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The UK has recently been experiencing the type of prolonged hot spell that hasn’t been seen since the summer of 1976.  In that year the government of the day introduced a Drought Act and even appointed a Minister for Drought, Denis Howell, whose job was to encourage the public to use less water. While a very wet (and cold) Spring and Winters saved us from serious water shortages, 1976 was

UK faces plastic recycling problem as China bans waste imports

UK faces major problems with plastic recycling as China has just introduced a ban on the import of plastic waste. The ban came with little warning, which means that the UK will have to find alternative solutions for dealing with up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic that it ships to China for recycling every year. At the moment the UK cannot deal with much of that waste, says the UK

Pollution in developing nations

A landmark report in The Lancet has found that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths (Lancet report on pollution and death) We have long known that air pollution, for example, can cause premature death with the figure of 40 000 in the UK alone (Source: Royal College of Physicians Every breath we take –

Hurrican Harvey

At the time of writing (September 2017) US city Houston is struggling to cope with unprecedented flooding and damage from wind that has displaced many 1000s from their home, killed and injured people and damaged property. The facts are startling: Since Aug. 25, Harvey has flooded the Houston area with almost 52 inches of rain, a single-storm record for the contiguous U.S. So far, close to 94,000 homes have been damaged or

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

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

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