Jon Hughes

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The future of energy is renewable

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 27th February 2009
The recent U-turn by of some of the UK's leading environmentalists - and one-time nuclear energy opponents - on the issue of nuclear energy, has caused vigourous debate in the media. Their reasoning is that we simply don't have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy to meet our needs. But as this comprehensive Ecologist report from 2007 shows the UK is really a renewable energy powerhouse.

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Investigations

Talking about the Why Generation

Ed Hamer
Jon Hughes
| 1st February 2008
February 1968. From South Vietnam the explosive Teêt Offensive has dealt a final blow to shattered US troops and sparked a worldwide appetite for insurrection. Left destitute by standards of living and provoked by a three-year war on their ideological comrades, student leaders across Europe rise up with a single voice ‘We shall fight. We will win. Paris, London, Rome, Berlin.’ Within six weeks, 20,000 protesters will besiege the American embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square. It is the Spring of Discontent, and revolution is the air.

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Investigations

The Brofiscin saga

Jon Hughes
| 10th January 2008
The answer to the ongoing Brofiscin saga lies not in the South Wales Quarry but in Doncaster. Jon Hughes explains the complex legal judgement that has paralysed the Environment Agency and undermined its raison d’etre; to make the polluter pay

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The Brofiscin saga

Jon Hughes
| 10th January 2008
The answer to the ongoing Brofiscin saga lies not in the South Wales Quarry but in Doncaster. Jon Hughes explains the complex legal judgement that has paralysed the Environment Agency and undermined its raison d’etre; to make the polluter pay

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Ecologist June 2007

Silenced witness

Jon Hughes
| 30th November 2007
Following last month's exclusive Ecologist investigation, Burying the truth, the Douglas Gowan story continues...

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Power On - Solar Power

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
Every year, each square metre of the UK receives between 900 and 1200 kWh of solar radiation. Capturing just some of this energy could make a significant contribution to fulfilling our energy requirements.

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Power On - Tidal Power

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
The potential for the use of tidal power in the UK is enormous, amounting to, at the very least, 20 per cent of our electricity needs.

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Power On - Wind

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
The UK has been described as the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of wind, with some 50 TWh of onshore and at least 450 TWh of offshore power available every year, well in excess of our current electricity demand.

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Power On - Hydrogen

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
There is much talk of the possibility of a future ‘hydrogen economy’, which will power all our vehicles and homes. It is important to remember that hydrogen is not an energy source; it is an energy carrier. To obtain hydrogen it must be split from either natural gas or water molecules. The former, most widely used, method not only requires energy but also gives off carbon dioxide (CO2) in the process. Hydrogen produced in this way requires more energy to make than will eventually be returned when it is used. It makes more sense from a climate perspective to burn the natural gas itself than to convert and re-convert it to hydrogen in this way.

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Power On - Nuclear Power

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
Even among green campaigners, nuclear energy is quietly gaining ground as a potential solution to the impending energy crisis. However several issues – particularly those of raw materials, cost and waste – remain unaddressed within the mainstream of opinion.

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Power On - Energy from Waste

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
Each year, UK livestock produce some 60 million tonnes of collectable faeces. If left to run into water-courses or even spread on fields, this waste can lead to the same problems associated with excessive fertiliser use – algal blooms and aquatic life starved of oxygen.

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Power On - Clean Coal

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
Clean Coal Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the technology of stripping carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil fuels and then burying it as a liquid underground.

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Burying The Truth

Jon Hughes
Pat Thomas
| 11th October 2007
What does Douglas Gowan know that everyone else wants to keep hidden? For 40 years the story of Brofiscin Quarry – now the most polluted place in the UK – has been suppressed...

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Football’s cold war

Jon Hughes
| 1st August 2007
Football used to be a sport. A great one. Exciting, all-consuming – heck, we played, talked, lived and breathed it. Now it’s another commodity, traded among the super-rich. And, laments Jon Hughes, the Yanks have bought ‘my’ club

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Investigations

Safe as Houses?

Jon Hughes
Rebecca Bole
| 1st July 2007
The insurance industry is set to abandon two million British homeowners to the perils of climate change. Jon Hughes and Rebecca Bole report

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