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Scottish Organics Sector Grows As Impact Of Waste Regulations Settle

A new report from Zero Waste Scotland published today has revealed the amount of organic waste processed by Scotland’s anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting sector grew by an extra 30,000 tonnes in 2014     This shows the effect of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations which require food businesses and...


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EDF’s Hinkley Point C Decision “Defies Logic” – Responses

Today French state owned company EDF made the long awaited ‘final investment decision’ with its Chinese state owned partners to spend over £21 billion building Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset. 10pm Update: From BBC News: “Contracts were to be signed on Friday. But Business Secretary Greg Clark has...


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Youth Groups Call On Catholic Institutions To Divest From Fossil Fuels During World Youth Day

An open letter signed by over 120 youth groups and urging Pope Francis to call on Catholic organisations to divest from fossil fuels and to continue his efforts to divest the Vatican, will be publicly shared by young Fossil Free organisers.   WHAT: Multi-faith vigil WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2016,...


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Groundbreaking Air Pollution Monitoring Initiative To Be Launched

Drayson Technologies has partnered with sustainable transport charity Sustrans and East Barnet School to deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled air pollution monitoring programme.   Running throughout July, the initiative will equip 16 staff and students with CleanSpace Tags – portable air pollution sensors created by Drayson Technologies that are powered...


Solar Panels by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

Solar scientists put Scotland on world map

Scotland is quickly becoming a hub for research into solar power, with scientists from 10 universities probing the potential of the renewable energy source.   The current projects are looking at:   Developing cutting-edge materials to produce more energy, more cheaply Making fuel from carbon dioxide using sunlight How...


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FFI’s Annual Report shows carbon emissions remain over 460% of World Carbon Budget

The report on 200 of the largest fossil fuel companies focuses on investors, proving carbon emissions remain over 460% of world carbon budget   FFI, a provider of financial research and products for investors seeking to understand, measure, and act on climate risks, today launched their third annual report, The...


Coal by Alexandre G via FLickr

World’s largest proposed Greenfield Coal Project allegedly ‘indebted’ and ‘opaque’

Ambiguity and opaque disclosures continue to dog the world’s largest proposed new thermal coal project – the Carmichael Coal proposal of India’s Adani Enterprises in the Galilee Basin of central Queensland. “Excessive financial leverage combines with complex offshore corporate structures, tax havens, government investigations into alleged multi-billion dollar over-invoicing...


Dawns by Hernán Piñera via FLickr

New film shows fishermen searching for ghost gear solutions

International charity, World Animal Protection, have launched a new film showing how fishermen are helping each other to protect their businesses from the blight of ghost gear Watch the film here Fishing litter or ‘ghost gear’ is used to describe nets, pots, lines and ropes that have been lost...


Bee by Colin J via Flickr

Pesticides may act as contraception for bees

A new study from the University of Bern has shown that two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees   Responding to the study, Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth bee campaigner, said: “This study is yet another piece of the scientific jigsaw which is increasingly revealing...


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New Satellite Tasking Service launched for forestry and environmental usage

Airbus Defence and Space Launches “One Tasking”, New Satellite Tasking Service for Forestry and Environmental Applications   Airbus Defence and Space launched its latest development in satellite imagery acquisition and distribution, One Tasking. Representing a major step change, One Tasking offers customers working in forestry and environmental fields the...


Beef! by Michael Cannon via Flickr

Ban on US imported beef in Britain is lifted, but protection is still needed

As it is announced that the US ban on importing British red meat is to be lifted after nearly 20 years, Friends of the Earth argues that protection from US hormone treated beef must still remain in place. Responding to today’s announcement that the US import ban on British red...


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WWF-UK Responds to expansion of London City Airport

Following news that the Government has approved expansion of London City Airport, WWF-UK Climate and Aviation Specialist responds James Beard WWF-UK Climate and Aviation Specialist commented, “It is reckless and irresponsible for the Government to keep on expanding UK airport capacity without having a robust and credible plan to tackle the...


Seafood City West Covina Front by John Bravo via Flickr

UK seafood shoppers choose Sustainability over Price and Brand

According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), UK shoppers are more concerned with preserving the oceans than price and brand when buying seafood   In fact, over half (52%) of British seafood consumers are willing to pay more for certified sustainable seafood – specifically, up to 11% more on MSC-labelled...


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World’s largest carbon producers face allegations of Human Rights

Companies responsible for the majority of fossil fuel products that have been manufactured, marketed, and sold since the industrial revolution have been ordered to respond to a legal petition that triggered the first-ever national human rights investigation concerning climate change. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR)...


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Environment Committee calls on Government to maintain EU protections

The Environmental Audit Committee has today called on the government to maintain existing EU levels of environmental protection following Brexit. Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee request to David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sam Lowe, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said:“The vote for Brexit...