Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stop Hinkley Demands Permanent Closure Of Hinkley Point B

Blockade Hinkley Point 7 by GLOBAL 2000 via flickr
A recent report, published by Green MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, has shown that EDF Energy has requested that the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) relax safety standards by doubling the number of cracks allowed in radioactive cores of ageing reactors like Hinkley Point B. Prolonged radiation bombardment causes the thousands of graphite bricks that make up reactor cores to...

Solar Industry Praises Government’s Industrial Strategy

Solar Symmetry by Gambier20 via flickr
The publication today of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Consultation has been welcomed by The Solar Trade Association (STA). The consultation launched by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) highlights affordable decarbonisation, as well as energy storage as priorities for the Government. Coming shortly after BEIS and Ofgem’s smart power consultation the latest proposals reaffirm Government’s direction of travel...

Carers Will Continue To Miss Out On State Pensions Unless Governments Act

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The government must do more to ensure that carers don’t miss out on National Insurance credits that may increase their state pension. Official figures show that 95% of carers are missing out on state pension Carer’s Credits and Sarah Pennells, founder of money website SavvyWoman.co.uk, has launched a petition to highlight this: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176067. Carer’s Credits are available to those who care for...

People urged To Vote For The Beavers Of Scotland

Return Of The Eurasian Beaver Welcomed By Trial Partners
Members of the public are being asked to give their backing to beavers in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. The Eurasian beaver is one of four species shortlisted in the ‘Wildlife Success Story’ category following its successful reintroduction to Scotland. The winner will be decided by a public vote. The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the two...

UK-GBC Respond To Government Industrial Strategy

Autumn Statement Reveals Renewed Living Standards Set To Be Worse In This Parliament
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to the release of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. The publication of of the Government strategy coincides with UK-GBC’s City Summit in Leeds, where the Chair of Core Cities, Cllr Judith Blake, is addressing city leaders and business executives. The summit is convening city leaders, on the day of the industrial strategy launch,...

WWF Urge Government Not To Allow Oil Companies To Dodge Clean-Up Obligations

WWF Scotland React To North Sea Decommissioning
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks has commented on calls upon Ministers to consider allowing oil companies to leave old platforms in the North Sea instead of removing them after use. Banks said: “Having made hundreds of millions of pounds in profit over the years, oil and gas companies should not be allowed to dodge their obligations to clean up their mess...

London Air Pollution: Restrict Traffic Not Outdoor Activity

Sunset @ London by d26b73 via flickr
Reacting to London's air pollution alert which was so high that adults and children have been told to reduce outdoor activities, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg released the following statements. “It’s outrageous that children, who have done nothing to cause the problem, need to be kept indoors when air pollution is bad. Instead, the Mayor should introduce emergency...

Lonmin Given Deadline To Make Marikana Massacre Commitments By South African Bishop

Lonmin Given Deadline To Make Marikana Massacre Commitments By South African Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Johannes Seoka will join international solidarity groups in London, 26 January, to demand the UK miner meets its commitments for victim compensation and improved worker living conditions before 16 August, which will mark the five year anniversary of the police massacre which killed 34 miners in 2012. When? Thursday 26 January 2017, 9:30am – 10:15am Where? Outside the Lonmin...

Government Industrial Strategy : WWF-UK Reaction

Campaigners Call Plans To Drop Ending Hereditary Peer By-Elections 'Absurd'
Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate and Energy Policy at WWF-UK has responded to the Government's industrial strategy with the following statements. “The Industrial Strategy is an important opportunity to put low carbon growth at the heart of our economy and build a strong, progressive and competitive industrial base that delivers jobs and prosperity well into the future. But the Strategy will...

Greenpeace Reaction To Government’s Industrial Strategy Statement

Greenpeace have responded to the Government announcement on Industrial Strategy stating "we need more support for new offshore wind, not more nuclear." Kate Blagojevic, Greenpeace Head of Energy said: "The government's Industrial Strategy is crucial for delivering a forward-looking, highly skilled and innovative 21st century British economy. Renewable technology and low carbon transport are the way forward – so it is great...

New Research Explains Adaptation To Changing Climates

New Research Explains Adaptation To Changing Climates
We are one step closer to understanding how polar organisms are impacted by climate change after an international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed micro algae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates. The team led by Prof Thomas Mock from the University of East Anglia (UEA) School of Environmental Sciences...

GIIN Appoints New Global Liaison For East Africa

GIIN Appoints New Global Liaison For East Africa
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) have announced the appointment of Ashley Elliot as Global Liaison for East Africa. Mr. Elliot will work out of Dares Salaam, Tanzania, to help the GIIN build strategic partnerships, promote impact investing and support GIIN members across the region. Mr. Elliot becomes the GIIN’s fourth global liaison, highlighting the GIIN’s growing global presence and support...

Leading Scientists Gather For Urgent Need For Arctic Change

Leading Scientists Gather For Urgent Need For Arctic Change
Growing concern prompts ‘Arctic Basecamp’ at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting calling for responsible and responsive leadership on Arctic change. On Wednesday 18 January, 2017, eminent scientists, government representatives and business leaders will come together to discuss and address the complex challenges Arctic change presents to the world. Their message to the Davos delegation, the world’s most powerful global audience, is...

Marine Energy Must Set Out Priorities To Compete With Other Low Carbon Sources

Tidal To Play An Important Role In Clean Power According To FoE
Certain priorities for the UK's marine energy industry must be maintained if it is to compete with other low carbon sources of energy, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Reflecting on its 10 years of work in marine energy the ETI believes the focus should be on exploiting tidal stream technology commercially. This is because tidal stream has the...

Inefficiency Of Mainstream Banks For SMEs Highlighted By New Research

IEM plc Appoints Aine Kelly As Director
New research by a leading specialist lender of flexible working capital to SMEs has revealed certain problems in lending from mainstream banks. Nearly half (47%) of small and medium-sized business (SME) owners claim the business advice they received in the last year from their mainstream bank had a negative impact on their business operations and one in six (16%) of...
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