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“Fracking Opponents Risk Locking us into Coal and Higher CO2 Gas Imports for Longer”

By acting to stop the extraction of shale gas in the UK, opponents risk delaying the switch from coal-to-gas in electricity generation whilst increasing foreign imports of higher CO2 natural gas, preventing the urgent cuts in carbon emissions that are needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change....


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2016 Wind Power Output in Scotland “Off to a Flying Start”

Scotland’s wind power output got “off to a flying start” in January, said environmental groups yesterday (Monday 8th February). Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found that for the month of January: Wind turbines in Scotland alone provided 1,125,544MWhof electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply,...


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Energy Minister Comments on Total Announcement on West of Shetland Fields in Scotland

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said “The Scottish Government welcomes the announcement from Total that production has started from the West of Shetland Laggan and Tormore fields. “The gas from these fields will be sent to the newly constructed Shetland Gas Plant, where it will be treated and processed, before being...


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Greenpeace Fracks Westminster

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has built a 10-metre high drill rig in Parliament Square. The campaign is to highlight the government’s determination to push through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) over local opposition. Lancashire is at the centre of the current campaign as the local authority has said no to drilling but the...


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Scottish Government welcomes first council to sign up to new consistent approach to recycling.

Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has praised Falkirk Council for its commitment to improving recycling in Scotland, after announcing today (Thursday) it is the first local authority to sign up to the Scottish Government and COSLA’s new Household Recycling Charter. The Cabinet Secretary was joined by Councillor Craig Martin,...


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ChinaChem Takeover of Syngenta – Greenpeace statement

On the announcement of ChemChina to takeover the pesticide and seed company Syngenta, Philippe Schenkel, Ecological Farming Campaigner at Greenpeace Switzerland, said “The proposed takeover of Syngenta by ChemChina – a state owned Fortune 500 company – is another indication that Big Agribusiness is in turmoil. The continuing concentration of...


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Campaigners Call on Politicians to Deliver Climate Action

Campaigners are getting on their bikes to call on politicians to deliver climate action in advance of this year’s Holyrood elections. A team of cyclists from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland rode around Edinburgh today (Thurs 4 Feb), delivering the campaign’s Scottish Parliament manifesto to the five parties currently represented in...


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Pan-European Sustainable Investment Training Course Project Consortium Looks to The Future

Financial advisers and other finance professionals with an interest in sustainable and responsible investment will now have an exciting new opportunity to learn more about this rapidly growing and evolving area.  Beginning in June 2015, a consortium of nine European partners, among them UKSIF, the UK Sustainable Investment and...


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Exeter Businesses To Be Boosted By World-Class Technology Research Facility

Businesses in Exeter could be boosted by the creation of a new world-class technology research facility in the city, as new plans are announced today by Exeter City Futures. The consortium of local stakeholders, including Exeter City Council and Oxygen House Investments (formerly Andromeda Capital), have unveiled plans to...


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Council Doubles Solar PV with New Avonmouth Solar Farm

Bristol City Council has added a new solar farm to its existing wind turbine site in Avonmouth. Together, the site could generate enough clean energy to power over 4,000 homes and is expected to save over 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted. This represents a milestone in...


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According to FAO, 17 Percent of Livestock Breeds Are at Risk of Extinction

Over 350 animal breeds have already been catalogued in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, but there is still much to do. A report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a few days ago presents a list of significant and worrying data: 17 percent of livestock breeds are...


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New Survey Finds Majority of Social Enterprise Leaders Would Vote to Stay in EU

A survey* carried out by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has found that three-quarters (74%) of those running social enterprises would vote for Britain to stay in the European Union (EU) if a referendum were held. This compares to 1 in 7 (15%) who would vote for Britain to leave....


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European Parliament Lets Car Industry Off the Hook – Real Driving Emissions Testing Vote

Today the European Parliament voted to allow emissions limits for diesel vehicles up to 50% above the current legal levels. In a move that could have severe repercussions for public health, they supported the European Commission’s proposals to allow diesel vehicles to pollute more than was proposed in 2007....


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EU Parliament Opposes Import of Three Herbicide-Resistant GM Crops

Today, the European Parliament voted to oppose the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans into the European Union. It said the Commission’s proposed authorisation of GM soybeans MON 87705×MON 89788, FG72 and MON 87708×MON 89788 for use as food and feed was “not consistent with Union law” that...


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Create Sovereign Wealth Fund for Renewables Support, Calls Industry

For renewables to be a commercial success and a sustained contributor to the UK’s energy mix, subsidy support needs to be delivered by the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, agreed key stakeholders at a roundtable event hosted by environmental PR specialist, Prova. Continual change and uncertainty surrounding renewables...