Environment and energy

Energy and environmental issues are never off the agenda in Parliament and this section provides analysis of issues such as energy infrastructure, energy security, climate change and agricultural innovations.

Persistent Toxic Substances

A range of toxic chemicals have become widely distributed throughout the environment as a result of their properties that resist degradation

Benefits of Earth Observation

This POSTnote will discuss the current uses and applications of Earth observation data and the implications of proposed reductions in funding for earth focussed science programmes.

Risk Assessment of Nanoparticles

This POSTnote will set out the evidence regarding environmental and health impacts of engineered nanoparticles, and the current regulatory approaches towards risk assessment and their associated challenges.

Alternative Gases for UK Heating

This POSTnote will examines the role that alternative gases, such as hydrogen and biomethane, might play in low-carbon heating.

Interconnections to Overseas Electricity Grids

This note would discuss the benefits and disadvantages of interconnections to overseas electricity grids and the potential effects of Brexit on interconnection investment and policy.

Meet the advisers

Jonathan Wentworth

Jonathan Wentworth

Jonny has a background in plant ecology with a PhD in plant ecological genetics. He worked as a civil servant in MAFF and Defra before joining POST.

Jack Miller

Jack joined POST following a placement with the National Assembly for Wales Research Service. He previously conducted research on energy-economy interactions at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), where he also completed an MSc in Energy Policy examining shale gas production in the US.