Under threat from Russia, the EU shows support in a way the USA does not. that does not bode well for Brexit.
Like any divorce, Brexit is a time for finding out who your real friends are. Try clicking on the link below.
The Liberal Democrats in the UK are pushing for a referendum when we know the final version of the Brexit deal. As we have pretensions to be a democracy, that sounds a good idea. By the way, EU support for farming and home production is worth consideration, too.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 25 March 18
On 20th February, BBC 1, Points West, reported on Prince Charles visiting the British Army Rapid Reaction Force in which around half the members are soldiers and other service personnel from other countries. The visitors were about to go home and several were asked what they would miss about Britain. Several answered with quips such as “the British weather”. A lady soldier with good english and good humour said, “I will really miss hearing people say “I can’t be bothered”. We do not have an equivalent expression in Germany”.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 21 February 18
The soil is a great collector or “sink” of Carbon dioxide. Hoiw do we manage this? Could we use CL:AIRE to do it better?
According to the World Resources Institute, “Stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could remove 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually—the same as taking 1.5 billion cars off the road.” Now, World Bank figures on global waste production show that there is somewhere about 1.5 billion tonnes pa of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste). About half of that would be Carbon which, as Carbon dioxide, would be around 1.4 billion tonnes. Industrial waste production globally could easily double that, probably more. If that waste was composted, instead of burned or land-filled, it would not only lock up the Carbon, it could be used to fertilise the tree and crop growth. It would also save wasting at least 21,000 kW hours on producing every one of the 185 million tonnes (FAO figures) of Nitrogen nutrient in the fertilisers we manufacture every year. (Yes, that is 385,000,000,000 kWh – at least!)
Only farmers and foresters have the skills and scale to do these things. Better respect and care for them.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 28 November 17
Cuttings from HDD (through chalk can be used mas agricultural lime, saving many tonne-truck miles.
An “environmental commission-like-body” is needed to replace the role of the European Commission and the European Court of Justice in enforcing environmental law post-Brexit, says Environment Secretary Michael Gove. I have recently sent a few hundred tonnes of excavated chalk to landfill because the circumstances did not fit the current interpretation of the regulations. We really do not need any more regulators. Maybe Brexit is a real opportunity to re-structure the regulation we have got to raise productivity within a framework of environmental care. We could use CL:AIRE. Look it up. Credit to DEFRA.
Bill Butterworth, Land research Ltd, 29 November 17
Look carefully! The cardboard replica of the Houses of Parliament is backed up by an enormous pile of firewood. Moments after this picture was taken, the whole lot went up in fire and smoke.
Put on one side for a moment the shenanigans of MPs in the Palace of Westminster and elsewhere. Frankly, apart from a bad example to our kids, they are largely irrelevant. There is more reason to ask why the productivity of the UK lags so far behind other nations. The mechanics of Westminster, however, the Civil Service, is so hell-bent on not making mistakes that their not-science-based development of more and more regulations stifles innovation and entrepreneurial activity. We have lost the art of safe enabling. It is not the Palace of Westminster we need to burn, it is all the regulations and start again with an objective of enough, and only enough,regulation to innovate and produce – safely.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 5 November 2017
Normally, I restrict the use of this blog to technical matters. However, sometimes there is a wider philosophical issue which I feel strongly about and which affects the development of regulation on technical issues and how we employ labour. This is one such issue, click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b092gkks
Population growth will always result in adjustment. How much and when is predictable.
According to the UK government Office of National Statistics, UK population grew by 538,000 in 2017. That is what we know about. That does not take into account the shift in skills or ethnicity. That makes Brexit an irrelevant diversion.
The Lilliputian antics of our elected politicians and the incompetence of the Civil Service in controlling the population growth will have fundamental and possibly catastrophic effects on everything from housing to Health Service, from skills supply to Welfare Services. In my own field, the possible contribution of recycling wastes to farmed land will, inevitably, get buried in a sea of regulation.
Where is the leadership? Read chapter 1 at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reversing-Global-Warming-Profit-environmentally/dp/1904312810 and write to your MP asking for meaningful, urgent action.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 5 July 2017