2016

Ingredients lists with polyethylene microbeads

You’ll find microbeads in toothpaste, cosmetic creams and cleaning products, but also sadly in the guts of sea life and polluting the oceans. That’s why the UK government has just announced plans to ban microbeads used in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017. What are microbeads and why are they damaging Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic in products such as facial scrubs, toothpaste and makeup. Some are visible

landfill

Most people want to recycle. Whatever hue of green you may be, however sceptical or in denial, the principle of reusing, reducing and recycling household waste is something most right thinking can get behind. Unfortunately contamination rates rising by 84 per cent over the last four years has led to councils rejecting 338,000 tonnes of waste last year. This recyclable waste represents material lost to the system and needs extra

energy monitoring

Knowing the running costs of your electrical appliances is one of the first steps in making your home energy efficient. The bill payer may end up annoying everyone by going round the house turning things off. However knowing how much power your appliances are using and the typical costs helps you prioritise where you can save and what to invest for in the future. There are many different options available:

Nuclear reactor

The decision no one was expecting was that the project being parked until Autumn 2016 pending a further Government review. Greg Clark, the business, energy and industrial strategy secretary, said: “The UK needs a reliable and secure energy supply and the government believes that nuclear energy is an important part of the mix. “The government will now consider carefully all the component parts of this project and make its decision

UK government axes the Climate Change department

The government has axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) in a major shake-up. The brief will be folded into an expanded Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Greg Clark. In his statement, Mr Clark appeared keen to calm concerns about the priority given to tackling global warming. He said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a

Solar powerbanks a buyer's guide

A powerbank is a portable device that can charge your phones, cameras or laptops without mains electricity. We are often out and about and increasingly reliant on our devices so anything that can keep them powered up when they are low on power is a must. Most powerbanks are charged using conventional sources: plug them into the mains or the USB port of your PC or laptop and you have

Fossil fuel still subsidies up to 4 times renewable energy

A frequent criticism of renewable energy is the amount of Government subsidy it attracts. Hard-earned tax-payers money is used to fund Feed-in-Tariffs for solar panels, pay land-owners for Wind energy and other forms of renewable energy infrastructure. Isn’t it terrible shout the sceptics, by now, renewable energy should be self-funding and succeed or fail by the strict rules of the free market. In practice energy is too crucial to modern

Gobal investment in renewables

While we in the UK are struggling with the economics of buying French state owned nuclear technology run by Chinese state owned contractors, the rest of the word is seeing huge growth in renewables with record worldwide investment and implementation of clean energy such as wind, solar and hydropower in 2015. Some 147 Gigawatts of renewable electricity came online in 2015 – the largest annual increase ever and as much

Fracking

This week North Yorkshire County Council voted 7-4 in favour of Third Energy’s application to extract shale gas by fracking at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. It’s been five years since the last fracking project was halted due to earth tremors and you get the impression that the Government is champing at the bit to approve projects ever since. The decision was controversial with 4,300 objections

Where does my household waste go

No matter what your political persuasion, most of us get the benefits of recycling: reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill and putting valuable resources back into the world to be reused saving further energy and resources. Where the author lives in Warwickshire in the UK, we have three separate bins for household waste: A black bin for non-recylable waste. A blue top bin for anything recyclable such