Articles tagged with: Environment
By Simon Hetherington
If you type the word “seismologist” or “earthquake” into any decent search engine, you will get, as you would expect, a mass of hits on science-based websites. This week, you will also get a good number on legally-focussed sites. Almost as much as the scientific community, the legal community is shocked by the jailing of Italian scientists this week, for their failure correctly to predict an earthquake which killed about 300 people. (In point of fact, the Italian system allows for two appeals before sentence is implemented, so …
By Stephen Hockman
The government’s attempt to move forward the date for a reduction in subsidies for households with solar panel installations is concerning, both in legal terms and for the future of renewable energy. The Court of Appeal’s judgment on 25 January 2012 reassuringly blocked the government’s endeavours, but with the intention of the government to appeal to the Supreme Court, the legal battle continues.
The most concerning factors relevant to this appeal are its lawfulness and the lasting effects a successful outcome for the government would have had, and may …
By Stephen Hockman
The Government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill has now reached the House of Lords, and had its second reading on Monday 21 November. Its aim was described by the Justice Minister, Lord McNally, as “nothing less than intelligent, radical reform of the justice system”. The purpose of this blog is to highlight one aspect of the justice system that is certainly in need of intelligent and maybe radical reform. Unfortunately, the kind of reform which the Government has in mind, in this category of case …
By Neasa MacErlean
As we await the next Finance Bill, people with a green disposition have every right to feel impatient about the lack of progress on environmental taxation. The recent Budget followed the example of its predecessors in neglecting the area. In fact, with its help for motorists it set back the cause. Or am I being unfair?
If the UK is going to reduce its emissions it will have to create new tax laws to change behaviour. At the moment there is only a handful of specifically green taxes – …
By James Wilson
Environmental protests have received many headlines recently, with trespass and criminal damage being committed at a number of power stations in an attempt to interrupt their operation or shut them down altogether.
The protestors have often sought to argue that they were acting to prevent the greater wrong of the carbon emissions of the stations in question. Surprisingly, on at least one occasion (the Kingsnorth protestors in Kent) this argument has earned them an acquittal. Perhaps equally surprisingly some lawyers have written in support of this (see eg this …