From the macro to the micro: analysis from the IES

Robert Ashcroft
Discussion paper
February 2015
In the last of our series of factsheets on energy generation technologies we look at solar photovoltaics (PV).
Although there are some exceptions, solar energy generation is fairly uncontroversial in the UK. Nevertheless, despite the widely recognised need to increase the proportion of renewables...
Robert Ashcroft
Infographic
January 2015
Since 1997 all local authorities have been carrying out reviews and assessments of air quality. If this monitoring highlights areas where the national air quality objectives are unlikely to be met, under the Environment Act 1995 they are required to designate an Air Quality Management...
Robert Ashcroft
Blog
January 2015
After several weeks of waiting and delay, the much anticipated Government Science and Innovation strategy statement was finally released on the 17th December.  A collaborative effort between Greg Clark (Minister for Universities, Science and Cities), Vince Cable (Business, Innovation and...
Mark Everard
Article
December 2014
environmental SCIENTIST | The UK NEA: What now? | December 2014
The stated intentions and aims of both the 2011 UK National Ecosystems Assessment (UK NEA)1 and the 2014 UK National Ecosystems Assessment Follow-on (UK NEAFO)1 included awareness-raising and knowledge...
Robert Ashcroft
Blog
December 2014
Over the past few years, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been keen to highlight investment in science as a “personal priority” (as reiterated in his Autumn Statement speech).  With the publication of the 2014 Autumn Statement, this blog analyses what these changes mean for the...
Richard Broadbent
Video
December 2014
In a fascinating webinar, Richard Broadbent of Natural England, discussed the idea of the scientific method and how the resultant concepts of scientific confidence and uncertainity influenced the legal concept of the Precautionary Principle upon which EU environmental policy is based. Other...

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Getting to the heart of an issue

On these pages our authors, graphic designers and scientists provide in depth analysis of news stories, topical issues and emerging science.

A wide range of analysis will appear on this page, but two of our main themes for 2014 will be:

  • Energy; and
  • Uncertainty and wicked problems in the environmental sciences.

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