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Josephine Malone

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring March 3rd 2014

Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the effect of the Ukraine crisis on Europe’s gas prices, the prediction that Europe’s flood losses will soar, and the UK wind farm industry in decline as it is found to be unprofitable, and more.

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring March 3rd 2014

Ukraine crisis: Europe’s stored gas high as prices soar

Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the current crisis in Ukraine could have a damaging effect on one of Europe’s main energy supply routes, according to the BBC. read more.

Europe’s flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows

Floods like those experienced in parts of Britain in recent months could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens and more people live in vulnerable areas, research published in the Nature Climate Change journal has claimed. read more.

Wind farm plans in tatters after subsidy rethink

Developers are abandoning plans for new wind farms in Britain because they are “no longer financially viable”, according to the Daily Telegraph. read more.

 

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Matthew Moth

Some positive news on housing stats…but a long way to go

At the beginning of 2014, Madano’s built environment team made a prediction that ‘during the year the UK will start the highest number of new homes since the pre-financial crunch quarterly high of March 2007, we are targeting around 130,000.’ Read more

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 27 February

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring careers in construction, Nick Clegg on Garden Cities, privately financed roads and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 27 Feb 2014

Careers in construction involve ‘dirty hard work’, say 35% of teachers

More than a third of teachers and careers advisers believe construction is an unattractive career opportunity involving “dirty hard work”, new research has revealed.  read more

Nick Clegg “build garden cities or face more countryside planning disputes”

Britain will see a “whole rash of planning disputes” unless the Government commits to building new garden cities, Nick Clegg has warned.  read more

Transport minister warns against privately financed roads

Roads minister Robert Goodwill has pledged that the major roads network will not be privatised and said government-funded roads provided better value than private schemes.  read more

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Matthew Moth

Come on Nick…garden cities won’t magically solve our housing issues

I was intrigued to read this morning latest salvoes from Nick Clegg in the increasingly fractious pre-election planning and housing debate. Read more

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Julien Cozens

Video didn’t really kill the radio star – and neither has social media

As communicators we are challenged not only with crafting the “right” message, but also choosing the appropriate medium to make it as effective as possible. And as digital technology has fuelled the explosion of social media from Facebook, through LinkedIn to Twitter and beyond, we are faced with a head spinning array of choices we could barely imagine ten years ago.

Are we, however, becoming so focused on “new media” that we are forgetting the effectiveness of one of its traditional cousins, who is in fact also benefitting from digital technology? Read more

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Josephine Malone

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring February 25th 2014

Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the British government’s plans to keep Scotland using the oil and gas sector, concern that the UK is losing its allure for clean energy investors, and the claim that volcanic eruptions could cause the global warming ‘pause’, and more.

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring February 25th 2014

Keen to keep Scotland, UK unveils boost to oil and gas sector

The British government has said that it will put in place measures to make it easier to unlock hard-to-extract North Sea gas and billions of barrels of oil as it tries to persuade Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. read more.

Is the UK losing its allure for clean energy investors?

A “worrying lack of clarity on the government’s long-term energy strategy” has seen the UK slip a place in a world ranking of the most attractive countries for renewable energy investment. read more.

Volcanic eruptions ‘contributed to global warming pause’, scientists claim

The impact of volcanic eruptions on global warming could provide a new explanation for the so-called “pause” used by sceptics to deny climate change is happening, scientists have said. read more.

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 20 February

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring construction growth, Deloitte warning Green Deal Cashback and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 20 Feb 2014

Construction at 6.3% of GDP as £2.1bn housing growth puts industry on road to recovery

The ONS estimates that the construction industry grew in 2013 by 1.3 per cent, or £1.49bn, with an estimated annual volume output of £112.6bn.  read more

Deloitte warns of construction cost rises

Construction costs are set rise sharply in the first half of this year as pricing power shifts from clients to contractors, a report by Deloitte Real Estate has predicted.  read more

Green Deal Cashback scheme given go ahead

A scheme to give homeowners money back for installing Green Deal measure has been extended for three months.  read more

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Jessica Evans

Operation recovery: bringing care.data back to life through good communications

Communication, or lack of it in this case, has brought a temporary halt to NHS England’s plan to implement a new database system called care.data which will house anonymised data from all our GP records, unless we opt-out, for the benefit of future patient treatment. The cause of this temporary hiatus was a concerted campaign by patient groups, charities and privacy campaigners saying that patients have been so inadequately informed about the new system it would be unfair to implement it.  Read more

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