Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo-AEA on 30 October 2013Harbin was closed down last week because of high levels of air pollution – or “choking smog” according to Reuters.
Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo-AEA on 15 October 2013If you wanted to come up with a way to undermine a burgeoning industry, you couldn’t do much better than the term “fracking”. In the voice of a mining engineer, it can sound as if the shale gas industry is intent on riding roughshod over community worries and concerns. Meanwhile, on protestors’ placards, a well-placed “frack” lends itself to sound-bites and images on TV bulletins and newspapers worldwide.
Posted by Scott Hamilton on 21 August 2013Mark Broomfield and I (from Ricardo-AEA’s Air and Environmental Quality team) were recently called upon to contribute to a public inquiry into a proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Perth. Perth & Kinross Council is a long standing client of Ricardo-AEA and in the autumn of 2012 the Council came to us to seek expert witness support on this contentious planning case which was heading to a public inquiry.
Posted by Jeremy Wiltshire, Principal Consultant on 16 August 2013*It has been estimated that the increase in crop yields from the use of Nitrogen (N) in fertilisers currently provides food for half the world’s population.*
Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 7 June 2013I was very pleased to be invited to present a talk on ‘Energy from waste and its environmental impacts-reaching a conclusion without sitting on the fence’ at the CIWM Eastern & Southern Region on 31 May 2013.
Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 7 December 2012This week, George Osborne announced the setting up of a new “Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil.” Together with the plans for tax incentives for development of the UK’s shale gas resources, this sends a strong signal regarding the current temporary ban - and that the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the UK will soon be permitted to resume.
Posted by Geoff Dollard, Practice Director: Air & Environmental Quality on 24 October 2012This week the BBC finally drew a veil over Ceefax, the world's first teletext service. The shutdown was timed to coincide with the completion of the UK's digital switchover, with Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters turning off the last analogue TV signal at 23.30 BST on Tuesday (23 October). A series of graphics on Ceefax's front page marked its 38 years on the BBC.
Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 6 July 2012King's Lynn I was privileged to participate in the biggest decision faced by Norfolk County Council’s Planning (Regulatory) Committee for 20 years. At stake was a decision as to whether to grant planning permission for a new waste incinerator at King’s Lynn. The irony of this decision being taken by a local authority 50 miles away in Norwich was not lost on those present.
Posted by Paul Willis, Senior Consultant on 28 June 2012British air under scrutiny at Olympics
Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 17 April 2012Hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – is currently on hold in the UK. That’s because hydraulic fracturing carried out at a site near Blackpool last year coincided with some minor earth tremors recorded by the British Geological Survey. Coincidence? The operator of the site commissioned a study to investigate the earth tremors, and found that it was no coincidence – or as the report authors said, “most likely, the repeated seismicity was induced by direct injection of fluid into the same fault zone.”