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  • Blog Post: Greenest Government Ever? Here's Caroline Spelman's view...

    Saturday 14 May is the anniversary of when David Cameron visited the Department for Energy and Climate Change and said "I don't want to hear warm words on the environment, I want real action. I want this to be the Greenest Government Ever". People wll have their own opinion about whether...
  • Blog Post: In praise of Defra

    I know it is not necessarily fashionable to heap praise on a government department, let alone Defra. But as I listened to a debate yesterday at the Policy Exchange at which both the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman MP, and Biodiversity Minister, Richard Benyon MP, spoke, I felt optimistic. Despite...
  • Blog Post: Recovering my breath

    The UK National Ecosystem Assessment is not going to disappoint. I promise you. But you'll have to wait a little longer - 'til the launch on Thursday 2 June - to get the full picture. Bob Watson - Defra's Chief Scientist - posed a fascinatig question today. Can you think of any major enviromental...
  • Blog Post: How to avoid nature conservation 'kerplunk'

    The natural environment took two big hits yesterday: Defra fared particularly badly in the spending review and we also received final confirmation that European politicians had failed to green the Common Agriculture Policy. First, the Spending Review : with a 10 percent cut, DEFRA was once again amongst...
  • Blog Post: It's offsetting time again

    In an interview with The Times this weekend, the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, revealed his interest in establishing a scheme to offer planners the power to “offset” large infrastructure projects that harm wildlife populations. This is by no means a new idea, but is obviously attractive...