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Martin Livermore
 No longer fantastic plastic?

No longer fantastic plastic?

IN TODAY’S WORLD of blacks and whites, plastic waste is becoming a major target both of environmentalists and policymakers, and the benefits are being forgotten. This is an unfortunate trend, but typical of the highly ...

Tony Trewavas
Improving quality of life should be our guiding policy principle

Improving quality of life should be our guiding policy principle

THE PRIORITY of government climate policy is simply emissions reduction; it should instead be improving the quality of human life.

There is enormous momentum  behind  present climate policy because of the political ...

Martin Livermore
How and why our environmental priorities are shifting

How and why our environmental priorities are shifting

EARLY CIVILIZATIONS evolved after the development of arable farming about 10,000 years ago. This enabled settled communities to grow and some people to specialise in skills other than hunting and foraging. Life was still unbelievably ...

Martin Livermore
The perils of pessimism – and optimism

The perils of pessimism – and optimism

BEING of a naturally optimistic disposition, I’ve often thought that the environmentalist movement has a deep streak of pessimism running through it. At the extreme, the world view is one of our species – and ...

Ewen Stewart
Productivity? Is there something wrong with the math?

Productivity? Is there something wrong with the math?

IT IS FASHIONABLE to suggest UK productivity is weak. At the Budget the OBR cut GDP forecasts materially, largely blaming a cut in forecast productivity growth as the culprit. The OECD too has jumped onto ...

Martin Livermore
Putting 2017 in perspective

Putting 2017 in perspective

ANOTHER YEAR has nearly finished. For the EU, the combined tensions of Brexit, Catalonian nationalism and a much-weakened Chancellor Merkel seem to be doing little to disrupt normal life. On the other hand, the underlying ...

Miles Saltiel
Behind the detail of Clause 49

Behind the detail of Clause 49

 I’M SORRY, but this blog is for the nerds, as it goes through Clause 49 with a fine toothcomb. Its purpose is to explore the extent to which Theresa May has yielded on “regulatory alignment”. ...

Martin Livermore
 Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

THE HUMAN CAPACITY for self-criticism is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, we can recognise that we have caused harm and do something about it, but on the other hand this tendency can ...

Miles Saltiel
Forms of words – that’s all it really is

Forms of words – that’s all it really is

SO HERE WE ARE, with a breakthrough slightly over half way through the eight weeks which we called as the most testing period of Brexit negotiations. Can’t we agree that we’re seeing as much hyperbole ...

Martin Livermore
Forecasting versus reality: we should never forget a forecast is not a fact

Forecasting versus reality: we should never forget a forecast is not a fact

AS THEY SAY, forecasting is very difficult, particularly about the future. Hackneyed as this may be, it nicely encapsulates the need to take what anyone – however expert – says about the future with a ...

Martin Livermore
Are electric vehicles really the future?

Are electric vehicles really the future?

ELECTRIC CARS are now a daily sight on our streets, what were previously token charging points in public places are often in use, and people are now beginning to think of the implications of the ...

Brian Monteith
Avoidance and evasion is like chalk and cheese

Avoidance and evasion is like chalk and cheese

OTHER THAN DEATH ITSELF, there are few things as nauseous as the stench of hypocrisy when politicians talk about tax evasion.

I shall choose my words carefully, for it is clear that ...