The Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Published Friday, December 9, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0543
The term nexus describes the key interactions between parts of a system or systems. This POSTnote summarises current understanding of the interactions between water, energy and food production and examines how nexus approaches can be used to inform policy decisions.
Natural Capital: An Overview
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0542
The benefits derived from natural resources include food, recreation and clean air and water. The aim of valuing these resources is to quantify better the cost of their degradation. This POSTnote summarises how to value natural capital, discusses the advantages and challenges of approaches and describes some initiatives to secure natural capital for the future.
Tree planting in the UK
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0241
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 9.30am. The debate will be opened by Chris Davies MP.
Increasing competition in the water industry
Published Monday, November 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7259
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises the market reforms set out in the Water Act 2014 relating to increasing competition for the non-household retail market and the upstream market, including progress on implementation and background to the reform. It also summarises recent developments relating to increasing competition in the domestic retail market.
Circular economy for leftover paint
Published Friday, November 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0210
This Pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the circular economy for leftover paint, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 2.30pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Angela Smith MP.
Published Friday, October 28, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0198
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on global biodiversity, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 2.30pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Dame Caroline Spelman MP.
Driven grouse shooting
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0191
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 31 October 2016 to consider e-petitions 125003 (Ban driven grouse shooting) and 164851 (Protect grouse moors and grouse shooting) relating to driven grouse shooting. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Petitions Committee.
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7709
Grouse shooting takes place on moorlands managed for the birds. The Government believes that grouse shooting makes a significant economic, social and environmental contribution. However, others are concerned that grouse moor management is leading to environmental damage and the illegal killing of birds of prey. Two public petitions have been launched on this matter, on both sides of the argument. The Petitions Committee took evidence from witnesses on 18 October 2016, and a debate is scheduled for 31 October 2016.
Topics: Agriculture, Agriculture and environment, Biodiversity, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Countryside, Environmental protection, Flooding, Food, Nature conservation, Wildlife
Green Space and Health
Published Monday, October 17, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0538
A range of bodies, including Government agencies, have promoted the possible physical and mental health benefits of access to green space. This POSTnote summarises the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature, such as reducing rates of non-communicable diseases, and the challenges for urban green spaces.
Leaving the European Union: Environment and Climate Change
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0050
On 20 October 2016, the House of Lords will debate the future of environmental and climate change policy in the light of the EU referendum. This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of a selection of European legislation which relates to the environment and climate change, and outlines how it has been implemented in the UK. The briefing also briefly discusses the EU’s international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This briefing does not provide an analysis of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the EU. However, it does include a selection of recent statements made by the Government on these issues.
Rewilding and Ecosystem Services
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0537
This POSTnote explores the consequences of increasing the role of natural processes within landscapes. Evidence from the UK and abroad suggests that rewilding can benefit both wildlife and local people, but animal reintroductions could adversely affect some land-users.
Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Arts, Aviation, Business support, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Competition, Consumers, Criminal law, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Economic and monetary union, Economic policy, Economic situation, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Health services, Health staff and professions, Higher education, Housing benefits, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industrial relations, Industry, International development, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International trade, Media, Medicine, Military operations, Nationality, Patient rights and complaints, Pensions, Pollution, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Shipping, Sports and Olympic Games, Standards, Students, Taxation, Terrorism, Waste management, Water
Commons Library analysis: Energy Storage in the UK
Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7621
Energy storage is expected to play an increasing role in managing an increasingly decentralised electricity grid in the next few years.
Ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares
Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0148
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held on Thursday 21 July 2016 on a ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares.
The topic for this debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate will be introduced by Jim Dowd MP on the motion:
That this House notes the indiscriminate and cruel nature of snares, the failure of previous attempts at voluntary and self-regulation amongst operators, and the continued suffering caused to thousands of animals every year by these traps; and calls on the Government to implement a full ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares at the earliest opportunity.
Sources of Statistics: Environment
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07123
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on the environment.
Sources of Statistics: Energy
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03841
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on energy in the UK.
Sources of Statistics 2016
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7637
This briefing paper brings together sources of statistics on subject areas covered by the Economic Policy & Statistics and Social & General Statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. In doing so it draws upon the knowledge of Library specialists, aiming to provide comprehensive topic-by-topic guides for use by anyone interested in the statistical series that underpin the United Kingdom.
Topics: Agriculture, Benefits administration, Charities, Civil Service, Crime, Defence expenditure, Economic policy, Economic situation, Elections, Energy, Environmental protection, Health services, Housing, Immigration, Local government, Parliament, Schools
Broadband in Wales
Published Monday, July 4, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0132
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on broadband in Wales to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 6 July at 2.30pm. Mr Mark Williams MP initiated the debate.
Ceramic and Brick Industries
Published Monday, June 13, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0124
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on ceramic and brick industries to take place in Westminster Hall on 15 June 2016. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Wendy Morton MP.
Marine Microplastic Pollution
Published Sunday, June 5, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0528
Plastic pollution is accumulating rapidly in the world’s oceans. The potential effects of microplastics on the environment and human health are an area of active research. This POSTnote summarises their sources and spread, the evidence that they present a risk and possible strategies to reduce plastic pollution.