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Monthly Archives: November 2015
Thanks to the 160 people who took part in my poll about natural capital last week. THe results are: 60% of voters agreed that natural capital is one of a number of approaches to take, and believe that a natural … Continue reading
The big news is that the date for the Rampisham Down Public Inquiry has been set for 13th September 2016. This is quite a long time away and should give all parties enough time to marshal their evidence and arguments. … Continue reading
OK so I’ve had a bit of a rant on things like Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services this week; Now it’s your turn. I know quite a few people in the conservation/environment sector read this blog, so I’m going to … Continue reading
This post isn’t about how our perceptions of environmental change get reset with each generation. It’s about Defra’s budget. Today’s spending Review saw Chancellor Osborne perform some typical numerical tricks, as he sought to position himself nearer to the centre … Continue reading
Ecosystem Services – the idea that we benefit from goods and services provided for free by nature. To be frank, the phrase is ugly. It’s ugly language to use to describe so much beauty – Nature; the bringer of joy, … Continue reading
“What’s the economic value of woodlands in the UK? Hmm? Come on, I haven’t got all day. Yes, you at the back there – £720 Billion you say? That sounds like a made up figure.” An imagined conversation perhaps, but … Continue reading
As today’s opening of The World Forum on Natural Capital runs into a spot of bother over the antics of some of the Corporations who are promoting it, last week saw a scintillating debate about Natural Capital, between two crusty … Continue reading
With a conference to review the effectiveness of the EU Nature Directives (Birds and Habitats) – the Fitness Check process, taking place in Brussels tomorrow, I’m thrilled to publish a timely guest blog from Ian Hepburn. Ian has had a … Continue reading
“SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit … Continue reading