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Quarry operator adds 100,000 bees to Derbyshire hills

Quarry operator adds 100,000 bees to Derbyshire hills

One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries and biodiversity in surrounding areas improved, to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain’s bee population. Hope Construction Materials, the UK’s leading independent supplier of concrete and cement, has introduced 100,000 bees across its two largest operations...


windfarm_sunset by Charles Cook via flickr

Scientists develop new technology to make wind turbines more efficient

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a novel technique to predict when bearings inside wind turbines will fail which could make wind energy even cheaper. The method, developed by Mechanical Engineering research student Wenqu Chen, uses ultrasonic waves to measure the load transmitted through a ball bearing...


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Study pinpoints the amount of food wasted by average consumer

A new study analysing available statistics on consumer food waste has estimated that Europeans waste an average of 123 kg per capita annually, or 16% of all food reaching consumers. Almost 80% (97 kg) is avoidable as it is edible food. Averaged for all EU citizens, this translates into...


Making a round of tea for workmates is one of the best ways to help save the planet

Making a round of tea for workmates is one of the best ways to help save the planet

Making a round of tea for your workmates is one of the best ways to help save the planet, according to a study. Experts have compiled a list of the top 45 things people can change at work which can save their bosses money and help the environment at...


UN warns sustainable development goals depend on accurate data

UN warns sustainable development goals depend on accurate data

Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals that countries have recently agreed on, according to a United Nations expert on the issue. “There’s a recognition of the...


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US Clean Power Plan could reduce coal power by up to 60GW by 2020, says analyst

The US government’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan (CPP) will have a negative impact on the country’s coal industry, with the potential loss of up to 60 Gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity by 2020, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. Pavan Vyakaranam, GlobalData’s Associate Project...


Investors warned of risks of corporate lobbying on climate change

Investors warned of risks of corporate lobbying on climate change

FTSE 100 companies’ membership of trade associations that have lobbied against progressive climate policies puts their investors at risk, says ShareAction in an investor briefing released today. The briefing analyses the risks of membership of obstructive EU trade associations to companies and their investors, and sets out key recommendations...


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Scotland and Wales stand together in battle for community green energy projects

The Scottish and Welsh Governments have linked-up to call on Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to re-think Whitehall plans to cut support for renewable energy projects. In a joint letter, described as a “demonstration of strength of feeling”, the devolved administrations warn that investment in community energy projects is...


Kenyan tea factory switches to biomass to help save the forests

Kenyan tea factory switches to biomass to help save the forests

The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Makomboki Tea Factory is the air. It’s clear, absent of the dark smoke that billows from the boilers of Kenya’s other tea factories. Of the 66 tea factories under the management of the Kenya Tea Development Authority, Makomboki is...


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Crowdfunding investors cheer successful exit from E-Car Club

A groundbreaking UK all-electric car-sharing enterprise has been sold to Europcar Group, creating the world’s first successful exit by crowdfunding investors. The 63 Crowdcube investors enjoyed a multiple return on their £100,000 total investment in E-Car Club. E-Car Club, started by social entrepreneurs Chris Morris and Andrew Wordsworth in...


UK to trial ‘electric highways’ that will wirelessly recharge EVs

UK to trial ‘electric highways’ that will wirelessly recharge EVs

Trials of pioneering technology needed to power electric and hybrid vehicles on England’s major roads are due to take place later this year. The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work safely and effectively on the country’s motorways and major A...


windfarm_sunset by Charles Cook via flickr

Price of US wind energy drops to record low of less than 2.5¢/kWh

The US Government today confirmed energy suppliers are switching to wind after figures revealed the cost of wind energy has reached an all-time low. A report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found windfarms are fast becoming the preferred source of...


Ground-breaking £5m social investment fund launches for investors

Ground-breaking £5m social investment fund launches for investors

An innovative new social investment fund launches today in Bristol. The £5m ‘Resonance Bristol Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Fund’ by impact investment specialists Resonance is one of the first of its kind in the UK and enables sophisticated investors to invest in a tax efficient way in social...


Scotland moves to ban GM crops under new EU laws

Scotland moves to ban GM crops under new EU laws

The Scottish Government has moved swiftly to take advantage of new EU laws to outlaw the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced the decision saying he wanted to protect Scotland’s clean, green status. Mr Lochhead confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take...


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IKEA becomes first major global retailer to offer full LED lighting range

Home furnishing retailer IKEA today announced it will become the first major global retailer to offer a 100 per cent LED lighting range when the brand’s LED roll-out completes in September 2015. IKEA LED offers a range of benefits compared to previous incandescent varieties: * Use 85% less energy...



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