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Jun 27, 2017

Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs.

Which is awesome because Theresa May has basically taken the most hated politician in England, after herself, the guy she fired because he was screwing up the position of Education Secretary, the guy who for some reason thought he had a shot at leading the Conservative Party, running against May and stabbing bumbling Boris in the back at the same time, and rewarded him for his incompetence and pro-business stance, by appointing him back to the cabinet. 

Being pro-business in itself is of course not bad thing, but when that pro-business stance is to the extreme side of prioritising business interests to the point of being anti-environment, and then you put that man in the position of Environment Secretary, you wonder what on earth is going on here....

Jun 20, 2017

I am joined again by my wife Iv, so you don’t have to listen to my monotonous tones constantly.

It turns out Climate change isn’t just causing the glaciers to melt and driving 200 species to extinction every day, it’s also a threat to international security.

According to Major General Munir Muniruzzaman who is the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change, climate change could spark major wars “completely destabilising” the world and forcing millions of people to become refugees.

In addition to that report from GMACCC, the Center for Climate and Security has published a report titled “Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene.”

The report identifies 12 "epicenters," or categories, where climate change could trigger major global conflict. Any one of these 12 issues could cause significant disruption, but taken together these epicenters can present a serious threat to international security.

Non-state actors are already weaponising water to control local populations, either through diverting scarce water sources or as the Islamic State group did when it seized the Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened to destroy it, they gained leverage to devastate downstream population centers.

Egypt has already threatened Ethiopia with air strikes over damming the Nile River. I believe it was the Obama Administration that referred to Climate Change as being a ‘threat multiplier’. And The Center for Climate and Security report stresses why mitigating climate change should be the highest priority for governments and institutions around the world. 

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Jun 16, 2017

Luke & Steven discuss some potential impacts of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union, specifically with regard to managing environmental issues across the UK.

There's no denying that the majority of current UK environmental law has come down from the European Union (EU).  The EU has introduced policies and laws dealing with all sorts of wide reaching issues, the UK Environmental Law Association gives the examples of industrial and agricultural pollution, waste, water quality, air quality, nature conservation, environmental damage and climate change.  

Luke and Steven cover aspects such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Common Fisheries Policy, and the Paris Agreement.

What do you think? Will Brexit be a good thing for the English Countryside? Join the Environmental Professionals Postulating Facebook the group, check the website at www.epppodcast.com, and don't forget to subscribe and review. All 5 star reviews will be read out on the show - WOW!

Jun 3, 2017

I had to upload a response to Trumps announcement. Like many environmentalists all over the world, I woke up on Friday morning with a BBC News alert on my phone, informing me of the inevitable decision by President Trump that he is withdrawing the US of A from the Paris Climate Accord.

The United States of America has just joined the other non-Paris signatories, the forward thinking nations of Syria and Nicaragua.

But why is no one asking "will America leaving the Paris agreement be a good thing"?

The truth is the Paris Agreement is just that. A non-binding agreement, in that spirit I look back and asses what the Kyoto Protocol actually achieved, and remind listeners that  realistically, America didn’t have a chance in hell of meeting their Paris target of reducing co2 emissions 26% by 2025.

Perhaps now we have an even greater possibility of global climate action than if the USA stayed in Paris.

Other countries such as the EU and China may accelerate their actions. As Luke and I discussed, other countries could now be legally free under WTO rules to implement more forceful mechanisms such as a carbon tax on US imports.

Why should we, the majority of the global community, drag ourselves down to Trumps level?

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Mar 31, 2017

How will the Trump Presidency effect local, national and global Environmental Policy? Climate Change? Local level clean up operations? Legal enforcement? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The Paris Agreement? ....

Get answers to those questions by joining Steven and Luke who discuss what the new President of the United States has done so far with his Executive Orders, what he's planning to do and other issues for Environmental Management that have been raised as a result of the 2016 Presidential Election.

In part two we look at whether the Trump Administration will actually have that great an impact, are things as bad as they seem when placed in the context of the potential Clinton Presidency?

Leave your comments and view a computer generated transcript of this episode at www.epppodcast.com 

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Mar 24, 2017

How will the Trump Presidency effect local, national and global Environmental Policy? Climate Change? Local level clean up operations? Legal enforcement? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? The Paris Agreement? ....

Get answers to those questions by joining Steven and Luke who discuss what the new President of the United States has done so far with his Executive Orders, what he's planning to do and other issues for Environmental Management that have been raised as a result of the 2016 Presidential Election.

In part two we look at whether the Trump Administration will actually have that great an impact, are things as bad as they seem when placed in the context of the potential Clinton Presidency?

Leave your comments and view a computer generated transcript of this episode at www.epppodcast.com 

Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review - all 5* reviews will be read out on the show!

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