Euro 2012 – the political and environmental lessons so far

Sixteen countries started the Euro 2012 journey and now their number has been reduced to eight. Three of these 16 countries were non-EU countries and all have exited the competition. Eight of the original countries use the Euro as their currency (France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) whereas eight do not (Croatia,…

Wuthering Moors 19 – what is Defra hiding?

If you track back to 2 April on this blog you will find that I made Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulation requests to Defra and Natural England. Defra failed to respond to those requests until sending me a letter dated 4 May saying that they needed another 20 working days to respond. …

Going cuckoo – or gone cuckoo?

We are within days of the summer solstice and I haven’t had my spring yet!  There’s plenty of time for there to be a baking hot summer but I am not necessarily expecting it.  And it’s turning out to be a funny old spring/summer. For a start, England have played two games of football and…

Road to Rio+20 and road to Euro 2012

Over the last few weeks, and into next week, I have been a guest blogger on the RSPB website; blogging about the Rio+20 conference from a variety of perspectives.  And yesterday, the RSPB got a much more eminent guest blogger to chip in – Deputy PM Nick Clegg who is going to the Rio conference. …