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Approaching South Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands by John Haslam via Flckr

Orkney Energy Scheme Receives £1.2m Boost

Residents in the Orkney Islands are to benefit from a new smart-control energy system linking the renewable energy generated from wind turbines to the heating systems in their homes.   Around 100 households in the islands are to trial the new scheme after the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development...


on crompton shore by Enthony P Bruce via Flckr

Scottish Renewables Respond to New Offshore Building Plans

Vattenfall has decided to invest more than £300 million to build Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.   Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “This announcement is great news for Scotland’s offshore wind industry, and together with developments at Levenmouth, Hunterston and Statoil’s Hywind...


Fukushima river by bluXgraphics via Flikr

Fukushima River Radiation 200 Times Higher Than Pacific Ocean

According to Greenpeace Japan’s survey released today, radioactive contamination residing in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above the levels of pre-2011, whereas contamination in local rivers is up to 200 times higher than ocean sediment. “The extremely high levels of radioactivity we found along the river systems...


Solar by Acid Pix via Flikr

Households In South Australia Can Save Thousands

An analysis by Solar Citizens in their State of Solar report, amongst the misinformed and aggravated debate about electricity prices in South Australia, has revealed that SA is currently the best place in Australia for households to install solar and save money. “South Australia has the highest percentage of...


Agriculture by StateofIsrael via Flckr

Agriculture To Possibly Play Part In Emissions Reduction

Organic farming claims agriculture should contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions Brussels, 20 July 2016 – The organic food and farming movement welcomes the Commission’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key economic sectors such as agriculture by 30% by 2030, but warns that allowing forest carbon credits...


NYC Clean Heat Project - mapping local air pollution by Carbon Visuals via Flckr

The World’s Most Advanced Map Of Air Pollution To Be Created

Gophr bicycle couriers will be equipped with CleanSpace Tags™ and LoRa™ trackers to provide real-time air pollution mapping across Greater London. Drayson Technologies is today announcing its plans to build the world’s most advanced air pollution map, for Greater London, and new partnerships with Gophr and Inmarsat to achieve...


Houses of Parliament and Big Ben by Kimberley via Flckr

New Government Praised For A Solid Start On Climate Change

Christian Aid today notes the work done by the new Government as the Fifth Carbon Budget passed both Houses or Parliament just less than a week after the new Prime Minister was appointed. Responding to the successful passage of the budget through Parliament, Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Adviser Dr...


Niagara Falls Hydro Plant by Louis via Flckr

Climate Bonds Calls For Hydropower Technical Working Group

Climate Bonds has convened a Hydropower Technical Working Group (TWG) to assess and develop criteria for climate friendly investments in hydropower. The aim is to develop criteria that can identify and monitor hydropower investments which deliver climate mitigation benefits and/or incorporate adaptation and resilience impacts, whilst screening out those...


Greenpeace at Latutude 2010 by Howard Lake via Flickr

Greenpeace Claims Cancelling Illegal Conecessions Isn’t Enough

Following the release of the Greenpeace report outlining several breaches of the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) moratorium, DRC’s Minister of Environment, Mr. Robert Bopolo Bogeza, announced that “all three titles will be cancelled,” but Greenpeace says more still needs to be done. Greenpeace Africa welcomes the decision by DRC Minister of...


wheat by Jon Bunting via Flickr

NFU’s Complaint of ‘Fake’ Farm Branding Causes Response From Chief Executive

The Soil Association respond to the recent complaint claiming the use of fake farm names and misleading branding in the industry. A comment from chief executive, Helen Browning, on the NFU’s complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding follows, “The Soil Association strongly supports the NFU’s complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding. We...


Air pollution Level 5 by David Holt via Flickr

UK Toxic Air Pollution Levels Rise as Temperatures Increase

As UK temperatures reach their annual peak, air pollution rates will elevate to dangerous levels. Certain pollutants react with sunlight to create ozone, a toxic gas that causes respiratory complications. Ozone levels are forecast to be ‘moderate to high’ this week – constituting a serious health risk. But the...


Solar farm by Michael Mees via Flickr

New Swindon Community Solar Farm Established by Lark Energy

Bourne-based company Lark Energy (www.larkenergy.co.uk) are now creators of a new and unique project built to generate renewable power, whilst increasing the income for Swindon residents. The Swindon Community solar farm in Wroughton was developed by Public Power Solutions (PPS), a company wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council. The solar farm was...


Flood by Matthew Britton via Flikr

Funding Announcement For Climate Change Flooding Protection

The Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Dr Richard Dixon, has reacted to the Scottish Government funding announcement of flood protection for 10,000 homes. Dixon commented, “Today’s announcement will be welcome relief to thousands of people across Scotland who are witnessing first-hand the local weather changes brought about by...


11 glyphosae herbicide by Scott Nelson via Flikr

Different Conclusions Reached On Safety Of Glyphosate

Different conclusions were reached last year by the WHO’s IARC and EFSA regarding the safety of glyphosate. Given that EFSA’s review of glyphosate relies almost entirely on industry funded, unpublished studies, to reach any other conclusion from the WHO would be unthinkable. The reason that other eminent international scientists advising the...


car by bertknot via Flikr

Diesel Cars or People’s Lives: The Choice May Faces

Together with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Greenpeace today released Lethal and Illegal, new research based on air pollution modelling from King’s College, that demonstrates how clean air will be a reality but only if diesel vehicles are phased out altogether. The paper will be presented today at City Hall...