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Thursday 27th July 2017

Welcoming the government's 'Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan', but challenges lie ahead

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New plans announced by the Business and Energy Secretary this week to give homes and businesses more control over their energy use and support innovative new technologies, are a welcome and interesting move by the government.
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Thursday 27th July 2017
Thursday 20th July 2017

Using forests to manage carbon: a heated debate

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Professor Michael Tausz takes a look at the debate around using forests to manage carbon.
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Thursday 20th July 2017
Thursday 13th July 2017

We do not think of disabled people enough

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Speaking this week, the Prime Minister welcomed aspects of the new Taylor Review on Modern Work. But if the Government's aspiration to build a fairer society that unlocks all of its talents is to be realised, her team now needs to do more thinking as to how some workers, to whom the review pays little attention, can be empowered.
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Thursday 13th July 2017
Thursday 6th July 2017

Defibrillators: strengthening the chain of survival

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Phone boxes used to be a fixture of the British urban landscape, but as more people reach for their smartphone rather than a handful of loose change, increasing numbers of villages have been turning these iconic landmarks into defibrillation points.
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Thursday 6th July 2017
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