Cherry blossoms: a stark environmental warning

April 8, 2014 Mae News

Japan recently started observing the ancient cultural tradition of hamani (flower viewing). This annual tradition involves many observing and enjoying the blooming of the cherry blossom across Japan. Cherry blossom blooms in between March and May, at different times in different areas of Japan according to the climatic conditions (slightly cooler conditions are needed for [...]

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May Elections: let the environment have a voice

March 18, 2014 Mae Environmental Laws

Many local councils and authorities across the country face elections this coming May. In preparation, the three main parties have already began campaigning, and laying the groundwork for attempts to take control of councils, or to remain in control of local councils. These elections are seen by commentators and political parties alike as a dry [...]

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New UK lobbying bill a concern for environmental lobbyists

February 18, 2014 Mae News

Acts of Parliament are drafted in such a way that their meaning and intent is clear. Despite that, lawyers and judges regularly read different or nuanced interpretations or meanings into the most obvious Bills. For a Bill, however, that is not overly that clear, the consequences can be serious, and often contrary to the desired [...]

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The environment and personal injury claims

January 17, 2014 Mae People

Tsunamis can bring with them immediate destruction, and also long term consequences, as the Philippines are finding out. Three years after a tsunami ripped through the Japanese coastline,  the effects remain. The geological consequences of the tsunami, along with human error and other factors,  led to the meltdown at the Fukishima nuclear  power plant. The [...]

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‘Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?’

December 18, 2013 Mae NewsPeople

Santa Claus had better take care this Christmas. As he sets out from his North Pole lair to deliver presents, he had better watch out; the Arctic is slowly becoming a battleground. The major players are Canada and Russia. On the Canadian side of the Arctic, they feel strongly that that have a right to [...]

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Arctic Sunrise: how an environmental protest got an icy reception from both sides

November 5, 2013 Mae NewsPeople

 Environmental activism is a force that that cannot be stopped, whatever the weather or remote area of the world. A demonstration of this was in the middle of September, when 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists from the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker attempted to climb Russia’s first offshore oil rig in the Arctic in protests about [...]

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Listening to the (environmental) voices

October 18, 2013 Mae Environmental LawsNews

Several nations have one- most famously Japan. It has a proven record of safety and efficiency- if done right. As regards the economic gain over the expense in such a massive infrastructure project- it is very much a long term project, where the benefits will often take decades to be seen. Undoutably useful and utilised [...]

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Fracking; the environment v energy security

September 21, 2013 Mae Environmental LawsNewsUncategorized

Recent science and geological surveys have found that potentially billions of cubic feet of shale gas are lying in unexploited and previously unexplored deposits in mainland Britain. Geologists predict that there is a vast amount of shale gas lying under the northern Yorkshire moors, and smaller amounts scattered in the Sussex/Surrey area. The only problem [...]

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Deepwater Horizon : three years on

August 19, 2013 Mae Climate

It was in April 2010 that the Deepwater Horizon deep drilling rig, owned by BP and operated by Haliburton and Transocean, exploded. Gas under pressure expanded and exploded, setting off a series of fires and explosions that ultimately destroyed the oil rig, killing eleven, wounding many others – and sending an estimated 4.9 million barrels [...]

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Asbestos & the Environment

July 20, 2013 admin Environmental LawsHealth Laws

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For many decades, asbestos has been a building material highly valued and widely used in industry. Its strong, malleable fibres, ability to withstand heat, and durability meant that it had widespread industrial use. It was only relatively recently that more sinister applications of asbestos were discovered. It has been proved that asbestos is actually highly [...]

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