Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield on 21 December 2015New shale gas licenses, the end of COP21 and the closure of the UK's last deep coal mine - Mark Broomfield reviews a busy end of the year and picks out a few key stories you might have missed
Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield on 21 July 2015Do incinerators cause air pollution? The short answer is, yes but not very much. Lots of activities cause a bit of air pollution – topical examples which leap to mind at this time of year include mowing the lawn, going on holiday and running a freezer to keep ice creams in. But what about pollution from waste incinerators?
Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield on 29 June 2015Lancashire County Council has decided to refuse permission for shale gas exploration at two sites near Blackpool.
Posted by Paul Willis on 17 September 2014A period of settled warm weather with easterly continental air is forecast throughout September. After a mainly wet and unsettled August is it too late in the year to be worried about ozone pollution? Why should we be concerned about this pollutant and how does it form? Here are a few facts which may help.
Posted by Paul Willis on 11 September 2014Many of you will have been following with interest the updates on the seismic events and volcanic activity taking place around Bárðarbunga in Iceland.
Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield and Dr Nigel Gibson on 10 September 2014Expanding a poultry enterprise usually means either extending sheds or, more often, building new units – either way, increasing the environmental footprint of a farm. Proving the local environment won’t be adversely affected is intrinsically linked to the process of gaining planning approval and an environmental permit.
Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 28 July 2014\"\"[[sitetree_link id=1832]#markbroomfield]The UK government is launching the 14th Onshore (Landward) Oil and Gas Licensing Round today (28 July 2014). During the round interested parties can bid for licenses that grant the right to apply for permission to carry out drilling for oil and gas on specific parcels of land.
Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 8 May 2014I’m very pleased to see new guidance published by DECC on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of shale gas operations. The guidance is available on the DECC website here.[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-the-preparation-of-an-environmental-risk-assessment-of-shale-gas-operations-in-great-britain-involving-the-use-of-hydraulic-fracturing]
Posted by Geoff Dollard, Practice Director: Air & Environmental Quality on 6 May 2014Just recently under the auspices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in collaboration with the US Environment Defence Fund, I was invited to an air pollution prevention workshop in Beijing. The workshop formed part of eight days of intensive training for city mayors within the Beijing area.
Posted by Paul Willis, Knowledge Leader for Air Quality on 17 April 2014After months of rain and flooding in the United Kingdom, and the recent high air pollution warnings, surely we can all now finally get outside in safety and enjoy the long awaited pleasant weather?