An Introduction to domestic Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels

This paper aims to provide an introduction to the main issues around PV to help consumers make an informed decision about PV for domestic use. The fact sheet raises questions around energy payback times, rare and dangerous materials, and costs. Read the fact sheet here (pdf – 317kB) >>

The impact of animal farming on people and planet

The World Bank estimates demand for meat and dairy products will grow by 85 per cent by 2030. This demand comes predominantly from the industrialised, developed world. Meat and dairy production can have severe consequences for climate change and resource depletion. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in their report Livestock’s Long Shadow have estimated […]

General Introduction to Fact Sheets

The fact sheets (or briefing papers) on ethical dilemmas which QCEA has been producing during the course of 2009/10 attempt to take a common sense approach to some of the questions facing people who want to do the right thing for the environment, for climate change, but who are confused by the conflicting messages out […]

Car scrapping – sense and nonsense of a popular sceme

In September 2009 the British government decided to extend the funds of the car scrappage bonus to an additional 100,000 vehicles with the aim of mitigating the impacts of the financial crisis on the struggling car industry and to prevent possible lay-offs. This initiative rewards people who want to scrap their old car with a certain financial […]

Consultation response: the European Citizen’s Initiative

The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European citizens’ initiative, which enables one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States to call directly on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU […]

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