From the macro to the micro: analysis from the IES

Peter Sanderson
April, 2014

I work for a local authority and have spent several years encouraging reluctant residents to recycle. More recently I have been working with the Environment Protection team within the council to help local industries avoid releasing dust and chemical pollutants into the air. However, at heart I...

Mark Everard
April, 2014

George Monbiot’s recent attack on biodiversity offsetting misses the point of the scheme and undermines the work of the scientists who developed it.  It is not the principle of...

Paulina Poplawski-Stephens
February, 2014

environmental SCIENTIST | The Energy Trilemma | February 2013

In 1997, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Kyoto Protocol, the international act binding nations around the world to reducing carbon...

Emma Fenton
Discussion paper
January, 2014

The debate around fracking has intensified in recent months, with campaigners and local communties intrenched in seemingly intractible positions against the Government and fracking industry.  In an attempt to summarise the debate around the environmental effects of fracking the IES has produced...

Jim Keyte
December, 2013

environmental SCIENTIST | Reading the landscape: heritage and the environment | December 2013

When one mentions archaeology to a non-archaeologist, the discussion will invariably move rapidly to Time Team, and “that chap with the long hair”. That is archaeology for most ...

Sharon Holloway; Vicky Midgley
November, 2013

environmental SCIENTIST | UK regulation: endless paperwork or essential protection | November 2013

In July 2012, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) initiated the Smarter Environmental Regulation Review (SERR) to take a cross-...


Getting to the heart of an issue

On these pages our authors, graphic designers and scientists provide in depth analysis of news stories, topical issues and emerging science.

A wide range of analysis will appear on this page, but two of our main themes for 2014 will be:

  • Energy; and
  • Uncertainty and wicked problems in the environmental sciences.

If you feel you can contribute to these themes, please get in touch.

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Minerals are everywhere and impact on our environment in a host of complex and sometimes...