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GBP 500m European Investment Bank Backing for Caithness Moray Transmission Link

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 500 million to support a major reinforcement of the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland to improve connections between wind, wave and tidal renewable energy schemes and the national power network. The new power link will help secure...


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Indigenous Peoples and Greenpeace Demand an End to Amazonian Dam Project

Activists today peacefully protested against a planned mega dam project in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Austrian company Andritz, one of the global leaders in technology for hydroelectric dams. The São Luiz do Tapajós-dam would be built in the Tapajós River, in...


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Anesco Constructs Solar Farm that will Support Local Community in Chesterfield

National energy efficiency solutions company Anesco has played a key role in a ground-breaking new community solar farm in Chesterfield, which will provide a long term funding stream for local charity groups for 40 years. The company has constructed a brand-new solar farm at Oxcroft for Chesterfield Community Energy,...


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Climate Factors Fuel Both Gloom and Bloom for Car Makers

A new report, analyzing 15 of the world’s largest automakers with combined market capitalization of US$846 billion, has found that tightening regulations on emissions are having a significant business impact in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal six months ago. The report uses data from CDP – voted no....


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Investment Sought From Individuals for £5m Community Energy Project Near Stratford-upon-Avon

Investment is being sought from members of the public for a £5million community energy project near Stratford-upon-Avon that will offer 5% gross returns for investors, while providing a long term funding stream for local charity groups. Stratford Community Energy is coordinating the project, which has seen a large solar...


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Ineos Reopens Plant to use Fracked Gas – FOES Reacton

Reacting to the news that Inoes will used fracked gas from the US at a reopened plant at Grangemouth, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Fracking has been stopped here because of its impact on local communities and climate change, but Ineos are imposing...


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Aldi UK Pesticide Review to Protect Pollinators Welcomed by Friends of the Earth

Aldi UK’s decision to review its pesticide policy, including the use of neonicotinoids, has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth. The review is due to be completed later this year. In a letter to Friends of the Earth, Aldi UK says: “The aim of this review is...


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Preparing a New Global Industry in the UK

Twice a day, every day, the Atlantic Ocean surges up on to the UK’s continental shelf and on to our coastline. This creates one of the highest tidal ranges in the world; an untapped energy source with huge potential. Harvesting the natural power of our tidal ranges here in...


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Longannet – Beginning of the End for Fossil Fuels

Longannet power station in Fife will burn its last lump of coal, ending over 45 years of producing electricity at Europe’s third largest coal-fired power station.  Friends of the Earth Scotland declared that this marks the beginning of the end for fossil fuels in Scotland. Dr Richard Dixon, Director...


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Asian Coal Boom: Climate Threat or Mirage?

Reports of a ‘coal boom’ in Asian Tiger economies are wide of the mark, report concludes Claims that Asia is on the verge of a huge expansion in coal burning for electricity generation are incorrect, says a new report. The report, Asia’s Tigers: Reconciling coal, climate and energy demand, argues...


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Citizen Science App to Track UK Allergy Sufferers

British allergy sufferers are to turn citizen scientists in a bid to decode the poorly understood world of seasonal allergies thanks to a free new app. The app – called #BritainBreathing – a collaboration between the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Immunology, and The University of...


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English Rivers at Risk from Climate Change says Environment Agency Report

The Environment Agency has published a new report that outlines the impacts climate change will have on English rivers, particularly on increasing algal blooms. Climate change will lower river flows, concentrating pollution, which will cause more algal blooms damaging wildlife and plants in rivers, wetlands and lakes. With only...


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Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016 Call for Nominations to Open Shortly

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) will formally open its call for nominations to the 2016 Low Carbon Champions Awards in the week beginning 11 April. The Champions Awards celebrate organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award...


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Use it or Lose it: UK has Offshore Assets and Opportunity to Meet Zero Carbon Ambitions

The UK Government is planning tighter climate laws to deliver net zero carbon emissions – but how? A new report shows how the UK’s unique assets can be used to support this ambition cost-effectively through carbon capture and storage (CCS) but warns that this opportunity must be grasped now,...


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Youth Environment Panel will ‘Reroute’ Young People’s Attitudes to Nature

  Young Scot and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have joined forces to establish a bold, new National Youth Advisory Group named ReRoute.  Made up of 14 young volunteers aged 13-23, the group will gather insights and ideas on biodiversity. They will be involved in actively engaging other young people...