Climate Week North East, 16-25th March 2018

Climate Week North East (16 -25 March) is a week of events designed to raise awareness of climate change but, more importantly, show what we can all do to make a difference and reduce our carbon footprint in a fun

Biodegradable coffee cups

The proposed 25p tax on disposable coffee cups will reduce cup use, but not solve the basic problem . Plastic does not degrade if left lying on the ground. Microorganisms in nature cannot digest plastic’s long chain molecules.  They can

Secondary glazing for windows

In our 2007-14 granite house refurbishment, we decided to replace all the windows in the house with double glazed units. Two thirds were sliding sash and case; the remainder pivot windows. Two sash and case windows with coloured glass were

Confused by different recyling rules?

It’s infuriating! Every local council seems to have different rules for what can and can’t be put into your household recycling. Some insist you separate things into different containers – glass, paper, plastic, etc. – whilst others let you throw

Waste recycling kerbside sort is best

In December 2016, WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Plan, a government body, produced their “Harmonised Recycling Collections Costs Project”, for three areas in Wales, an Urban Authority, a Rural Authority and a Valley Authority. This showed that the kerbside

Fukushima- Impacts and Implications

David Elliott, a lifelong advocate of renewables, and OU Emeritus professor of Technology, is scrupulously balanced in his analysis as to whether the Fukushima nuclear accident has impacted on the world’s enthusiasm for nuclear power. In the majority of countries,