Sunday, 20 January 2008

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report Consultation - January 2008

More consultations from Ceredigion County Council - see the documents here and pass your feedback on to the council if you wish, by 4th February 2008.

Many people who care about the environment would generally agree with the points in their Non Technical Summary, but there are some exceptions, and comments worth making.

Labour Supports Bloodsports

Yet more evidence of the Labour Party's hostile policies towards animals.

Although Labour succeeded in pushing through a ban on hunting with dogs, the government is trying to appease bloodsports enthusiasts by its wholehearted support for the production each year of some 40 million pheasants and partridges to be shot for 'sport'.

At its recent Party Conference, Labour vice chair and Reading West MP Martin Salter hosted a reception for pro-shoot lobby group, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Salter was recently made a BASC 'Centenary Patron'. Ministers who gave pro-shoot speeches at the event included the Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe; Rural Affairs Minister, Jonathan Shaw; and Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Tetra Pak

Many dedicated green people have managed to get to the stage where most of their waste is recycled or composted. However they may then find that the bulk of what is left (and therefore goes to a landfill site) is Tetra Pak cartons from fruit juice, soya milk and so on. Many authorities cannot recycle these because of their complex and non-biodegradable components.

Tetra Pak - in a good example of obfuscation - claim that their cartons are simple - and in the very next sentence state that they have seven layers of material, most of them plastics and foil! Likewise the website talks about recycling the cartons, but doesn't explain in what way. Are they actually broken down into constituent components for reuse? If so how much more energy does that use, on top of the energy to create these complex cartons in the first place?