd will be without key players next week, although it will be attended by about 120 other heads of states and government. Not attending will be Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper , Angela Merkel President of Germany, and David Cameron […]

September 18, 2014 · Environment
Green Tax Costs Households £1,629 Each in 2013

Green Tax Costs Households £1,629 Each in 2013

More than £500 million of the increase in the green taxes last year was due to rising renewable energy levies to subsidise the construction of wind and solar farms and other green technologies. Telegraph The total which we pay to keep the consequences of the Climate Change Act fuelled with green tax and levies on our bills keeps rising, In […]

July 17, 2014 · Environment
New £200 household ‘smart’ meters – may not work

New £200 household ‘smart’ meters – may not work

The government in its desperation to put on a public show that it is doing something about rising electricity costs, and to head off a potentially disastrous energy shortfall in the coming years, has introduced a ‘smart’ metering system. Such meters can give online readings of consumption and inform the homeowner of areas where they might make energy efficiencies. Except […]

July 8, 2014 · Environment
Of Plastic Bags and LibDems

Of Plastic Bags and LibDems

The least important of the low importance and safe topics from this years Queen’s Speech was the bill to tax supermarket plastic bags. Yes, that’s right, a bill to make plastic bag users pay a 5p impost per bag, where they have previously and unremarkably had the convenience of loading their groceries into the bags untaxed. The reasoning behind the […]

June 5, 2014 · Environment
Hacheston and Tattingstone Saved from Solar

Hacheston and Tattingstone Saved from Solar

Within a week of each other two appeals against the refusal to allow industrial solar installations in Suffolk have been rejected. At Hacheston, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, dismissed the appeal and refused planning permission. The 56 page appeal report stated: “The proposed development is the wrong scheme in the wrong location. The evidence […]

June 3, 2014 · Environment, Local
Solar Farm Subsidies to be Scrapped

Solar Farm Subsidies to be Scrapped

This news will no doubt come as a relief to those who are under threat of having solar ‘farms’ installed in their locality, which together with the attendant pylons and substations, are an objectionable intrusion on otherwise unspoiled landscapes. Recently Babergh council rejected plans for a solar plant at Newton. The Telegraph reveals: The decision follows an admission by ministers […]

May 13, 2014 · Environment
A Better Kind of Renewables

A Better Kind of Renewables

Before any proposed government legislation can become approved, there are a number of stages and checkpoints designed to ensure that all relevant factors have been considered. This is to protect the nation against poor quality or erroneous decisions adversely affecting the interests of the electorate, and at least to gather valid criticisms of that legislation. The Climate Change Act of […]

April 26, 2014 · Environment
Met Office Accuracy of Forecasts

Met Office Accuracy of Forecasts

The UK Met Office has become well-known as a purveyor of less than accurate longer term forecasts. The prediction that “snow will become a rare and unusual event” made at the start of this century has been shown to be demonstrably wrong with a run of four very cold and snowy winters. Fortunately this winter 2013-14 has been mild, but […]

February 22, 2014 · Environment